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Hacking the Maisie DIY drawstring dress

If you remember my last post I made the original Maisie dress from a light woven but only had two centimetres of ease instead of six and it’s a tidge tight, so I decided I’d try it in a knit. I used some gorgeous Liberty jersey that I bought from Shaukat & Co on the […]

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Maisie DIY drawstring dress

I’m not sure if you’ve seen the brand new and FREE (!)¬†Maisie DIY drawstring dress from Pattern Union. The DIY part of the pattern name is because you have to do the pattern drafting based on your hip measurement.¬† Once you have your measurement you simply follow the drafting plan, doing some shaping. The exciting […]

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Ultimate travel bags

I’ve been wanting to make myself a weekend bag which doubles as a bag to hold all the stuff I take on planes, including my knitting, and have looked at patterns, thought about designing my own, then put it all on the back burner as being too hard, as I wanted something quite specific. I […]

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Liquid soap and a soap update

After my last post I had several people ask about liquid soap so thought I’d do a very quick post on the easiest way to make it. I also had some comments which I will expand on at the end of this post. When making liquid soap I will give the usual exhortations to use […]

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Soap making: what I’ve learned

I have long foregone commercially made soap, opting instead for the handmade option – although not always handmade by me, as I’ve only been making it for a while. I have made quite a bit though and wasn’t going to do a blog post as lots of people have done them, but when I was […]

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Two hats are better than one!

Every summer I seem to want a new hat and I had already made one for this summer, but decided that I wanted another one, or even two! I once again used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library pattern that I won in last year’s Designin December (details of this year’s challenge here). I found the […]

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