Sewing

Fibremood Vera

The latest release of Fibremood patterns has so many lovely ones that I struggled to pick one, but in the end chose the Vera as it fits into my lifestyle so well and I had the perfect fabric for it. I had a remnant of a panel of French Terry knit from Knitwit Fabrics and […]

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Sewing

Pattern Union Zero Waste Edith

Sarah from Pattern Union has been developing quite a complex zero waste pattern and it’s finally ready for the real world! This is another pattern that develops and uses skills that are a bit unusual. It is described as follows: The Edith Smock can be made as a blouse and a high or low waisted […]

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Travel

Local tourism

There’s a well known phenomenon known as “the local tourist effect” which means that you can travel the world in search of the tourist experience but don’t explore your own back garden, as it were. This is certainly the case for us. We travel between our home and our holiday place and rarely explore the […]

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Sewing

Frugal Frocks and other challenges

Frugal frocks has been underway in March and the big reveal is today, so I thought I’d better get my entry formalised with a blog post. It’s being run by @frugalisima and @theyorkshiresewgirl on Instagram, and the rules are as follows: choose a free dress pattern choose fabric from your stash make your dress in […]

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Sewing

A hood of Ninjas!

I previously made a Stokx Patterns Ninja dress, and decided I wanted to make a top too. Well, the one top has turned into three so I thought I’d look up the collective noun for Ninjas and found a few: a Murder of Ninjas (nope), a Silence of Ninjas (not staying quiet about these) and […]

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Sewing

A Cora dress: more than the sum of its parts

Megan, (meggipeg) and Katherine (sewblooms) and I meet up from time to time and we like to have a joint sewing project to keep us interested. Katherine had a book, Fashion Pattern Cutting by Zarida Zaman, which she lent us to get some inspiration and which led to each of us creating a garment with […]

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Sewing

Stokx Patterns Ninja Dress

When Lindy from Stokx Patterns offered a free pattern to the Magamsewalong (Make a Garment a Month) team, I chose the Ninja dress as I’d seen some lovely iterations on Instagram. I had a couple of concerns though. I don’t have a long neck, so didn’t know how the cowl neck would work on me […]

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Sewing

Anita Slip Dress

There’s a new pattern from Pattern Division and it’s rather lovely. It’s the Anita Slip Dress which is described as “a “me-made” wardrobe staple, updated to be easy to make and modern without losing its classic, nostalgic charm. It features bust gathers in 3 sizes, a high waist, and an A-line shape. With just 1 […]

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Sewing

Stokx Carla

This month for Magamsewalong on Instagram the theme is Fabulous Friendship February, and my co-hosts, Suzy @sewing_in_spain and Jayne @janyeraven, and I decided we would make something together. Lindy, the lovely owner of Stokx patterns generously gave us the Carla skirt and dress pattern to make. The dress consists of a knit bodice and a […]

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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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