Fabric shopping, Sewing, Travel

Sewing friends across the world

One of the loveliest things about blogging my sewing and knitting endeavours has been meeting new, like-minded friends. Last year I caught up with Hélène, who came from Montreal to New York to have breakfast with me – how cool is that? On my recent trip to London I managed to meet Sally from Charity Shop Chic and […]

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Sewing

Cuba Libre shirt

This is a new shirt from the wonderful Sally at Capital Chic Patterns called the Cuba Libre and I was extremely privileged to be asked to pattern test it. I know that Sally names her patterns after cocktails and I’d never heard of Cuba Libre, so I looked it up. Guess what? it’s rum and coke! Oh […]

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Sewing, Travel

White Russian with pockets

I have made quite a number of Capital Chic Patterns White Russians, (blue one, white one, black one, knitted one, this one, and pink one, and quite possibly others I’ve forgotten about!), but I decided to make yet another, but add pockets. Here I am posing outside the very house I was born in – in […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Shorts and some leave

I’ve made some shorts from a bengaline remnant that I’ve had in my stash for a couple of years. I’m not sure they are the most flattering shorts – now I look at the photographs I think they may be a bit long, and perhaps a bit wide at the knee, but I fashioned them […]

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Stashbusting, Travel

Little Red Riding Hood meets White Russian

OK, so I got too carried away with those White Russians and decided I wanted to do a couple of slight modifications. I wanted a hood. I wanted it to be longer. I didn’t want a hem band. I wanted it to flare out more. You get the picture. Everything was simple except for the hood. […]

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OWOP, Sewing, Stashbusting

OWOP day 7 and roundup

Today is the last day of One Week One Pattern and I have enjoyed the challenge. I might have enjoyed it more had I not challenged myself to two patterns, but oh well! Today I’m wearing a new White Russian, which can’t really be described as it is multi-coloured and I stupidly decided to embellish […]

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OWOP, Sewing, Stashbusting

OWOP* day 1

*For the uninitiated OWOP stands for One Week One Pattern which is a challenge whereby the challengee (me) has to wear a garment a day made from the one pattern. I had a great deal of trouble choosing my pattern – would I go Vogue 1247, of which I have six, or would I go […]

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pattern review, Sewing, shopping, Stashbusting, Travel

Bellini #1

  This is the Bellini blouse from Capital Chic Patterns and is the first I’ve made. But it won’t be the last! I have to say that I  love this blouse and this love is going to be exhibited by showing you a gazillion different views of it. The news of the day was being upgraded to the […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Black White Russian

Truly, I am addicted to this pattern. I’ve made pink and the blue White Russians from Capital Chic Patterns, and I had to add this black one. I’ve had this boiled wool in my stash for ages and it reminds me of the “poodle” wool we used to wear in the ’50s, which I see can […]

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Fabric shopping in Hong Kong, pattern review, Sewing

Pink White Russian

When I saw the brand new offerings from Capital Chic Patterns, I knew I needed a couple of the patterns. First one to be made was the White Russian, from pink silk stretchy velvet I bought at the Western Market in Hong Kong for the princely sum of HK$20, which is less than $3. It was a […]

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