Sewing

Eco-dyed Eva Tee

In July I was lucky enough to do an eco-dyeing workshop with Penny Jewel, organised by WAFTA. It was just for protein fibres which are easier to dye than cellulose, but I wanted to improve my dyeing outcomes and I learned an enormous amount. Much of the fabric was provided and this shirt came from […]

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Sewing

Scrumbled vest

I have still got quite a lot of my naturally dyed yarn, so I began making more circles, more or less as a way of learning to crochet different textures and patterns. Before I knew where I was I was making myself a vest and thought I’d experiment with scrumbling a whole garment. Several people […]

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recycling, Repurposed, Sewing

Tablecloth Cora

I have had this embroidered linen tablecloth for a few years now. It came from the op-shop where it was deemed unsaleable due to the stains, but I was confident that I could get it clean. I pretty much got them all out by simmering in soda ash and laundry detergent. Naturally I forgot to […]

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Sewing

Zero waste pool robe

Our local pool closed down for repairs so we’ve had to move to a different pool and the first thing we noticed is that the walk from the change rooms to the pool and back is freezing. Especially after the swim when we’re wet. I decided to lengthen my Queen’s Gambit robe by finding the […]

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Sewing

Frankie Tankie for summer

I was lucky enough to win a few patterns from the Independent Pattern Designers Showcase challenge on Instagram and one of them is the Vanessa Hansen Frankie Tankie. I chose it because I thought it would fit right into my summer makes, some of which are in need of a refresh, and we’ve had lovely […]

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dyeing, Sewing

Oxalis dyed dress

It’s that time of the year in Perth where the Oxalis, also known as sour grass and soursob, is everywhere. it’s an invasive weed so no-one minds when I collect it from verges and public places. This is me, after a swim, helping myself to oxalis near the pool. And this is how I extract […]

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Sewing

Eco printed Cora dress

We’ve had a top sheet that kept ripping across the top, and I dutifully repaired it each time. The first time I French seamed it so it would feel nice, the second time I overlocked it, and the third time I didn’t bother sewing the torn off strip back on, simply hemming it. However the […]

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Mark, Sewing

A pair of tracksuits

I’ve been wanting to make Mark a new casual jacket, possibly with matching tracksuit bottoms, to wear to the pool and for long trips in the car, but just didn’t have the right fabric in my stash. I broke my self-imposed fabric ban when I found the perfect fabric at Knitwit Fabrics, and bought three […]

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Sewing

Patty Doll Preview

I was asked by Ann from Pattern Division to preview her Patty Doll pattern (above and not yet on her website), and I was delighted to accept as I could envisage my new granddaughter playing with it at some point. I began with a scrap of bedsheet, left over from a dress I’m in the […]

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recycling, Repurposed, Sewing

Detachable Collar

I’ve had a bit of a yen for a detachable collar and found one in the local COS store that really appealed, so set about replicating it. I wanted to use some small table napkins I have, obviously morning or afternoon tea versions. I have a large number of these, as I suspect they are […]

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