Sewing patterns for your dad or whoever

Are you interested in free patterns? Check out this post full of Christmas gift ideas, or this one full of eco-ish sewing patterns, and this one too.

Here’s a collection of gifts that might be appropriate for your dad? I don’t know him, so it’s tough for me to say. Perhaps they’d be good patterns for you to sew for yourself?

The Sewing Part, Wine & Beer Tote

Mood, easy wallet

Elbe Textiles, Sorrento Bucket Hat

Polkadot Chair, waxed canvas travel bag

DIBY Club, Men’s Abb Tee

Thread Theory, Arrowsmith Undershirt

Sewing Directory, Dopp/wash bag

Not free: $.99

Burda Style, Neck pillow

Elbe Textiles, Sage Tee

Sew4Home, Tool bucket

Closet Case Patterns, scrap busting pouf

Not free: $1.99

Cap Supply Co, 5-panel Camp hat

Free Sewing for Christmas!

I’m not meaning to scare anyone but since it’s currently October it will soon enough be December. I’ve been stockpiling patterns all year which might be appropriate for making Christmas gifts in anticipation for this moment so here’s the first installment of ‘free patterns for sewing Christmas gifts for kids, dogs and significant others’.

Crafting a Rainbow, Scandinavian Fabric Stars

Leather plant hanger, The Fabric Store

Named Clothing, Tie & Bowtie

Fabric twine flower pots, Gina Michele

Ida Clutch, Kylie and the Machine

Purl Soho, adjustable apron

Dog toys, Peppermint Magazine

Winter Wear, Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Rope basket purse, Closet Case Patterns

Leather Tote Bag, The Fabric Store

Stoff & Stil, Sleep Mask

Emoji ornaments, The Sewing Part

DIBY Club, Makeup Brush Case

Pear Pouch, Sarah Kirsten

Little Moo, Fortune Cookie Pouch

Purl Soho, Wedding Clutch

Glebe Pants in deadstock rayon

Glebe Pants Green 2

I wanted to try @Leila_Sews‘ free Glebe Pants pattern (which you can download for free by signing up here) in a lightweight, rayon fabric to see how the pattern fared.

I found 5 metres of this fabric for $15 at a fabric remnant sale of a Christchurch local clothes shop, and it’s quite creasy, quite light but very comfortable.

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I made a size 1 in the Glebe Pants (which is a nice change from relying on positive ease to sneak in to a size chart), even though my ‘seated hip size’ would put me up a size. I didn’t need to add any height at the front or at the back of the rise and find these very comfortable and think they sit perfectly.

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P.S if you make some Glebe Pants and use the hashtag on instagram between now and 31st October, you’ll be entered into the draw to win a $100 voucher from the lovely A + R Fabrics!

Free Glebe Pants Pattern

The Glebe Pants Pattern is available for download! Head over here to sign up for the email list and the pattern will automatically be emailed directly to you!

@Leila_sews designed these pants for herself and then extended the sizing options, and made the patterns available as a free download! Read more about her (and how she knows how to draft great pants) here!

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From now until 31st October you can win a $100 voucher from A + R Fabrics by posting your finished Glebe Pants on instagram with the hashtag #GlebePants

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@Fabric_scraps made this lovely pair of brown Glebe Pants with the most amazing fabric during our testing phase.

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@threadyforit made this gorgeous black pair and a second pair in lightweight denim as part of our pattern testing!

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@garichild made these delightful and delightfully patterned pants as part of our testing and now I too need patterned pants!

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Here’s my 1st tester pair of Glebe Pants. I made a size 1, even though I probably sized into a size 2 out of some lovely natural linen I’d been ageing in my stash.

What’s the details?

The Glebe Pants

You can make these badboys with between 2.4-3 metres depending on how you cut your fabric.

Are you sized out because the Glebe Pants don’t go up to your hip size? @Leila_sews is working on expanding the size range so send her a message on insta!

Glebe Pants sizing

Silk Noil Eme Box Top

I was on the hunt for close-to-home silk noil fabric when a lovely instagrammer suggested taking a look at A + R Fabrics (who are based out of Australia). I’m always a sucker for a minimal white website, but since I’d recently purchased some black silk noil from Canada, I got in touch to see if there would be any new colours coming in soon (spoiler alerts: there is) and Trin offered to send some of her black silk noil my way in order to give it a test run.

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A and R Silk Noil StyleArc Eme Dress (top hack) with natural linen Ninni Culottes

Why silk? Why Silk Noil?
Silk will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It has natural wicking properties (it has absorbency equal to wool), and it’s the strongest natural fibre. Silk Noil (also known as Raw Silk) is made from the leftovers of the premium silk making process. It has a feel similar to cotton, with a lovely nobbly texture, but with the same drape you expect from silk. Because of the nobbly texture, this was a delight to sew and I barely pinned anything during the sewing and none of the pins I did put in left any marks. Silk Noil also takes up dyes readily, and it’s also the most home-washable of the silks (I prewashed mine in the washing machine). Also, as with all natural fibres, this bad boy will biodegrade naturally and won’t release any microplastics during washing

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A and R Silk Noil top with remnant rayon Glebe Pants

This top is another cropped top version of the StyleArc Eme dress, which I made a few small changes to- I lengthened the arms, omitted the sleeve facings and also frenched all the seams. I’m not sure if this is my perfect box top pattern (I’d like the neckline to be a little less wide, the sleeves a little more generous and I’d like a way to make clean insides without having to french around the underarm curve (which inevitably leaves puckers on the outside).

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I’m pretty sure I’ve had this top on for at least a portion of the day every day since I made it. It seems to be my go-to because the colour works with all my pants and the length is just right for all my high-waisted pants. We’ve had some warm and chilly days over that time, and the fabric hasn’t left me sweaty or cold on either day!

You’ll be seeing silk noil again on here soon, and I’m eyeing up the white silk noil for some avocado seed dyeing experiments