1. SHOE SAMPLE ON NEW LAST

    I bought a size ten shoe last from a factory here in Melbourne and above is my first fit sample. I had the brown aged leather lying around and used the patterns from my shoemaking class as a test. The patterns didn’t fit that well and will need to draft new ones, but overall they turned out really well. I don’t have the equipment to cut and finish the soles and heals so took them to a local shoe repairer who put on hand stitched leather ones.

     

  2. TAN LEATHER DERBY STYLE SHOES

    I recently participated in 3 day shoe making course here in Melbourne and the above pics show the result. Machine stitch 2.5mm leather, lasted and skived by hand. The quarter is lined but the vamp is left as is. Toe stiffener and heel counter made from veg tan leather. Simply glued synthetic sole and heel.

     

  3. CHECK SHIRT WIP 

     

  4. BROWNSTONE SHAWL COLLAR PULLOVER

    10 ply (worsted weight) Mid Brown 100% Australian wool pullover. This a Brooklyn Tweed pattern, knitted on circular needles. This is a great project for an intermediate knitter who wants to put all those techniques you have picked up into practice on something substantial. This took me 3 months (I did have a break for a while) and I still need to find some nice wooden toggles for the neck. The best thing about this pattern is when you cast off the collar, the garment is all finished - no seaming! You can purchase the pattern here. I’m also wearing my streaky denim jeans blogged about below.

     

  5. MACHINE KNITTED LAPTOP SLEEVE

    Striped sleeve for my 17” Macbook Pro. Knitted on my Singer Memomatic 321 knitting machine I bought on ebay for a steal, never been used with all the tolls and books packaged mint from the factory. I used Australian 4ply (sport weight) wool purchased on spools from a local wool store the Yarn Barn.

     

  6. 1970’s SIMPLICITY PATTERN JACKET

    I know I’m meant to be making my own patterns but came across this vintage Simplicity pattern from the 70’s and thought I would give it a go. I used 100% cotton Khaki rip stop for the body and trimmed it with black 1 x 1 rib. Luckily the fit is really good, nice and slim!

     

  7. NEW JEANS

    I made another pair of jeans a few months back and this time I tried a button fly. Again these are made from Cone Mills denim, but this indigo has a pronounced streaky weave which I like. This time I have featured the selvedge on the coin pocket, inside waist and back pockets and used a great ticking stripe in the pocket bags. The reason I was keen to make another pair was that my others shrunk so much in length that I’m afraid I will be getting very cold ankles when I wear them. This time I cut them longer and have left the hems unfinished and simply rolled up. When I do give them a first wash (in 6 months time) I will have enough denim to work with and will get the length just right. 

     

  8. SOCK PARTY!

    Three more pairs of hand knitted socks. The grey marle and maroon socks are the same pattern as my sage green pair, knitted with 8ply (DK) Australian wool. The cream striped 70’s inspired sport socks are from a pattern in this book by Debbie Stoller. Knitted in 4 ply (Sport Weight) 100% pure new wool. Kind of surprised how much knitting I have taken on ?! Have even started a sweater, which will hopefully be ready for a Melbourne winter. Stay tuned.

     

  9. SELVEDGE DENIM PENCIL CASE

    Pencil case made from scraps left over from the last pair of jeans I made. I’m starting a new creative job soon and not unlike starting a new school year I took myself off to the stationery store. I spent way too much buying stuff I probably don’t need! At least this pencil case was pretty much free except for the zipper!

     

  10. 8 PLY SAGE GREEN SOCKS

    Who would have guessed that I could learn to make a pair of socks! Well I have done it and here’s the proof. Knitted on four 3mm (US size 3) double pointed needles in a machine washable 85% Wool 10% Acrylic 5% Viscose, Australian made yarn. These knit up really fast, even for a novice like me. Thanks Mum for all your help teaching me how to knit on double points! You can find the pattern by Bobby Ziegler here .

     

  11. CONE DENIM SELVEDGE JEANS 

    These were not as hard to make as you may think and after getting someone at work to help me draft a pattern for them, the fit is awesome. I need to send a shout out to Taylor @ taylortailor.com not only for his inspiring blog but also for starting up his supply shop so we can all source quality denim and notions! Check out his blog here. Some close up images below.

     


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  13. CHAMBRAY SHIRT

    Now this was a challenge! I will start off by saying that shirts are a lot harder to make than jeans. Two sleeve plackets to contend with and then trying to get neat top stitching around the collar stand……phew! I need to learn some finishing tips from the pros before I embark on another shirt. A close up of the double welt pocket below.

     


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  15. PURE WOOL SCARF

    8 ply Australian Wool Gryffindor Scarf. Harry Potter purists will know that this scarf design was from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the subsequent films the design was changed to a maroon ground with two fine gold stripes. This was knitted on my grandmothers Singer knitting machine model 666 from 1965! The scarf measures over 2 meters long (6.5 feet). Man its heavy! As you can see my Kelpie X Nelson is a huge Harry Potter fan also.