Archive for the ‘Sewalongs!’ Category

Briar Variation: how to draft elbow length sleeves

February 21st, 2013

I really love happy accidents.

I wanted to make a Briar with elbow sleeves (i happen to love elbow sleeves) – and as i started measuring out the perfect length, i realised that the cut line for elbow sleeves was perfectly halfway between the cutlines for the short sleeves and 3/4 sleeves on the Briar sleeve pattern. Yeah i know, how cool is that?!

So if you want to make elbow length sleeves for your Briar – heres what you do – Cut halfway between the short sleeve and 3/4 sleeve lines. DONE!

I found an easy way to do this was to just fold the pattern so that the two lines matched up, then cut.

Don’t forget – if you haven’t gotten your Briar yet, you can still get 10% off! Just enter BRIAR at checkout!

Briar Variation: Centre front seam

February 15th, 2013

I am a big fan of simple adjustments that can make a pattern seem completely different. For this variation i added a centre seamline to the Briar. I really love this because it gives a bit of visual interest to an otherwise plain knit fabric.

Here’s how!

(more…)

Briar Variation: Side-Pocket Briar

February 14th, 2013

Today’s Briar variation tutorial comes from Miriam of MadMim. I just adore Miriam! She was one of the wonderful pattern testers who tried out the Briar, and she is just one of the sweetest loveliest ladies i know – and ridiculously talented to boot.
I literally gasped when i saw her side-pocket variation on the Briar – it’s just so cool! Miriam was kind enough to share a tutorial for how to make it, and i just know you’re going to love it!!

Once you’re done reading, please check out her blog MadMim! Okay take it away Miriam!


I recently completed enough knit sewing projects (for my sewing-with-knit series) to drown myself in (or go swimming like Scrooge McDuck in his gold!) One of my favorite and most-worn projects from the series has been the Briar top. I made one cropped version for myself, and another for my little sister. I’m a sucker for texture and hand-printing, so on both versions I added Megan’s shoulder detail variation, as well as a large side pocket. I used self fabric, and worked a little hand-printing awesomeness for texture and a little tone-on-tone contrast. The pocket adds a very bold and graphic element to the tee that I can’t resist.

Here’s how to do it!

(more…)

A Briar Valentine

February 11th, 2013

A Valentine Briar // Megan Nielsen

I think you know i had to do something super cheesy for Valentines day – it’s kind of a given in blog land right?

But i feel like this is a bit toned down – like i will be wearing this for the rest of the year too :) I like that the grey and black are a bit more subtle, they’re not yelling “oh hey!!! HEY! look at my Valentines themed outfit! I’m the personification of a Hallmark card!!”

This is a completely blatant knock off of a Romwe shirt (no longer available) i saw James wear absolutely ages ago. But thankfully, as Pinterest seems to work, it popped up on my feed one day and I suddenly realised how easy it would be to recreate with the Briar pattern - hurrah!! It’s not exactly the same, but come on, i reckon that’s about as close as we’re going to get right?! I’m pretty darn thrilled with it.

Though the one thing i’m not pleased about is the fact that i was so set on creating the same top that i made long sleeves. It’s summer. In Australia. Pushing those sleeves up to the 3/4 mark did nothing to alleviate the heat people! Stupid Meg. But it’s okay, winter will come and it will be awesome with this top.

So who wants to make one!?

Yes i know you do. Lets do it!

(more…)

Briar Sewalong: Hemming

February 9th, 2013

Time to hem those Briar’s baby!

Hemming knits is not as hard as you’d think :) I think the greatest tool in your arsenal is a twin needle – a bit more about them in this post. If you don’t have one – no stress! You can still sew the hem with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.

Oh and please heat up your iron- because we shall use it. Okie dokie i’ve rambled enough – lets do this!

(more…)

Briar Sewalong: sleeves & seams

February 7th, 2013

One of the things i love about sewing with jersey is how easy and breezy it is to sew in the sleeves. It just feels like it’s done before you started.

I think i’ve shown you this method before (and it’s the one in the pattern instructions) but it’s truly the easiest way to put sleeves in knits, and then sew up those side seams in one go.

Lets get to it

(more…)