Sewing

We sew yellow SAL

A while back my lovely friend Hélène sent Suzy and I some glorious yellow gauze with the idea that the three of us would sew something together in the summer. The problem became – whose summer?! We decided to make a Sewing sans frontieres challenge where we would just ask people to sew anything yellow with us, […]

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Sewing, vintage

1920s kimono negligee

I won a prize in the 2017 Designin’ December challenge for this Dior knockoff, the prize being two PDFs from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library. I chose the 1920s hat (made here ) and also this rather fabulous kimono pattern. I had some silk that I bought in India picked out to make this kimono, but […]

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Sewing

La Maison Victor Arnold and Morris

I made Mark the La Maison Victor Arnold shirt for Christmas using fabric that he chose (which I had earmarked for me!). Although the shirt is called “Arnold”, it is tagged “Super Trooper” on the cover of the magazine, so yep, I had Abba playing in my head the whole time I was making both […]

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Sewing

Sew Japanese in January

One of the Instagram challenges currently doing the rounds is Sew Japanese in January, and it is just the push I needed to sew up a couple of Japanese patterns that I’ve been keen to make for a while. I started with the Simply Sewn Gingham Button Down, which is featured on the front of […]

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Sewing

A bunch of bags

A few months ago I saw the Patterns by Annie Double Zip Gear Bag and thought it would be a really good knitting bag. Unfortunately it only came as a printed pattern and the postage to Australia was 65USD!! After I recovered from that shock I checked the postage to domestic USA and it was […]

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Sewing

Slings and arrows: first make for 2019

I never thought these words would emanate from my mouth, but my first make for 2019 is a bag for a bow and arrows! Yes, Mark got archery stuff for Christmas and, as he likes to look after every one of his possessions, he wanted a bag for it all. I can do that easily […]

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Sewing

Some Sumekko hackery

One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about Pattern Union’s new Sumekko pattern is that Sarah has urged makers to hack the pattern. I made the long dresses as per the pattern, and also made a short dress, but the time came to make a couple of tops. I had bought remnants from Woven […]

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