Sewing, Stashbusting

Xerea dress – tick!

I’ve been observing the Pauline Alice Xerea dresses popping up thither and yon, and I have been specially taken with Meggipeg’s versions (here and here), as well as the gorgeous chevron one on Pauline Alice’s web site. Most of the versions I’ve looked at seem to be made from a heavy knit style fabric, so […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting, Sewing

Knitting trousers,

I have to say at the outset that the prospect of knitting trousers filled me with a certain ’70s nostalgia, as well as dread, but I really wanted to experiment with cut-and-sew, and trousers seemed to be a good choice. I let the natural roll of the knitting finish off the trouser cuffs, but might […]

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sustainability

Felt, felt, everywhere and not a bit to wear*

I’ve been felting furiously for my One Year One Outfit challenge, but I have yet to complete a garment. I did make a jumper earlier but decided that it was totally frumpsville when combined with the other felt I was producing. I was going to look rather, um, brown. I consulted with Megan from meggipeg […]

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family sewing, Sewing

1960s shirt in a hurry

Archie has been trying to engage me in a conversation about a Woodstock themed party he was to attend this weekend, and I confess to feigning interest, having suggested that attendees hadn’t actually worn too much, so it was easy. Then I was unexpectedly free on Friday so I agreed to go op-shopping with him to […]

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dyeing

Bubble Bubble toil and trouble

This phrase came to me because I’ve been dyeing some wool for my One Year One Outfit challenge, and I felt very witchy indeed as I was stirring my cauldron and watching my wool change colour! [I have since changed the title, and I know I am misquoting William Shakespeare, but if Walt Disney can do it, so […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Presto Popover #2

Having made my first Presto Popover by Savage Coco Patterns, I couldn’t wait to make another one, and had it cut out ready to go very smartly. This one is a plain textured wool blend, so no pattern matching required – what a relief! I bought the fabric at Textile Traders and it is soft and […]

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