Mesh – fabric of the moment?

Have you noticed mesh everywhere in the fabric shops? Here’s two ways to use it.

Channel your inner rock chick.


The pattern I used was Style Arc’s Harper jacket. This mesh is a very stretchy black and silver.The seams and edges all done with a narrow rolled hem on the overlocker. A simple fun make.Barbarajanemade wp-1476596780067.jpeg

Or what about your inner  flower child. This one in gold  and cream mesh. For this I used Tessuti’s Megan longline cardigan pattern sans the sleeves.


and joined at the centre front



Are you doing the mesh thing?

Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

I tried a pattern with draping for the first time and I like it. This is the Style Arc Billie top.captureIt’s just one piece of fabric ! (and one facing). It looks so strange as you cut it out. Then suddenly it makes sense and suddenly it looks so elegant.

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For this one I used a viscose crepe that I had earmarked for a dress. Purchased from the Fabric Store, I can’t decided if it’s lavender or grey. I’ll go lavender.

I like the asymmetry and the drape. With one main pattern piece and one side seam, it’s a very quick make.


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I liked it so much I made another.

barbarajanemade Style Arc BillieThis one in a cotton jersey with a painterly black stripe, a remnant from Addicted 2 Fabric.


Worn here with black velvet Barb pants (also Style Arc) and Bared Shoes. barbarajanemade Style Arc BillieI might even get brave enough to try some of the Japanese drape patterns.  Sew Busy Lizzy is so inspiring with her many  draped creations, like this T-shirt.

Have you tried Japanese drape patterns? any tips with the tracing? How does the sizing go? Have you tried scaling them up?

See also Sue’s version and la Sartora’s version of the Billie top.

Red cut out lace dress, not a tablecloth after all!

Pinterest I was not alone in opening the Tessuti package, throwing the lace over the table and thinking mmmm nice tablecloth.

This is my entry for the #tessuticutoutlacecomp – to create an outfit that showcases one of three gorgeous laces, a black, white and red, all the same solid, easy to work with lace with the same cut out pattern.

I chose the red and in the end I think it’s a rather woo hoo frock. There were so many possibilities with the cut-out pattern matching, it was fun rearranging and trying differnt placements to show off the lace.

My obsession with the  bell sleeves continues, how are these red lace sleeves?barbarajanemade tessuticutoutlacecomp.jpg

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It’s a wrap – kielo by named

My darling  daughter sends me photos of outfits she thinks will suit her (and me). Most recently it was the Kielo wrap dress by Named. She’s got a good eye.

This is my second Named pattern. I love my Saunio cardiganwpid-20150906_125146.jpg, it looks so simple, like there’s nothing to it, but there’s some clever drafting hidden in the simplicity. I like it so much I made this one and another in white (unblogged) that gets lots of wear.

But back to the Kielo. I got 5m of this navy eyelet from the A2F  sale, enough for a Kielo for me and M.Barbarajanemade Named Kielo wrap dress.jpeg

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade – Gable top

A new pattern! The Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade  released today!
‘With a classic 50s-inspired true slash neckline, a long-line body for extra comfort and three different sleeve options’
I pattern tested, first time I’ve tested a pattern, it was fun.
 barbarajanemade Gable top
I must say once I’d cut out my size 14 I thought o oh this isn’t  going to go round me, but I love the fit, more snug than I usually make but I really like it. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I usually do an FBA, but as Jen drafts for a D cub and with the stretch, I thought it might be ok, and it was.
I didn’t use, as suggested, a medium to heavy knit. Mine is a very light wool/viscose.  I think it worked well. I like the slash neckline, that I secured with twin needles. I made it dip as much as I could without distorting the seams.

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