Coat of Dreams | Lagan by Itch to Stitch

Almost a decade ago, I went into Simply Fabrics and picked up some beautiful wool coating fabric. I did what some people don’t recommend: stashing fabric with no real plans for it. What these people don’t understand is that sometimes things happen on their own schedule, and that you have to be alert to opportunities….

Knitwear Design 101 | Fabrication, part 1

Knit and crochet designers have several duties when it comes to fabrication.  As well as considering the overall shape and silhouette of a garment, there comes the question of: Fibre type Yarn construction Fabric construction Appropriate construction techniques Appropriate finishing techniques This post focuses on fibre type and touches on yarn construction; fabric construction, construction…

Summer Sewing

I am taking a break this August, but part of that involves some personal sewing. I haven’t had time for it these past few months – newsletter readers will know that I’ve been well into preparing AW patterns for release – but I’ve really missed writing pattern reviews. The last one was the Arenite pants…

Favourite Book | Maitland Graves, The Art of Color and Design

Another formative influence. I learnt about the elements and principles of design whilst studying, but it took several years for me to track down the source. The quantity of exercises and interdisciplinary nature of this book make it a must-read for me.