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The Sew out of bed challenge continues

Continuing on from my last post where the #Sewingsansfrontieres team had a challenge going where we made things from bed linen for the Make a Garment a Month sew along, I thought I would use more of the bed skirt from which I made the triangle top. This time I used the plain part of the […]

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The Beverley Wrap and Cape

There is a new pattern from Pattern Union and it’s a really good one! It is two in one, consisting of a wrap pattern and a cape pattern. The inspiration for this pattern came from my late Mother-in-Law whose name was Beverley. She bequeathed me a fox fur wrap which instantly made me feel fabulous […]

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In the pink

Many months ago my friend Suzanne gave me one of her old linen shirts with the comment that I might like to repurpose the embroidery on the front. I put it in my refashioning drawer and looked at it from time to time before taking it to the Fibres West retreat with a view to […]

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Scrumble scramble

For two years I’ve been promising myself that I would learn to scrumble and make a jacket for my one year one outfit endeavours. I’ve had a few false starts. Everything I read/looked at took the approach of creating small knitted or crochet pieces or “scrumbles” and then joining them together. Sounds easy? Yes, well. I […]

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Dyed cabin dress

After the success of my first Blueprints for Sewing Cabin dress I decided to make another one, but take a slightly different approach to the fabric. I had some rather plain cotton/linen blend and thought I’d dye it. I dumped it in a pot of rosemary and left it for a few days, but the colour […]

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Itch to Stitch Lago tank

The Itch to Stitch Lago tank is a free pattern and I thought it would be really useful for summer. I made one out of scraps first   Then I used some of the fabric that I had dyed. This is a pretty classic tie dye, using a few objects such as squash balls, and […]

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Pillowcase to dyed top

The fabric for this top was dyed during the Fibres West Retreat I attended in July, and was a pillowcase in its previous life. It was a pretty fancy pillowcase with lines of pintucks, some of which had come adrift and I discovered that I don’t have a pintucking foot so had to do the […]

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Dyeing experiments and lessons learned

We recently had a lovely few days at our bush block where it did nothing but rain, so I cowered under shelter and did a bit of natural dyeing. Whilst I was at it, I learned a few lessons that I thought I’d share. A few weeks ago I mordanted some cotton knit with soy […]

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The Muresk tops

This pattern has been dubbed the “Muresk top” because it’s based on a copy of a top that I got free on the last day of the garage sale at the Fibres West retreat held at Muresk, and I used fabric that I eco-dyed during my sojourn there. The original top is by a well-known […]

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Hapa Zome or hot mess?

Followers on IG may have seen my hapa zome printing experiment and several of you asked for more detail. Hapa Zome is derived from the Japanese art of beating up leaves with hammers, where natural pigments are pounded into fabric. India Flint has a couple of pages dedicated to this in her book “Eco Colour” […]

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