recycling, Sewing

Cosmos Pinafore

There is a bit of a story behind this pinafore dress, so if you are sitting comfortably, I shall begin. I saw a rather interesting pinafore in the local COS store, and immediately wanted to replicate it. It’s made from some sort of felted wool and I really like the style lines. As luck would […]

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Sewing

Fibremood Sean Jacket

It’s almost the last day of May and I’m just squeaking it in for Maybe Menswear for Magamsewalong over on Instagram, as well as My Makes for the Month, also on Instagram. As the title suggests I’ve made a Fibremood Sean jacket for Mark, to replace one that he managed to lose somewhere (this is […]

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Knitting

Marled Mania Cardigown

I saw that Calico and Ivy had a Knit-along for this cardigan/secret dressing gown but it ran over several weekends and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make them all so I bought the pattern and did it by myself. The pattern is by Stephen West and is available on Ravelry. I really wanted […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero Waste Sandie Shirt

The Sandie Shirt pattern is the latest release from Liz Haywood, and the minute it came out I bought it as I’ve been working up to a new shirt. I had two pieces of fabric in mind for it, with this beautiful vintage Japanese Kanebo cotton, which I bought in an op shop for $5 […]

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Sewing

Wildergown tops with friends

I won the Friday Pattern Company Wilder gown pattern in the My Makes for the Month competition on Instagram. I didn’t want to makethe dress, but I did like the idea of a couple of tops, so made the first one from some Indian cotton I won from FiberstoFabric, so it seemed a nice bit […]

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Sewing

Fibremood Vera

The latest release of Fibremood patterns has so many lovely ones that I struggled to pick one, but in the end chose the Vera as it fits into my lifestyle so well and I had the perfect fabric for it. I had a remnant of a panel of French Terry knit from Knitwit Fabrics and […]

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Sewing

Pattern Union Zero Waste Edith

Sarah from Pattern Union has been developing quite a complex zero waste pattern and it’s finally ready for the real world! This is another pattern that develops and uses skills that are a bit unusual. It is described as follows: The Edith Smock can be made as a blouse and a high or low waisted […]

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Travel

Local tourism

There’s a well known phenomenon known as “the local tourist effect” which means that you can travel the world in search of the tourist experience but don’t explore your own back garden, as it were. This is certainly the case for us. We travel between our home and our holiday place and rarely explore the […]

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Sewing

Frugal Frocks and other challenges

Frugal frocks has been underway in March and the big reveal is today, so I thought I’d better get my entry formalised with a blog post. It’s being run by @frugalisima and @theyorkshiresewgirl on Instagram, and the rules are as follows: choose a free dress pattern choose fabric from your stash make your dress in […]

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Sewing

A hood of Ninjas!

I previously made a Stokx Patterns Ninja dress, and decided I wanted to make a top too. Well, the one top has turned into three so I thought I’d look up the collective noun for Ninjas and found a few: a Murder of Ninjas (nope), a Silence of Ninjas (not staying quiet about these) and […]

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