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WoCaR 2023 – Week 11

This post in a series keeping track of my Winter of Care and Repair 2023 Project. If you want to see all the posts in the series click here

2nd & 3rd March

Very busy couple of days, all I had time for was tackling those files. I finished one bin! There is a second, but I’m nearly out files so I may need to scrounge up some more.

The best part of this was I found a pattern I was worried I’d lost in the move!

I’ve been looking for this for MONTHS, and was so convinced I’d lost it I bought the PDF when it was on special offer from True Bias. I hadn’t gone as far to print it as there are about a million pages to assemble.

So pleased to have rediscovered it though inside the second bin, in an accordion file.

4th March

I had a crafternoon to go to on Tuesday, and I wanted to make a start on a project to bring with. So I worked out the interior patch for the denim jacket.

Despite everything I said I went with a full panel patch, and just basted it on so I didn’t have to deal with pins.

I gridded up the outside using frixon pens.

I decided on an interlocking circles type pattern, but need to work out a template for that. Should be easy enough to do at the event with the grid marked out.

5th March

At the crafternoon I made a template out of a bit of plastic packaging and marked out my design.

Then I started working on the stitching, making a dent in the amount I have to do.

6th March

I went to the cycle hub today, but since it was so cold I couldn’t bear working with metal tools. My hands just stop working. So instead I did a bit more stitching.

I realised an important style point a little late: that it’s best with the stitching lines don’t cross. If you look at the very centre bottom, I’ve done the vertical stitches a little too high. They should be more like the joins further up. Oh well I don’t feel like redoing it.

7th March

In addition to tackling a bunch of wallets for Team Sikel, I made a Nikko!

I’ve had this fabric in my stash for…years. I think I wanted to make some leggings out of it, but wasn’t happy with the colour when I saw it in person. It’s a heavy viscose lyrca from Tia Knight fabrics, so I’m hoping it’ll be a bit warmer.

I always struggle cutting out knits, and I think the cutting took longer than the sewing – it’s such a quick assembly being only five pieces.

Eventually I want to make some crew neck versions, but while it feels like winter will never end I’ll make some more mock turtleneck ones to see me through.

8th March

Made a few more Nikkos, the black was an especially major pain to cut out and is probably wildly off grain.

The purple (which looks brown here) was wonderful to cut and sew. I’ve got a bunch more of it (plus more in a few colourways), bought years ago to make some workout clothes but never got around to it. I finally have a top! The leggings pattern is printed off but not assembled so that will have to wait for another day.


With things busying up I’m glad I was able to make some progress this past week. After faffing with how to tackle the jacket, once I got the patch in there it doesn’t feel like a big deal anymore.

The vernal equinox is less than two weeks away, which will be the end of WoCaR! I’ve got a really busy week next week so I need to prep some projects to work on around the other meetings and things I’ve got planned…maybe I’ll save finishing the jacket?

Next week’s post will definitely be late.

With the time that’s left I’m hoping to make some progress on the quilt, which has languished on my windowsill for quite some time. But we’ll see, it needs room made in the garage for spray-basting. That whole place in a bit of a state at the moment. The tidying option for this project didn’t really happen as much as I thought it might 😂.

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