Machine knitting

Circular sock machine revisited

About fifteen years ago I expressed an interest in circular sock machines (CSMs) and Mark informed me that we had one under the stairs. What?! Apparently when my parents moved from a very large house with lots of outbuildings to a much smaller house, we got all the things my mother couldn’t throw away or […]

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Sewing

Shirring and smocking

It’s time for Sew Japanese in January over on Instagram, so I had a bit of a fossick in my many Japanese sewing books. I really wanted to use the cotton lawn that I recently dyed, using coreopsis flowers, assorted windfall flora and a lac dip. I used the new pot and gas burner that […]

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Sewing

Some Christmas makes, Part 2

This post follows on from my last one, which was getting a little lengthy. Next up is this little romper, the pattern for which came from one of the Ottobre magazines (3/2017) loaned to me by Katherine of Sewblooms. I used a fabric sample from Materialise for the bodice and some thrifted knit I’ve had […]

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family sewig, Sewing

Some Christmas makes, Part 1

I’ve had a lovely few weeks making things for Christmas, with Mark and my granddaughter being the recipients. First up was a little pair of overalls. The pattern is Kwik Sew 3035 and the fabric is from Spotlight. I thought it would be a nice Easter outfit. There is a little pocket at the front […]

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Sewing

The Assembly Line pyjamas

My friend Katherine, from Sewblooms, alerted me to this free pattern from The Assembly Line and I’m so pleased she did. I printed it out straight away and then got a bit distracted, but in the last two days I have made two sets. My first pair is made from some lovely, fine, block printed […]

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Designin’ December 2021

I’ve been entering the Designin’ December challenge since 2016 and I often get inspiration from exhibitions I attend when I’m travelling, but this year was different of course! I began to get rather anxious as I had no idea what I was going to make until Ryliss Bod from the Sewing and Design School (@rylissbod […]

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Sewing

How to make a paper bag star

I posted some Christmas decoration stars on Instagram that I had made from paper bags and was asked by several people for a tutorial. I need to say at the outset that these are not my invention. My Mum used to make them with us but I had forgotten how until I saw them on […]

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It’s feeling like Christmas

I began my Christmas sewing with a stocking for my granddaughter, which I posted about here. When I delivered the new and improved stocking I did notice that the red stocking didn’t coordinate well with the ones that Tom and Bridgette have, so I set about making some for them. I had run out of […]

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Closet core patterns Cielo top

It’s Natural November on Magamsewalong over on Instagram, so I thought I’d make a top as naturally as I could. I made the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top for the first time. In this iteration it’s very similar to other patterns I own, and I would have liked a fancier sleeve but didn’t have enough […]

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Making for babies

I may have mentioned once or twice that I have a proper aversion to giving babies and children anything with polyester content, and if you think I’m being a bit precious, google it for yourself, or at least read this article, which doesn’t delve too deeply but does give a reasonable overview. Anyway, I’m slightly […]

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