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First Gyo top – drama from start to finish!

In some sort of mental whiteout I bought the Merchant and Mills The Gyo top pattern, even though I didn’t think it was really my style. I had a small remnant in mind to make it with, and thought it might look cute. I bought the fabric online, which I rarely do, obviously for good […]

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A favourite dress saved from ruin

Almost exactly four years ago I made the Blueprints for Sewing Cabin dress from some fabric which I had dyed with oxalis or sour grass, and eucalyptus. This is a favourite dress that I wear multiple times in the summer. I love the colours and I love the patterns I achieved with sourgrass and eucalyptus […]

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Sawyer Hoodie: a Zero Waste pattern

Liz Haywood, the author of Zero Waste Sewing asked me if I would like to review her latest stand alone zero waste pattern – the Sawyer Hoodie, and of course, I was delighted to accept. In order to review it, I had to make it, and it was a lot of fun. The Pattern This […]

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Washable paper bags

I had seen both Sew Andrew and Blanca make wallets from washable paper and was really inspired to do the same, so managed to find some blue washable paper, which of course sat in the drawer for some time as I didn’t get round to making anything. Then I visited the Heathcote Cultural Precinct here […]

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The Sew out of bed challenge continues

Continuing on from my last post where the #Sewingsansfrontieres team had a challenge going where we made things from bed linen for the Make a Garment a Month sew along, I thought I would use more of the bed skirt from which I made the triangle top. This time I used the plain part of the […]

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A sew along with friends

In July my Sewingsansfrontieres friends, Hélène and Suzy, and I decided that we would do a sew along using bed linen as part of the Make a Garment a Month Joinupjuly on Instagram. I had a couple of pieces of thrifted bed linen, one of which was this brand new cotton bed skirt, still in […]

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Cora bomber jacket

I think by now that my love for the Pattern Union Cora blouse is well established, so I really wanted to create a jacket hack from it. This is not the first time I’ve taken a top and created a jacket or cardigan (think Naughty Bobbins Presto Popover), but this time I had Sarah’s help […]

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recycled jeans Cora

I’m not going to write a post for every single Patten Union Cora Blouse I make, but I’m rather pleased with this one, hence the post. I found a pair of jeans from a stash I bought in an op shop in Hobart – six pairs of jeans for $5 – can’t say fairer than […]

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Another cluster of Coras

I have already published a blog post about my Pattern Union Cora blouses, but I have made a couple more that I thought it was worth blogging about as they all differ from the pattern in some way. I had already made a knit Cora blouse, but wanted to make a knit dress. I had […]

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Me Made May 2020

My very first Me Made May was in 2013 and so this is the eighth time I have participated. At the beginning I was still working so I just wore something I had made every day, mixing in with ready to wear, but as the years have gone on and I’ve stopped buying ready to […]

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