Sewing

Cassandra dress

Let me introduce the Cassandra dress from Valentine & Stitch. I made this dress as part of the Facebook Group Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests “Something New: Breaking Ground” challenge. The idea is to challenge members to try a new to them pattern company and, although I have followed Valentine & Stitch for a while […]

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Travel

Tripping round Tasmania

Mark and I had a bit of business to attend to in Hobart so we planned a quick trip but decided to invite my friend Suzanne along given we had a car and accommodation. Although Suzanne had visited Hobart before, she had basically only seen Port Arthur, Salamanca Markets and a bit of Hobart town. […]

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Sewing, Travel

Itch-to-Stitch Visby Henley

Whilst I was away Kennis from Itch-to-Stitch called for testers for this lovely pattern. I was so sad I couldn’t participate but I bought the pattern the minute it was released as it ticked all the boxes for me (except pockets!). I loved the hood, the length and the henley placket. The Visby Henley & […]

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Sewing, Travel

Tello Jacket challenge

When I caught up with my friend Hélène in New York she asked me if I would participate in an international challenge with Suzy from @sewinginspain. The challenge was to make the Pauline Alice Tello Jacket which sounded easy, except that I was going to have six days at home between trips and I would […]

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Sewing, Travel

Hoodie hack

My most favourite ready to wear hoodie is on its last legs and I’ve been meaning to cut it up to turn it into a pattern for about two years, but as this year I am not wearing a single item of ready to wear clothing, the time has come to copy it. I am […]

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Travel

Beautiful San Francisco

Many years ago I saw this quote about San Francisco by one of my all time heroes, Frank Lloyd Wright: “San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful.”, and I have to agree.  It’s been about ten […]

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handknitting, Knitting

Saving the socks: a proactive approach

During a visit to Purl Soho Mark saw these socks and wanted a pair (or two). As I’ve previously mentioned, I rarely refuse one of his requests, so the pattern and wool was duly bought. The wool is a beautiful 100% wool worsted twist, but the 100% wool made me a little anxious. I like […]

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