Sewing

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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More linen refashions

I’ve had a happy time this year refashioning quite a lot of old linen but I haven’t been very good at documenting some of them, so hopefully this post will begin to redress this omission. My first exhibit is this very simple tank, using Vogue 8062, which I bought in the late 1980s. I also […]

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Sewing

Two new tablecloth tops

I have made two tops from old tablecloths – one a 1960s psychedelic number given to me by my friend Leonie, and the other one which was my mother’s and which is also possibly from the 1960s. The bright top is the In the Folds Collins Top. I resisted this pattern for a long time […]

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Sewing

Phoebe Maxi

There’s a new pattern in the Pattern Union stable and it’s the Phoebe Maxi, which is an add on to the existing Phoebe Collection.  In case you were wondering what the collection is about, here is a quote from the Pattern Union website: “The Phoebe Collection is an innovative PDF sewing pattern series starting with […]

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Sewing

Holiday top and a conundrum

  I won the pattern for the Holiday Shirt and Top by The Maker’s Atelier in a competition run by Sew Over 50 on Instagram. I was so pleased as I’d been eyeing it off for a while. It’s an actual pattern, beautifully presented, so it took a little while to wing its way to […]

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Travel

Farewell NYC; for now

Our last few days in New York were gently busy. We walked through the Flower District on our way to Chelsea. I can’t begin to tell you how lovely this spot is, I could have fondled and sniffed for a good while. We also explored a bit more of Brooklyn and discovered Industry City by […]

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Travel

Fashion and more

We had an easy day cruising round the garment district, calling into shops at random, and occasionally buying a frippery. One such shop was Pacific Trimming which was so full of things that I walked around with my mouth open, I swear! This is velcro. Look at those amazing colours! I’m sure I’ve never seen […]

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