Sewing

Colour blocked Southbank Sweater

I decided to make one more plain colour blocked garment, something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I chose the Nina Lee London Southbank sweater as I’ve had the pattern for at least two years and I thought the simple lines would make it easy. There are three versions, the longest version […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste spiral trousers take 2

Although I entitled this post “take 2”, I think it’s 3 as my second attempt ended in disaster – I forgot that the fabric has to be the same on both sides and so I had one leg with the fabric inside out! The first pair are blogged here. If you do have a wonderful […]

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Sewing

Colour blocking challenge

The Sewover50 team are currently hosting a colour blocking challenge. The lovely thing about this challenge is that participants can show previous colour blocked makes – so good! The only rule is that it must be a garment and it must not have any patterned fabric. I could not think of a single colour blocked […]

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Sewing

Jalie Vanessa red trousers

I’ve been wanting a pair of red trousers for a very long time and I had some cotton drill to make a wearable toile of the Vanessa trousers. They are described as “Lightweight woven pants with full elastic and drawstring waistband, tapered leg, slanted hip pockets and faux fly. A waistband inset keeps center front […]

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Sewing

Making for babies: Episode 9

In the last little while I’ve made a few things for the babies in my life – it’s so exciting to use the plural! I’ve made two of the little felt toys from A Sewing Life , both of which are completely hand sewn. First up is Gladys Duck. Gladys is a very lovely little […]

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Sewing, Zero waste

Zero waste tops

Megan from meggipeg blog and Katherine from SewBlooms blog and I had a sewing challenge where we were to make the free zero waste t-shirt from MakeUse.nz (free under a Creative Commons license). I decided to make the cropped tee and found this piece of purple cotton knit remnant from Knitwit Fabrics. I have no […]

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Sewing

Zero Waste Clair skirt in family tartan

Ever since I saw Liz Haywood in her tartan Clair skirt I knew I wanted to make one in the Preston tartan which I bought in Scotland in 2019. I’m going to give a potted history of the name as it’s why I bought the tartan. The name first appeared in 1222 and Lyulph de […]

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Sewing

Fibremood Zita

Fibremood has released its 20th edition where you can see all the gorgeous new patterns in the latest range. I chose the Zita dress to make as I thought it would be perfect for summer and I had some rather lovely donated1980s fabric that was just waiting for a dress like this. The options are […]

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handknitting

Ozetta Field Day cardigan

My friend Hélène (@hportmanteau on IG) strongly suggested that I knit the Field Day cardigan by Ozetta so I took a look and really liked the style and shape. I might have left it for a while except Jenny (@joeandroxy on IG) had given me a bag of beautiful Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK […]

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Sewing

A little bit foxy

I’ve been wanting to make a padded coverall for one/both of my grandchildren for a while and found one in my pattern folder that I must have bought a year or so ago when I first knew I was going to be a grandmother. It’s the Puperita Romper Coverall Foxy pattern. I wanted to make […]

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