shoemaking

Home made shoe lasts

I’ve looked at buying shoe lasts many times, but always felt that they may not fit my feet terribly well. Made to measure is such a good way to go, but probably costs more. The first thing I did was order some alginate. This is the stuff that dentists use to make moulds. It is […]

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Sewing

Lara Sanner Menthe Jacket

What seems like many weeks ago Lara emailed me and asked if I’d like to make her Menthe Jacket and participate in a blog tour about it. I said yes, although I felt some trepidation as the instructional videos were all in Spanish! How hard could it be though?! I checked out the pattern drawings […]

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Sewing

Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes & Floreat top

A few weeks ago Megan Nielsen of Megan Nielsen Patterns asked me if I would like to join in an event celebrating the sewing community, friendships, and showcasing the creativity of local makers. She thought doing a Perth photoshoot would be a great way of achieving this. I jumped at the chance – what fun! […]

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Sewing

A new zero waste book and a giveaway

A quick update: The winner of the book is Kim Hood from Kimthemateriallady. Congratulations Kim! Several months ago I was contacted by Liz Haywood to let me know that she was releasing a new book,  Zero Waste Sewing, in March and would I like to try a pattern or two and participate in a blog […]

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Lotta Jansdotter Owyn trousers

It’s Lottamonth over on Instagram, which I’m co-hosting with my friend Ali from @robinsnest1926. The month is all about celebrating the wonderful patterns produced by Lotta Jansdotter in the book Everyday Style, which has a number of key pieces to sew a capsule wardrobe. I’ve been making things out of this book since it was […]

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Social shoemaking

I’ve done three sandal making courses with The Shoe Camaraderie, and when she reduced the price of the DIY kits, I immediately bought one. Then I discovered that a friend, Katherine had bought the same kit (the Elodie sandal), so we thought we’d make them together, joined by Megan. I can’t boast that we knocked […]

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Sewing

The Cookie Knit Shirt

It has been so long since I tested this pattern that I’ve kind of forgotten about it as it’s been too hot to wear it, but now it’s been released I’ve been bathed in a nostalgic glow. The Cookie Knit Shirt by Savage Coco Patterns is a kind of 1970s throwback without the big collar […]

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Sewing

A Piñata dress for sew unconventional

I’ve been participating in another sewing challenge on Instagram, and this time it’s about sewing an outfit (or garment) from unconventional materials. We had the month of January to complete the challenge, and, after a bit of a false start and a 10 day holiday, I did manage to cobble together an outfit that I’m […]

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Sewing

Sew Japanese in January, 2020 edition

I love Instagram challenges such as  Sew Japanese in January  as they really do spur me on to make all the things I’ve been planning from my Japanese sewing books. Having said that, it looks as though I will only have one make for the challenge this January, but I am motivated to get on […]

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Travel

Bucket lists and bathrobes

For some time Mark has asserted that he wanted to visit the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the “wet” season. The wet season occurs between November and April and it is during this time that most of the rain falls. Basically it’s a stormy time, with cyclones a real possibility, and a time of […]

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