Sewing

Sorrento Bucket Hat

You know when you see a pattern that appeals but think of all the reasons why you don’t need to make it – a whole pile of other hat patterns jostling for space, a need for more sun protection, the fact that bucket hats don’t suit me, and so on. However, that didn’t stop me […]

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Sewing

GBSB jersey dress hack and an emu

When I received my Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style book, I really did want to make all the things, but I realise I’ve been a bit tardy, although I have traced off quite a few of the patterns. Anyway, I have managed to make the jersey dress hack of the Breton top This is […]

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Travel

The long road home

The purpose of our trek across Australia (see previous post) was to pick up our new Airstream trailer, which will become our holiday home when we’re on our bush block  or when we’re travelling round Australia – our glamping has just kicked up a notch! Mark had never seen an Airstream before and trusted my […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Jenna cardi take three

I mentioned that I was inspired by Winnie from Scruffybadgertime to make the Jenna cardi by Muse patterns. I have made this cardi a couple of times (here and here), and of all of them, the black and silver one is my favourite partly because of the longer length, and in retrospect, I should have made this one […]

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Me-Made-May'15, Sewing, Stashbusting

Shelby sweat pants

In a triumph of hope over optimism, I made another StyleArc pattern. This time the Shelby sweat pants, which look so good in the drawing. Mine don’t look so good! I used a lovely fleece cotton knit and a rib sample for the contrasting waistband and cuffs. The pattern was interesting. The instructions for the […]

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handknitting, Me-Made-May'15

Reversible Lotus Blossom hat

I have knitted a new hat. It is probably a beanie, but I think it’s far too complex to be called a beanie. The hat is the Reversible Lotus Blossom hat from Cat Bordhi’s wonderful book “A Treasury of Magical Knitting”, and it is based on a Möbius strip. Möbius fascinate me and when I discovered […]

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family sewig, Sewing, Stashbusting

Summer flanno

I think we’ve established Tom’s obsession with flannel shirts, so I made him one for Christmas that was “flanno-like” but not actual flannel – it’s just a fine cotton which I bought in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. I used my usual Kwik Sew 3422, which has been altered to fit Tom’s frame and extra […]

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