Sewing

A zero waste satchel

Liz Haywood, that renowned zero waste designer, published a pattern for a zero waste satchel in her May e-zine, and I was really keen to make it immediately, but events got in the way until this week. I am really pleased with it; it’s a perfect size and I love the design. I was really […]

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A Hobart holiday and new knitted top

A few years ago I bought this sweater knit at Knitwit Fabrics with the intention of making myself a jumper. Then I just couldn’t get around to doing it. This year I have been trying to use all my bulky fabrics to make some empty shelves in the stash, so this got added to the […]

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Two piece setacular(s)

The latest challenge with my sewing friends, Megan (meggipeg) and Katherine (sewblooms) was to make a two piece setacular. I loved this idea and immediately started looking at what I had. First up was this mossy green wool which I bought at Knitwit Fabrics some years ago. It took up a lot of room in […]

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Tummy time roller

I have to say at the outset that I had never heard of a tummy time roller, but I’m fully across them now! If you don’t know what it is, it’s for a young baby who should spend a short time each day on its tummy. All the babies I’ve known have hated tummy time, […]

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Two new tee shirts

I’ve made two new tee shirts, a summer and a winter version. I was given a men’s t-shirt by a friend, which had a hole in the front and was sort of shapeless, although the fabric is lovely. I took it apart completely, saving the neckband and shoulder binding to reuse, and recut it using […]

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Colour blocked Southbank Sweater

I decided to make one more plain colour blocked garment, something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I chose the Nina Lee London Southbank sweater as I’ve had the pattern for at least two years and I thought the simple lines would make it easy. There are three versions, the longest version […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste spiral trousers take 2

Although I entitled this post “take 2”, I think it’s 3 as my second attempt ended in disaster – I forgot that the fabric has to be the same on both sides and so I had one leg with the fabric inside out! The first pair are blogged here. If you do have a wonderful […]

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Sewing

Colour blocking challenge

The Sewover50 team are currently hosting a colour blocking challenge. The lovely thing about this challenge is that participants can show previous colour blocked makes – so good! The only rule is that it must be a garment and it must not have any patterned fabric. I could not think of a single colour blocked […]

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Jalie Vanessa red trousers

I’ve been wanting a pair of red trousers for a very long time and I had some cotton drill to make a wearable toile of the Vanessa trousers. They are described as “Lightweight woven pants with full elastic and drawstring waistband, tapered leg, slanted hip pockets and faux fly. A waistband inset keeps center front […]

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Making for babies: Episode 9

In the last little while I’ve made a few things for the babies in my life – it’s so exciting to use the plural! I’ve made two of the little felt toys from A Sewing Life , both of which are completely hand sewn. First up is Gladys Duck. Gladys is a very lovely little […]

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