one year one outfit

Felting with feeling

I had a happy weekend spent with my friend Thelma, who is a bona fide textile artist and teacher. I decided to take advantage of her expertise to undertake my first felting project. To make this little scrap of felt, we firstly gathered our supplies. I had bubble wrap to hand, and we cut up a […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Japanese market bag

For a goodly while I’ve had a yen (pun intended 🙂 ) to make a Japanese market bag. I first saw these in Japan made from amazing fabric as one would expect, and I have finally made a first prototype. These are easy bags to make. There are a plethora of tutorials on the web, so […]

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one year one outfit

Bracken dyeing experiment

My participation in one year one outfit has sparked an interest in eco dyeing. I have already had a go with eucalyptus leaves and I thought I’d try bracken leaves as I have a few growing on our weekend block. I picked a few, boiled them up with some rainwater in an iron pot and then […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Pattern Magic sloper

I’ve had Pattern Magic Volume 3 for eons and haven’t actually made anything from it, although I have serious interest in a couple of the patterns. I decided I needed to remedy the situation and started with the sloper. I am sure that slopers aren’t meant to be made into actual clothes, and I started […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Fashion with Fabric: three hour slouchy cardigan

I acquired the Great British Sewing Bee book “Fashion with Fabric” and I have to say that I love nearly everything (not sure I’d make an elephant costume though!). This three-hour slouchy cardigan is my second make, the first being pyjama bottoms. The cardigan is made from a wool/modal blend that I bought as a […]

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Sewing for a cause

Kimono coats for a cause

Following on from my previous kimono coat post, I’ve made a few more, and thought I might highlight a couple just to show I haven’t been slacking off in the sweatshop. First up is this latte coloured embossed kimono made from two fine wool scarves. This colour does not suit me, but the fabric is lovely. […]

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