Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Another pair of wide legged trousers

I loved my original pair of wide-legged trousers so much that I made another pair, this time from quite a crisp cotton drill that I bought in Spotlight last year . These are as lovely to wear as the first pair, but they are quite different. Unlike the first pair, they don’t have much drape, […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Presto Popover hack #2

Following on from my first Presto Popover hack (here), I have made a dress. I didn’t set out to make this a real dress. I drafted it in my pattern making class with Sarah’s help, and used three different scraps of fabric to make a toile. I then lost my mind and started making all sorts […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Visit to Gujarat, India and new trousers

Many of you have asked for the posts to keep coming, so who am I to deny you 🙂 Whilst Mark and his colleague, Krishna, went off to work, I had a private tour of some of the local sights. Our first stop was the world famous Akshardham Temple, which was attacked a few years […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

New jeans and top

Following on the success of my first pair of bespoke jeans, I have made another pair. These jeans are the same yellow denim left over from my Ginger jeans, but which I don’t wear very often because they are a bit on the big side. I wore my bespoke jeans to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Light as a thistle: Bettine dress

I’ve been watching the Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons popping up on the internet, and I thought I would add to the examples as it seemed the perfect dress for our upcoming summer. In the meantime, I took it to India.    I wore it on my recent visit to the Taj Mahal. It […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Presto Popover hack

I’ve made a couple of these really useful Presto Popover tops by Savage Coco patterns (earlier versions here and here) but I think it is a perfect top for hacking. Whilst the construction of the front of the pattern is excellent for thin, transparent knits, it does use rather more fabric than I would wish. I enlisted […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Bespoke jeans

I have tried several jeans patterns and always felt slightly frustrated, as none fit me the way I want them to fit. Then I did the jeans class at Workspace-FADS and it was a revelation. We all brought in our favourite jeans (I don’t have a favourite pair, but pulled out my “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans”), […]

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Japanese sewing books, Sewing, Stashbusting

Simply Sewn quilted jacket

I was going to entitle this post “Japanese sewing books for beginners” because if anyone is nervous about Japanese sewing patterns, then this is the book for them! First, however, my jacket. What can I say? I adore it! Back view first so that you can see the awesome hood. Then a rather untidy front view, […]

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self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

A new skirt – size Sue!

This week in my pattern making class at Workspace-FADS I made a new block for a pencil skirt. I am always amused that, among the details written on the pattern, the size is written down as “Sue”. The skirt is a classic pencil shape except that it tapers in slightly at the bottom, preventing the […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Xerea dress – tick!

I’ve been observing the Pauline Alice Xerea dresses popping up thither and yon, and I have been specially taken with Meggipeg’s versions (here and here), as well as the gorgeous chevron one on Pauline Alice’s web site. Most of the versions I’ve looked at seem to be made from a heavy knit style fabric, so […]

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