Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste compact backpack

When Liz Haywood released her zero waste Compact Backpack, I bought it immediately as it was just what I’ve been looking for! It can be made of any material, and I particularly like Liz’s version made from men’s jeans, but I really wanted to make one from waterproof fabric to carry my swimming stuff to […]

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Sewing

Zero waste side drape dress

I’ve been enjoying my adventures with zero/minimal waste sewing and turned to Liz Haywood’s book Zero Waste Sewing, when I decided I wanted to make a new cover up to wear to the pool every morning. The dress has to look ok with my long sleeved bathers under it, and also look respectable when I […]

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Mark, Op shopping, pattern review

New outfits for Mark

It’s been pretty hot here in Perth and I noticed that Mark was wearing cotton and linen shirts instead of his usual t-shirts and I wondered if it was because the knit fabric was hotter. I began to look for a woven t-shirt pattern and found the Merchant and Mills t-shirt pattern which looked quite […]

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Japanese sewing books

Sew Japanese in January 2021

It’s that time of the year again when the Instagram challenge Sew Japanese in January is hosted by @bloglessanna and @craftyjane_makes, and I do love this one as it makes me get out my Japanese sewing books and make plans! I actually thought about what I might need, rather than want, and I felt that […]

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Sewing

Queen’s Gambit challenge

Recently there was a call for people to participate in a challenge to reproduce an outfit from the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”. If you haven’t read the book (which doesn’t discuss the clothes) or seen the series, then it is about chess. It’s set in the 1960s so I probably don’t need to say […]

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Sewing

Ursa a zero waste dress

The latest zero waste pattern from Liz Haywood is the Ursa, which is a simple, draped, cowl fronted dress. This is another pattern that I didn’t think would suit me, but I have faith in Liz’s designs so gave it a go. I made the smallest size, which is based on hip measurement and my […]

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Sewing

Designin’ December 2020 edition

I’ve participated in Designin’ December for the last few years (see 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and I seem to have always chosen a vintage design, so I thought I should keep that tradition going. Designin’ December is a challenge organised by Linda from Nice dress, thanks I made it, with the tagline of “Why buy when […]

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Zero waste

Cendre top

I am becoming such a fan of Liz Haywood’s zero waste patterns, so when she released the Cendre top I bought it automatically as I’ve found that all her other patterns fit perfectly into my wardrobe. I did have reservations, I have to admit. Those puffy sleeves with my out of proportion top would just […]

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Sewing

Zero waste 1930s style dress

In 2017 I bought a roll of Japanese shibori dyed silk from one of the traders at Fibres West. Then it sat in my stash as I decided that the colour didn’t suit me and anyway, what was I going to do with this amazing fabric that was just 17″ or 43 centimetres wide, that […]

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Sewing

Pattern Union Felix Jacket

The latest pattern from Pattern Union is the Felix Jacket and I was lucky enough to be a tester. Sarah has been working on this for quite a long time and I was privileged to be privy to her development process. I began with a white cropped version made from a Victorian bedspread given to […]

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