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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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Craft a choir of angels

When I made my Christmas wreaths I mentioned that I was making angels and several people asked me to show how. I managed to give all the good ones away, but I’ll use these for the tutorial even though they are slightly dodgy. I found the pattern in a box of my Mum’s stuff and […]

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Designin’ December 2019 edition

This is my fourth year of participating in Designin’ December, which means I’ve been participating since its inception.  This year I decided to go simple with this 1960s Marimekko shift dress. Designin’ December is a challenge organised by Linda from Nice dress, thanks I made it, with the tagline of “Why buy when you can […]

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The Phoebe Flounce

Sarah from Pattern Union has released another element in the Phoebe collection and I was lucky enough to be asked to be a tester. This latest pattern is the Phoebe Flounce and it’s a top which goes with the Phoebe Maxi skirt and the Phoebe Pockets (trousers). It can be made as a top and […]

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A festive wreath, or two!

When I was in Purl Soho in New York City recently, I bought a pattern for a Winter Wreath. They had kits but I felt that I had all the materials at home, and so it proved to be. I made a red one first using some felt that I found in an op shop, decorating […]

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