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Social shoemaking

I’ve done three sandal making courses with The Shoe Camaraderie, and when she reduced the price of the DIY kits, I immediately bought one. Then I discovered that a friend, Katherine had bought the same kit (the Elodie sandal), so we thought we’d make them together, joined by Megan. I can’t boast that we knocked […]

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The Cookie Knit Shirt

It has been so long since I tested this pattern that I’ve kind of forgotten about it as it’s been too hot to wear it, but now it’s been released I’ve been bathed in a nostalgic glow. The Cookie Knit Shirt by Savage Coco Patterns is a kind of 1970s throwback without the big collar […]

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A Piñata dress for sew unconventional

I’ve been participating in another sewing challenge on Instagram, and this time it’s about sewing an outfit (or garment) from unconventional materials. We had the month of January to complete the challenge, and, after a bit of a false start and a 10 day holiday, I did manage to cobble together an outfit that I’m […]

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Sew Japanese in January, 2020 edition

I love Instagram challenges such as  Sew Japanese in January  as they really do spur me on to make all the things I’ve been planning from my Japanese sewing books. Having said that, it looks as though I will only have one make for the challenge this January, but I am motivated to get on […]

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Zero waste spiral trousers

I’ve been on a bit of a zero waste journey for a couple of years now and attending Holly McQuillan’s course at Fibres West in 2019 just confirmed what an intriguing process it is. I bought her book and have dabbled with some of the patterns, but I really wanted to try the spiral trousers. […]

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Butterick 4870: still going strong

I first made this pattern in the mid 1970s when I was in my early twenties. I see that it was bought at a fabric shop at my then local shopping centre, which is long gone and which I can barely remember now. I remember making a maxi version of this dress from some gorgeous […]

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Silk and modal top from scraps

I had a silk pillowcase that was past its useful life and a gorgeous tee-shirt made from modal and cashmere that was no longer wearable, and kept thinking that there was enough fabric to harvest from each to make something, but had no idea what so they languished in my stash until I happened to […]

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