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Lisa bias skirt

I was one of the testers for the Lisa Bias Skirt,¬†which is the latest offering from Pattern Union, and I have to say that it’s one of the nicest skirts I own. It is described as follows: The midi-length Lisa Bias Skirt is a game-changer in bias sewing and fitting! There are no side seams, […]

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Home made shoe lasts

I’ve looked at buying shoe lasts many times, but always felt that they may not fit my feet terribly well. Made to measure is such a good way to go, but probably costs more. The first thing I did was order some alginate. This is the stuff that dentists use to make moulds. It is […]

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Lara Sanner Menthe Jacket

What seems like many weeks ago Lara emailed me and asked if I’d like to make her Menthe Jacket and participate in a blog tour about it. I said yes, although I felt some trepidation as the instructional videos were all in Spanish! How hard could it be though?! I checked out the pattern drawings […]

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A new zero waste book and a giveaway

A quick update: The winner of the book is Kim Hood from Kimthemateriallady. Congratulations Kim! Several months ago I was contacted by Liz Haywood to let me know that she was releasing a new book,¬† Zero Waste Sewing, in March and would I like to try a pattern or two and participate in a blog […]

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Lotta Jansdotter Owyn trousers

It’s Lottamonth over on Instagram, which I’m co-hosting with my friend Ali from @robinsnest1926. The month is all about celebrating the wonderful patterns produced by Lotta Jansdotter in the book Everyday Style, which has a number of key pieces to sew a capsule wardrobe. I’ve been making things out of this book since it was […]

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Social shoemaking

I’ve done three sandal making courses with The Shoe Camaraderie, and when she reduced the price of the DIY kits, I immediately bought one. Then I discovered that a friend, Katherine had bought the same kit (the Elodie sandal), so we thought we’d make them together, joined by Megan. I can’t boast that we knocked […]

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The Cookie Knit Shirt

It has been so long since I tested this pattern that I’ve kind of forgotten about it as it’s been too hot to wear it, but now it’s been released I’ve been bathed in a nostalgic glow. The Cookie Knit Shirt by Savage Coco Patterns is a kind of 1970s throwback without the big collar […]

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