family sewing, Sewing

1960s shirt in a hurry

Archie has been trying to engage me in a conversation about a Woodstock themed party he was to attend this weekend, and I confess to feigning interest, having suggested that attendees hadn’t actually worn too much, so it was easy. Then I was unexpectedly free on Friday so I agreed to go op-shopping with him to […]

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self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Dyeing experiment and t-shirts

I may have mentioned that I am participating in the One Outfit One Year challenge, where we participants are going to make a complete outfit from only locally sourced materials. I am a bit of a way down the track, in that I have nearly finished my first item of clothing, but, as I am interested in the […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Odds and sods

If you are expecting a post about haute couture, look away now. This post is simply reporting a few small activities with which I have been entertaining myself this week. First up, I’ve been experimenting with embellishing my Japanese bags. I’m hosting a sewalong for these bags in November and I want to play with some […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Father and son jeans

I made Mark and Archie jeans for Christmas. I’ve made a couple of pairs for Archie (here and here), but I’ve never made them for Mark before. Mark’s jeans are the same size as Archie’s, I’ve just taken about six inches out of the width of the legs of Archie’s, whereas Mark’s are the original […]

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pattern review

A jobbing sewist’s review of Vogue 8904

I have had a passing fancy for Vogue 8904 – an interesting “shingle” dress made up of layers of contrasting fabrics, and have, unusually for me, read reviews prior to making, which said things such as “really easy”; “made in an afternoon”, “I didn’t need to read the instructions”, and so on. You get the […]

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