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recycled jeans Cora

I’m not going to write a post for every single Patten Union Cora Blouse I make, but I’m rather pleased with this one, hence the post. I found a pair of jeans from a stash I bought in an op shop in Hobart – six pairs of jeans for $5 – can’t say fairer than […]

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Another cluster of Coras

I have already published a blog post about my Pattern Union Cora blouses, but I have made a couple more that I thought it was worth blogging about as they all differ from the pattern in some way. I had already made a knit Cora blouse, but wanted to make a knit dress. I had […]

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Me Made May 2020

My very first Me Made May was in 2013 and so this is the eighth time I have participated. At the beginning I was still working so I just wore something I had made every day, mixing in with ready to wear, but as the years have gone on and I’ve stopped buying ready to […]

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Recycling vintage blankets

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I have recently made two dressing gowns from a couple of blankets saved from my late Mother-in-law’s possessions. I managed to get seven blankets and these are the most modern, but are still at least forty years old, and in fact, Mark and I had them […]

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Sewing a children’s book

At the very beginning of May I thought I would use some of the scraps on my sewing table and make a start on the fabric book from Vogue 1959. My intention was to make one page every now and then. I began with the giraffe as I thought it was easiest. Ten days later […]

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Megan Nielsen community photo shoot.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will have seen the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes and Floreat top that I made in preparation for the community photo shoot organised by Megan.  I took a deep breath to make the “real” Floreat top  from the two pieces of precious peace silk provided by […]

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Pattern Union Cora Blouses

A team of pattern testers have been busy making a new pattern from Pattern Union – the Cora Blouse! This is a really versatile pattern. It can be made in a knit for a casual look, in a fine fabric for evening wear, and anything in between! As is usual with Pattern Union, the patterns […]

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Kalle shirt

I have had the Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt in my pattern stash for a very long time and never made it, in spite of seeing many inspiring examples on social media. Then, a conversation with my SewingSansFrontieres friends, Hélène and Suzy, resulted in the three of us deciding to make this shirt, and make […]

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Lisa bias skirt

I was one of the testers for the Lisa Bias Skirt, which is the latest offering from Pattern Union, and I have to say that it’s one of the nicest skirts I own. It is described as follows: The midi-length Lisa Bias Skirt is a game-changer in bias sewing and fitting! There are no side seams, […]

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shoemaking

Home made shoe lasts

I’ve looked at buying shoe lasts many times, but always felt that they may not fit my feet terribly well. Made to measure is such a good way to go, but probably costs more. The first thing I did was order some alginate. This is the stuff that dentists use to make moulds. It is […]

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