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In The Wild- A Pair of Jutlands and a Strath

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The Jutland Pants Sew-Along begins on Dec. 1st (we’re working on creating the custom pocket pattern pieces today!).  To give you some inspiration as you plan your pants, today I want to feature Duncan Macleod’s Jutlands.

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To read all the construction and fitting details about this pair of Jutlands, head to Duncan’s blog: dmacleodsmusings.  Duncan offer’s an inspiring approach to DIY.  On his blog he states:

“I can’t help but do for myself what might easily be done for me.”

Duncan discusses the similarities of sewing and welding and demonstrates the importance of spatial intelligence when creating something 3D from a 2D raw material.

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I really like Duncan’s choice of contrasting top stitching and the flat felled seams on these Jutlands look very professional.

Next, let me show you an excellent rendition of the Strathcona Henley!

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This Strathcona was made by Devon of Miss Make for her brother.  She chose a motorcycle themed fabric and worried a bit that it might be too cutesy.  She had no need to fear as her brother loves the shirt (enough to agree to model!) and I think he suceeds in making it look really chic!  When I read that this was a motorcycle themed Strathcona I had to squiiiint to see the motorcycles – I really like how subtle they are.

Thanks for sharing you finished projects guys!

 

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Comox Valley Makers/ Charity Sewing Edition

Nicole HeadshotSomething that is very important to me as an extrovert (and as a member of the human race) is to have close friendships as well as varied friendships. When Morgan and I met, we discussed the idea of forming a casual group of like-minded individuals to meet regularly with sewing as the excuse. Whether we actually sewed in the gatherings was irrelevant, but sewing could be the thread that binds the group together (pun totally intended), much like a book club where you don’t have to read the book.

 

At the end of September we got a few people together to eat homemade treats (Salsa! Banana Bread! Wine!) and talk about making. We talked about sewing, knitting, and veered off onto the topics of homeschooling, kids, the Valley and oh gosh who knows what else! Unfortunately we were too busy having fun to take any pictures, but I am sure you can imagine the cozy little scene. 🙂 We had a brief show and tell of recent projects and we worked together to cut some fabric for some charity sewing.

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I’d heard of Craft Hope‘s Project 25 for We Are Kenya through Facebook somewhere and wanted to help out. I wasn’t up to making a whole quilt in time, and knew there were many quilters who would jump to send one along, but I was pretty affected by the request for cloth sanitary pads. The idea that young women would have to leave school for a week every month for lack of pads was heartbreaking. Morgan found this tutorial at Little House Living and we spent our group evening cutting out flannelette and terry cloth. Morgan and I have been puttering away at them over the last couple of weeks and just last night we finished them up!

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Okay, we could have found some more adult fabric than cartoon fishies, but we used what we had and I’m hoping that young women, newly menstruating, will appreciate something a little silly.

The deadline is November 15th to send some pads, or stuffies, or scarves and hats and mittens to We Are Kenya so if you’d like to get involved, we definitely encourage you. Because sewing is basically a super power and as you know: “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”