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HSM ’16 Challenge #5: an autumn cardigan

I had grand plans for the Historical Sew Monthly 2016 Challenge #5: Gender Bender.  I was going to finish my 1916 Wearing History jacket, and give it a few twists that made the correlation between the jacket and menswear even more obvious.  But life, as it so often does, got in the way, in the form of unexpected overseas visitors and exciting opportunities. With the month coming to a close, I was in a bit of a panic.  What did I have on my sewing list or in my UFO pile that wasn’t going to take 20 hours to finish, and that was for a man, or that showed the influence of menswear? How about a 1920s cardigan? Perfect! Even better, I realised I had a half-finished blog-post on the history of cardigans for my terminology series sitting in my draft folder.  I could cross two UFOs off my list in one go! The cardigan is made from midweight merino knit in black, with buttons in black and light brown. Although black became a fashionable colour …

Penguin crossing shirt thedreamstress.com

Penguin crossings

Because New Zealand is so close to the South Pole, it has penguins – four species in total, though only one, the little blue penguin, or kororā (the world’s smallest penguin – so basically as cute as a penguin can possibly be), is normally found in the Wellington area. Even though Wellington is a city, much of the coastline is quite undeveloped, and kororā still come ashore to nest.  They nest in underground burrows along the coast, and will happily use man-made ‘burrow’ spaces – such as under houses, if given the chance.  This is a bit of a problem, as this means they have to cross the road which divides buildings from the beach. So all along the Wellington coast you can see ‘Penguin Crossing’ signs: For 8 years, until we bought The Castle, we lived less than 300 meters from a ‘Penguin Crossing’ sign, but, to my everlasting dismay, I never managed to see one in the wild.  I finally had to go to the zoo to see a korora in person. This summer I sewed a …

Pants on Fire shorts thedreamstress.com

The ‘Pants on Fire’ Shorts

It’s definitely getting colder here in New Zealand, but I’m still trying to catch up on blogging about my summer sewing. One of the things I really got excited about sewing was shorts.  I made the clamdigger shorts, and then I thought ‘let’s make lots of these!’ Since I was on fire, I made two pairs of ‘pants on fire’ shorts.  One with pleats: And one pair without: The shirt is also a bit of summer sewing – the simplest, laziest T-shirt I could make, with a turned neck hemming instead of a binding. Both pairs of shorts have a really ease-y fit, and enormous pockets, so that I can carry around my camera and my phone and a lip gloss and car keys and a few shells or whatever other bits of miscellanea I pick up throughout the day.  They have been great for walks and gardening and tramps, and will also get lots of use as on-the-farm shorts in Hawaii. We took these photos on one of our Sunday evening walks around the …