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Designin’ December 2019 edition

This is my fourth year of participating in Designin’ December, which means I’ve been participating since its inception.  This year I decided to go simple with this 1960s Marimekko shift dress. Designin’ December is a challenge organised by Linda from Nice dress, thanks I made it, with the tagline of “Why buy when you can […]

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The Phoebe Flounce

Sarah from Pattern Union has released another element in the Phoebe collection and I was lucky enough to be asked to be a tester. This latest pattern is the Phoebe Flounce and it’s a top which goes with the Phoebe Maxi skirt and the Phoebe Pockets (trousers). It can be made as a top and […]

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A festive wreath, or two!

When I was in Purl Soho in New York City recently, I bought a pattern for a Winter Wreath. They had kits but I felt that I had all the materials at home, and so it proved to be. I made a red one first using some felt that I found in an op shop, decorating […]

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More linen refashions

I’ve had a happy time this year refashioning quite a lot of old linen but I haven’t been very good at documenting some of them, so hopefully this post will begin to redress this omission. My first exhibit is this very simple tank, using Vogue 8062, which I bought in the late 1980s. I also […]

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Two new tablecloth tops

I have made two tops from old tablecloths – one a 1960s psychedelic number given to me by my friend Leonie, and the other one which was my mother’s and which is also possibly from the 1960s. The bright top is the In the Folds Collins Top. I resisted this pattern for a long time […]

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Phoebe Maxi

There’s a new pattern in the Pattern Union stable and it’s the Phoebe Maxi, which is an add on to the existing Phoebe Collection.  In case you were wondering what the collection is about, here is a quote from the Pattern Union website: “The Phoebe Collection is an innovative PDF sewing pattern series starting with […]

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Holiday top and a conundrum

  I won the pattern for the Holiday Shirt and Top by The Maker’s Atelier in a competition run by Sew Over 50 on Instagram. I was so pleased as I’d been eyeing it off for a while. It’s an actual pattern, beautifully presented, so it took a little while to wing its way to […]

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