Sewing

Hats for him

I’m normally very alert to Mark’s requests but I completely dropped the ball on all his hints about me making him a hat – he claims for years! When I did finally get his request into my frontal lobe, we had a chat about what he wanted and the list was comprehensive! Must pack completely […]

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Hacking the Maisie DIY drawstring dress

If you remember my last post I made the original Maisie dress from a light woven but only had two centimetres of ease instead of six and it’s a tidge tight, so I decided I’d try it in a knit. I used some gorgeous Liberty jersey that I bought from Shaukat & Co on the […]

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Maisie DIY drawstring dress

I’m not sure if you’ve seen the brand new and FREE (!) Maisie DIY drawstring dress from Pattern Union. The DIY part of the pattern name is because you have to do the pattern drafting based on your hip measurement.  Once you have your measurement you simply follow the drafting plan, doing some shaping. The exciting […]

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Ultimate travel bags

I’ve been wanting to make myself a weekend bag which doubles as a bag to hold all the stuff I take on planes, including my knitting, and have looked at patterns, thought about designing my own, then put it all on the back burner as being too hard, as I wanted something quite specific. I […]

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Tutorial

Liquid soap and a soap update

After my last post I had several people ask about liquid soap so thought I’d do a very quick post on the easiest way to make it. I also had some comments which I will expand on at the end of this post. When making liquid soap I will give the usual exhortations to use […]

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crafting

Soap making: what I’ve learned

I have long foregone commercially made soap, opting instead for the handmade option – although not always handmade by me, as I’ve only been making it for a while. I have made quite a bit though and wasn’t going to do a blog post as lots of people have done them, but when I was […]

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