Sewing, Travel

A fistful of Finlaysons

I  made my first Thread Theory Finlayson for Mark, but had to face the fact that it was a bit small. This was bad, but also good because it meant that I could have it! However, it also meant that I needed to make him another one (or two). Mark took them on his recent holiday to […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Another birthday flanno

It’s fast becoming a tradition that I make Tom a flanno (flannel shirt) for birthdays and Christmas, and, as he’s just had a birthday, he got another flanno! This one is made from really thick, luscious flannel that I bought online and I was really pleased with the quality of the fabric. I went to […]

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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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Camping Christmas

I’ve made a Christmas tree to take camping  glamping at Christmas. This is the best travel Christmas tree (except it sheds a bit) because it is light, soft, and completely unbreakable. The tree is based on a piece of green hessian, and then small pieces of fabric are pushed through in an action known as […]

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family sewing, Sewing


After my pretty good pattern matching with the first flannel shirt I made, I embarked on a second shirt for my son, Tom, with some gusto. However, at some point my brain left the building and my only memory of cutting out the shirt was that it seemed so easy compared with the first one. […]

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Japanese cotton shirt

The Stashbuster Sewalong theme for February is “love” – creating things for those we love, so I’ve been making my menfolk shirts. I already made the chevron shirt for Mark, and now I’ve made this shirt for Tom from the loveliest Japanese cotton in a tiny, little, check that I originally bought for Mark (oops!). […]

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Y is for Yuletide

I found this really nice cotton/spandex mix in Tessuti and knew it would make a great shirt. I decided that Tom would be the lucky recipient and that it would be a perfect Christmas gift. Of course I had stripes to match – gah!    I did flat felled seams inside and can honestly say […]

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family sewing, Felix, Sewing, Tom

Tie-dyed Tom

I bought this fabric for Archie in Potter’s sale last year, but he seemed ambivalent about it when I got home so it has languished in the cupboard ever since. Anyway, I offered it to Tom and he accepted with alacrity, and I have to say it came up pretty well. I am not sure […]

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