Sewing

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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Sewing

Two hats are better than one!

Every summer I seem to want a new hat and I had already made one for this summer, but decided that I wanted another one, or even two! I once again used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library pattern that I won in last year’s Designin December (details of this year’s challenge here). I found the […]

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Sewing

So Sew Easy Hoodie, take two

I made a second So Sew Easy Hoodie as part of the hoodie sewalong on Facebook . I’m a bit hopeless at sewalongs as I don’t wait for each stage but forge ahead, so I’ve managed to finish a couple of weeks early – oops! I bought the fabric at a lovely local shop called Materialise.  I […]

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Sewing

Thoughts on ageing: the good and the not so good

There is a fairly new hashtag on Instagram which is #sewover50. This is aimed at people over 50 (unsurprisingly), and there have been some fabulous discussions going on. I thought I might add my two bob’s worth as I am now closer to 70 than 60, and am way past 50! I found this quote […]

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Sewing

Zebra hoodie

The October edition of Sewalongs and Sewing Contests on Facebook is a hoodie sewalong, hosted by Crystal from Sewing Vortex. Any hoodie pattern can be used, but many of us are using the free pattern from So Sew Easy. This is a fairly simple hoodie, with front pockets, a separating zip, and of course, a hood. […]

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Sewing, Travel

The ultimate souvenir fabric

Followers on Instagram will have seen that I created some fabric from a photograph of a rock I took on our recent holiday to Broome [later add: I was inspired by the magnificent fabric that Meggipeg created from one of her mother’s paintings]. Because of the colours, I found that I am well camouflaged against […]

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Sewing

Vogue 1524 skirt

There’s been a bit of a challenge on IG lately to sew the latest Marks and Spencers autumn skirt which has not even been released yet, but taking the world by storm. Close examination reveals it to be a 1970s inspired A-line skirt with an inverted pleat. I’ve made this type of skirt many times […]

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