Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste tops

Megan from meggipeg blog and Katherine from SewBlooms blog and I had a sewing challenge where we were to make the free zero waste t-shirt from MakeUse.nz (free under a Creative Commons license). I decided to make the cropped tee and found this piece of purple cotton knit remnant from Knitwit Fabrics. I have no […]

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Sewing

Zero Waste Clair skirt in family tartan

Ever since I saw Liz Haywood in her tartan Clair skirt I knew I wanted to make one in the Preston tartan which I bought in Scotland in 2019. I’m going to give a potted history of the name as it’s why I bought the tartan. The name first appeared in 1222 and Lyulph de […]

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Sewing

Fibremood Zita

Fibremood has released its 20th edition where you can see all the gorgeous new patterns in the latest range. I chose the Zita dress to make as I thought it would be perfect for summer and I had some rather lovely donated1980s fabric that was just waiting for a dress like this. The options are […]

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handknitting

Ozetta Field Day cardigan

My friend Hélène (@hportmanteau on IG) strongly suggested that I knit the Field Day cardigan by Ozetta so I took a look and really liked the style and shape. I might have left it for a while except Jenny (@joeandroxy on IG) had given me a bag of beautiful Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK […]

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Sewing

A little bit foxy

I’ve been wanting to make a padded coverall for one/both of my grandchildren for a while and found one in my pattern folder that I must have bought a year or so ago when I first knew I was going to be a grandmother. It’s the Puperita Romper Coverall Foxy pattern. I wanted to make […]

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Sewing

Me Made May 2022

I tend to do a roundup Me Made May post every year for those followers who don’t follow me on Instagram, and also because I frequently reference what I wore and this is a good place to capture things. Week One included the following outfits: Top made from two wool scarves, jeans, and socks and […]

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Sewing

Zero waste jacket

Liz Haywood has begun publishing an e-zine called A Year of Zero Waste Sewing, and the March edition has a pattern for a zero waste jacket, the Make it Modular Jacket Pattern, and I decided to make it. I found a sweater knit that had a strong diamond checked pattern, and away I went. I […]

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Sewing

Elbe Textiles Staley top

Last year I bought the Elbe Textiles Stayley top, printed out the pattern and there it sat. I decided to cut it out to sew up at the Fremantle Sewing Group retreat a couple of weekends ago. Then it hung around my sewing room as I wasn’t well enough to attend the retreat. I was […]

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Sewing

Blue pinstripe suit

Last year I bought a piece of blue and white pinstriped wool, and a piece of beautiful, but slightly damaged, vintage silk from Martien van Zuilen, the convener of Fibres West and renowned felt artist. I knew I wanted to make a pair of trousers from the wool, and I wanted them to have that […]

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Knitting needle cases and Oslo pouch

I was recently inspired by Marjorie from @marjoriesews on Instagram when I saw she’d made a knitting needle case. I’ve experimented with a variety of cases over the years, both bought and handmade, and have never been happy with any of them. I followed up the tag that Marjorie provided and found the case from […]

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