Neon Briar by Megan Nielsen

I love colour and usually the brighter the better. But it’s entirely possible that I’ve just found my limit. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com This fabric is a hi-viz pink merino from The Fabric Store and it’s great for a blast of colour. It almost assaults my wintery, sun-starved eyes but I love it because it’s so unexpected when everyone else is wearing black.

It will be perfect as a warm-up layer when running too. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com I used the Briar Sweater and T-shirt pattern by Megan Nielsen and made a length somewhere between the cropped and long sizes while also straightening the front hem and slightly raising the neckline.

Megan has an app you can download with all her patterns, tutorials and tips. It’s very cool. I saved paper by not needing to print instructions, her tutorials were thorough and easy to follow and I love that I’ll always have details on hand when fabric shopping.

Well played, Megan. Well played. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com This definitely won’t be my last Briar. I have some more merino waiting in the wings already, although not in neon this time!* It’s such a great basic pattern to have in the arsenal and one of the few I have that is aimed at knit fabrics.

I love a versatile pattern and this is right up there with my two other favourites; the Belcarra Blouse and the Sigma Dress. I have them all on solid repeat with small variations each time.

What are the patterns you make over and over again?


*The neon aspect was really hard to capture, but after several failed attempts, it took a rainy day and the dingy depths of an underpass to capture the vibrancy.  I actually lost sleep over this one, trying to think of places I could take photos where the sun wouldn’t hit it. Darn you, neon! You guys do this too, right? It’s totally the norm for sewing bloggers to lose sleep about their photo locations? Yeah, I’ll just tell myself it is. Right before I drift off to sleep tonight thinking of non-photo thoughts.

Upcycle: T-Shirt to Baby Hat

There is something about a baby in a hat with ears that makes me just melt.  I don’t consider myself a “clucky” kind of person, but this gets me everytime.  I mean, really, how can you not smile at that?

She may berate me for it in years to come, but I don’t really care.  I think she’s gorgeous.  Although I do wish I had used a better setting on the camera for the photo.  Ah, we live and learn.

Simply made using an old T-Shirt, some scrap fabric and a touch of ribbon.  It’s fantastically quick to sew up, yet looks like you’ve spent a lot of time and effort on it (my favourite type of project!). Continue reading

Stencils Using Photocopy Paper Wrappers

Stencils

There are oodles of tutorials online about how to stencil fabric with freezer paper.  They all look fabulous and give you an easy way to personalise tshirts, baby onesies, bags … the list is endless.

Alas, there have been many frustrating hours spent hunting for freezer paper in New Zealand, only to find it both rare and ridiculously expensive.  Would you believe that what sells for $4 in the US has sold for as much as $24 here?!  That makes me feel ill.

But, despair no more, my loyal Offsquare friends (I know you’ve all been kept awake each night wondering how you’ll ever do a freezer paper stencil without paying for airfares to the US first … or is that just me?), I have the answer you’ve all been looking for.  Plus, it’s thrifty AND upcycled! Continue reading