Working with Velvet

Project: Long Robe commissioned by friend Fabric: Wine coloured polyester velvet and 15cm pink fringing from House of Adorn, cotton lawn for lining from Spotlight When my friend commissioned me to make this robe, she told me she used to think velvet was the height of sophistication when she was younger. It lead me to … Continue reading “Working with Velvet”

Mending a Treasured Garment – My Gulp!! Knitted Cardigan

I have always had good intentions when it comes to mending my clothes. But just like my unfinished sewing projects, the follow through on my good intentions isn’t always a long lasting desire. Like many, I am easily distracted by the allure of new projects, fresh fabrics, and expanding my wardrobe and personal style, and … Continue reading “Mending a Treasured Garment – My Gulp!! Knitted Cardigan”

Zero Waste Sewing – Pattern testing extended size of ZW Cropped Shirt

Pattern: Birgitta Helmersson ZW Cropped Shirt sz 2 Fabric: Black washer finish cotton from The Selvedge Society – 157cm wide Buttons: Coconut shell buttons – KATM I have been super intrigued by the idea of zero waste sewing for a while now. With each sewing project there has always inevitably been scraps, even if you … Continue reading “Zero Waste Sewing – Pattern testing extended size of ZW Cropped Shirt”

Calling All Small Fats

Another week, another set of patterns released without extended sizing. It’s been just over 2 years since the online community started calling out pattern companies for their serious lack of extended sizes. Many if not all of those companies resented the notion that they were being exclusionary, citing it as a lack of resources, knowledge, … Continue reading “Calling All Small Fats”

Shirt Making

Pattern: Cornell Shirt by Elbe Textiles, View B, Size H Fabric: Green white/blue check cotton/linen from The Fabric Store Notions: Rasant 120 thread, 1.2cm clear buttons from All Buttons Great and Small Tools: Point turner, sleeve board, pressing ham, clapper. I really enjoy shirt making. Something about nailing an even collar shape, perfect topstitching, and … Continue reading “Shirt Making”

It’s Not Working…

Project: Light robe jacket Pattern: Started with Peppermint Robe Jacket size D Fabric: 5oz linen/cotton chambray mid blue from The Fabric Store At what point of a sewing project do you know it’s not working? You have the fabric, the pattern, and you know exactly what you want to do with them, but as you … Continue reading “It’s Not Working…”

To Toile or Not To Toile

Pattern – McCall’s 7969 size XXL Fabric – Double cloth “Earth” from Spotlight, calico for toile Notions – Rasant 120, clothing label Definitions – Toile: make a test garment in a similar fabric to evaluate fit. Look, I’ll start by saying, I rarely toile. If I have fabric and a pattern in mind, I’ll usually … Continue reading “To Toile or Not To Toile”

Oh Hi!

Welcome to Cloth & Roll the space where I plan to lay bare all my trials and tribulations, when it comes to creative work, in particular sewing. This blog was started as a continuation of my exploration into my own personal style, sewing and construction techniques, and rolling with the mistakes I make along the … Continue reading “Oh Hi!”

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