News flash, Kerry from Kestrel Makes is our next castaway

Paddling my canoe and a strange current took me to new waters and who should I come across but Kerry from Kestrel Makes. This lady has moved in on her desert island. I mean she’s settled with all mod cons ( cannily made from bamboo, palm fronds and mud) and has a fully equipped tree house kitted out with the magpie finds she’s been making across her island (& boy does it look stylish with more than a hint of retro!). And the home decor she’s managed to knit out of seaweed!  This lady appears self sufficiently stylish.  She’s been here for months, how could I have not seen the survivalist’s nirvana upon any of my my daily scours of the horizon? Sorry Kerry, I’ve been sitting on your choices far too long.   Time to share!

Ooh this is difficult! I’ve chosen a mix of patterns I’ve made often with patterns I’ve been meaning to make, reasoning that I might want some favourite patterns to build up my wardrobe plus I’d have the time to finally get round to making a few patterns that have been on my wish list for a while.

 1. Sewaholic Renfrew

Since I’ve only just started sewing with jersey I’ve got to bring the Renfrew. I’ve made two versions so far (only one blogged) and know I’ll be making more.

It’s just such a fantastically put together pattern and perfect for a knits newbie like myself. I’d love to make a version in this fun apple print fabric from

 2. Sewaholic Minoru

I’ve been meaning to make this pattern for ages, and I think I might appreciate a nice raincoat on the desert island for those rainy days. I fancy making a dark red waxed cotton version, a la Barbour jacket, and I’d add pockets on the outside. I might put a Liberty fabric inside too, like their range with Liberty.

3. Simplicity 4903

I love this pattern and some days I might want to feel a bit smarter on that island! Plus it’s a versatile pattern and I’d make it up in some kind of fun printed cotton. I’ve made this pattern twice already (here and here) and it’s a great way to showcase a fantastic print, like the Michael Miller Eiffel Tower print I used.

4. McCalls 9458

I’ve made a couple of versions at this pattern – the Peter Pan collar version and sleeveless tank top, however I’ve not been happy with the fit due to difficulties making wide shoulder/broad upper back adjustments.

Being on the island would make me crack that once and for all, and look how many cute variations of this pattern there are!  Plenty of scope of loads of tops.

5. Simplicity 3983

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This is such a great, and easy pattern. I’ve made it three times (in sea green cord, patterned fabric and a red cord-esque fabric), each time shortening it a lot from the pattern length to a more flattering length of just above the knee.

This skirt is a great shape for me, and I also love the pocket details. It works really well in cord and would also be great in denim too.

6. Practical 5608

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Since I’m going to have lots of time to relax on the island, better pack a PJs pattern. I haven’t made it before but I think this pattern is both practical (ha!) and stylish – I love the Peter Pan collar version of the top and have a hankering to make a cute version in black and white gingham with red buttons and red ric rac around the collar (that’s your influence, Winnie!)  [:-) ]


7. Style 2667

I’m going to need a sun dress so I’m choosing this pattern – I made a maxi dress version

of the view 3 with a square neckline which I really enjoyed wearing on holiday, plus I like the gathered shoulder version too.

8. Style 1565

Winnie, you might recognise this pattern! I got it from you in the Crafters’ Ceilidh swap back in January last year. I’d really love to make myself a pretty slip – perhaps starting with a lovely Liberty cotton lawn and graduating onto a more intimidating slippery fabric.

 You are also allowed to take two books, firstly which sewing related book would you take & why?

It’s hard to choose just one sewing-relate book.  My most frequently used sewing reference book is the Reader’s Digest Step by Step Sewing and Knitting Guide. There is SO MUCH information in there, plus it was a £2 charity shop bargain. However I’d really like to be confident about drafting which I also generally can’t be bothered with since there are so many great patterns out there – why reinvent the wheel? But my sewing book choice would be Design it Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch, so I can use the time to make my own patterns.

I already own this book and it looks like a non-intimidating starting point for drafting. Maybe by the time I get off the island I’ll have developed a whole pattern range!

 Secondly, which non-sewing related book would you take & why?

Non-sewing book would be The Mitfords – Letters between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley.

The Mitford sisters are absolutely fascinating and led such interesting lives. This book covers the 1920s to the 2000s and is an amazing way insight into their lives as well as a view on 20th century history. I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, family relationships or just life, really!

Next your one luxury.  What would you choose (doesn’t have to be sewing related this time!)

Radio 4 please! I enjoy listening to the radio while sewing and am a lifelong Radio 4 listener, cheerfully bringing down the average listener age of 55. There’s some rubbish on there I’ll admit, but if I can have some good drama, comedy, The Archers and the Shipping Forecast I’ll be set.

And finally if you could only take one disc of music what album would you choose & why?

It’d have to be The Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication.

Image from wikipedia, link above.

I absolutely love this album, although I could probably recreate it without the album since I’m sure I know all the words. Hip hop is the one area of music where my tastes and my husband’s coincide too. So maybe when that cruise ship finally picks me up off the island I’ll be wearing gingham pyjamas and a raincoat, singing the Beastie Boys…

Kerry what a plethora of patterns – interestingly most of them are vintage (I am not surprised to be honest though!  So it goes without saying that I love your choices, but even without doing the stats (I know, it’s a Christmas task I think) I am sure the Renfrew has to be the most popular choice to date by a clear mile.  As for the juxtaposition of Radio 4 and the Beastie Boys – love it!!  Thank you Kerry for your wonderful choices.



5 thoughts on “News flash, Kerry from Kestrel Makes is our next castaway

  1. LinB

    Ooh, ooh, I’ve made the Simplicity 3983! Those pockets were the lure that led me to grade up seven sizes to muslin this skirt. (Hard to tell from the envelope illustrations, but it is a one-piece skirt, with a seam up the back. At least, mine was … .) And you have the build to wear this style, Miz Kerry, honey! It requires a flatter stomach and straighter hips than mine to achieve a good fit. Not recommended for curvy gals over the age of … well, let’s just say, A Certain Age. I kept the pattern, though. I like to leaf through my pattern boxes and admire the pretty pictures.


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