Sewing

Designin’ December 2020 edition

I’ve participated in Designin’ December for the last few years (see 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and I seem to have always chosen a vintage design, so I thought I should keep that tradition going. Designin’ December is a challenge organised by Linda from Nice dress, thanks I made it, with the tagline of “Why buy when […]

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Zero waste

Cendre top

I am becoming such a fan of Liz Haywood’s zero waste patterns, so when she released the Cendre top I bought it automatically as I’ve found that all her other patterns fit perfectly into my wardrobe. I did have reservations, I have to admit. Those puffy sleeves with my out of proportion top would just […]

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Sewing

Zero waste 1930s style dress

In 2017 I bought a roll of Japanese shibori dyed silk from one of the traders at Fibres West. Then it sat in my stash as I decided that the colour didn’t suit me and anyway, what was I going to do with this amazing fabric that was just 17″ or 43 centimetres wide, that […]

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Sewing

Pattern Union Felix Jacket

The latest pattern from Pattern Union is the Felix Jacket and I was lucky enough to be a tester. Sarah has been working on this for quite a long time and I was privileged to be privy to her development process. I began with a white cropped version made from a Victorian bedspread given to […]

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Sewing

Fibremood Alice

I was asked if I’d like to join the Fibremood link party and I was delighted to say yes. I chose the Alice top as I felt that this would fit perfectly into my current lifestyle and I had a piece of thrifted fabric that I thought would be the perfect thing. It was a […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

The low waste Smith Pinafore

As soon as Liz Haywood released the Smith Pinafore low waste pattern I knew I wanted to make it from recycled jeans. It took me a while to buy the pattern as I was busy with other things, and then I had to finish the Clair skirt, but I was impatient to get going. I […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste Clair Skirt

When Liz from The Craft of Clothes released her Clair Skirt I wasn’t sure it was for me as it seemed so pouffy and I thought it might swamp me. Then Wendy posted her version on Instagram and I was smitten. I dug out my Mum’s long compass, which is pretty old and a tad […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero Waste playsuit

Ever since Liz Haywood sent me her book “Zero Waste Sewing” I wanted to make the playsuit as it looked like fun. I happened to be on an unexpectedly long extended stay at our holiday place with the book about my person and decided I’d give it a go. I mapped it all out on […]

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Sewing

Pattern Union Hannah Culottes

A new pattern has been released into the wild and I was one of the lucky ones to test it. It is of course by Sarah from Pattern Union and it’s for the Hannah Culottes, which look like trousers but don’t have all the fit issues. I made three pairs in total – two winter […]

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Sewing

Sewing Saves

I’ve done a few podcasts with the lovely Maria from Sew Organised Style podcast about my sewing saves – or hiding the crimes as my son would put it – and I thought I would create a kind of living blog post where each save is documented in a bit of detail, just in case […]

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