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Black wool trousers

A couple of years ago, with Sarah’s help I drafted a pair of wide legged trousers using the Winifred Aldrich book, Metric Pattern Cutting for Women. I’ve made a few pairs of these trousers so knew the fit was pretty good but they are all summer versions, so thought I’d cut a pair of winter […]

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Making life more beautiful: my take

A couple of posts ago I reviewed Kate Davies’ newly released book “Making life more beautiful”, and I mentioned that I was going to write a post relating the book to my particular style and personal attributes. I thought this would be worth doing otherwise part of the point of the information contained within the […]

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A double gift: KS3928 and fabric

When I met up with Coco from Naughty Bobbin Patterns for lunch in Sausalito earlier this year she was wearing a glamorous and chic outfit which turned out to consist of her very own Solstice skirt and Kwik Sew 3928. I was on the very last day of my holiday and I was grubby and […]

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Making life more beautiful: A book review

How much does the average woman spend on her wardrobe trying to nail her style? Forty years ago I probably spent a lot. Actually, ten years ago I was still spending a lot, but had I had this book I might have saved myself a great deal of time, money and disappointment. The book is, […]

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Crystal Cove cami is golden

Kennis, the designer behind Itch-to-Stitch has come up with another fabulous pattern for summer, the Crystal Cove Cami, which is designed for woven fabrics and has the following features: Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups Relaxed fit bodice Spaghetti straps Overlapping back with curved hem for a unique look I have to […]

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Ottobre magazine Four Fellows shirt

When I bought the Ottobre family edition magazine recently, I wanted to make all the things for Mark. I’ve already made the jacket, and now I’ve made him the shirt – the rather sweetly named “Four Fellows” shirt. I made it from a gorgeous pure wool checked fabric that we bought in Hong Kong. Mark […]

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Rubbing off a pattern: a tutorial

A while back I posted that I had copied a RTW exercise top by using the rubbing off method and several people asked me what this was and how to do it. A few conversations back and forth and I found myself promising a tutorial! I have had this nice RTW jumper made from 100% […]

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