Sewing

Sewing a children’s book

At the very beginning of May I thought I would use some of the scraps on my sewing table and make a start on the fabric book from Vogue 1959. My intention was to make one page every now and then. I began with the giraffe as I thought it was easiest. Ten days later […]

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Megan Nielsen community photo shoot.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will have seen the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes and Floreat top that I made in preparation for the community photo shoot organised by Megan.  I took a deep breath to make the “real” Floreat top  from the two pieces of precious peace silk provided by […]

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Pattern Union Cora Blouses

A team of pattern testers have been busy making a new pattern from Pattern Union – the Cora Blouse! This is a really versatile pattern. It can be made in a knit for a casual look, in a fine fabric for evening wear, and anything in between! As is usual with Pattern Union, the patterns […]

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Kalle shirt

I have had the Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt in my pattern stash for a very long time and never made it, in spite of seeing many inspiring examples on social media. Then, a conversation with my SewingSansFrontieres friends, Hélène and Suzy, resulted in the three of us deciding to make this shirt, and make […]

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Lisa bias skirt

I was one of the testers for the Lisa Bias Skirt, which is the latest offering from Pattern Union, and I have to say that it’s one of the nicest skirts I own. It is described as follows: The midi-length Lisa Bias Skirt is a game-changer in bias sewing and fitting! There are no side seams, […]

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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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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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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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