Sewing, Zero waste

Xanthea zero waste top

Liz Haywood from The Craft of Clothes has released a new zero waste pattern, the Xanthea top. It’s a tee shirt style designed for both knit and wovens and has long (minimal waste rather than zero waste) and short sleeve options. The body is formed from a square and two diagonal seams are constructed at […]

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Zero waste compact backpack

When Liz Haywood released her zero waste Compact Backpack, I bought it immediately as it was just what I’ve been looking for! It can be made of any material, and I particularly like Liz’s version made from men’s jeans, but I really wanted to make one from waterproof fabric to carry my swimming stuff to […]

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Zero waste side drape dress

I’ve been enjoying my adventures with zero/minimal waste sewing and turned to Liz Haywood’s book Zero Waste Sewing, when I decided I wanted to make a new cover up to wear to the pool every morning. The dress has to look ok with my long sleeved bathers under it, and also look respectable when I […]

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Queen’s Gambit challenge

Recently there was a call for people to participate in a challenge to reproduce an outfit from the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”. If you haven’t read the book (which doesn’t discuss the clothes) or seen the series, then it is about chess. It’s set in the 1960s so I probably don’t need to say […]

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Ursa a zero waste dress

The latest zero waste pattern from Liz Haywood is the Ursa, which is a simple, draped, cowl fronted dress. This is another pattern that I didn’t think would suit me, but I have faith in Liz’s designs so gave it a go. I made the smallest size, which is based on hip measurement and my […]

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Zero waste Clair Skirt

When Liz from The Craft of Clothes released her Clair Skirt I wasn’t sure it was for me as it seemed so pouffy and I thought it might swamp me. Then Wendy posted her version on Instagram and I was smitten. I dug out my Mum’s long compass, which is pretty old and a tad […]

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Zero Waste playsuit

Ever since Liz Haywood sent me her book “Zero Waste Sewing” I wanted to make the playsuit as it looked like fun. I happened to be on an unexpectedly long extended stay at our holiday place with the book about my person and decided I’d give it a go. I mapped it all out on […]

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Recycling vintage blankets

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I have recently made two dressing gowns from a couple of blankets saved from my late Mother-in-law’s possessions. I managed to get seven blankets and these are the most modern, but are still at least forty years old, and in fact, Mark and I had them […]

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A new zero waste book and a giveaway

A quick update: The winner of the book is Kim Hood from Kimthemateriallady. Congratulations Kim! Several months ago I was contacted by Liz Haywood to let me know that she was releasing a new book,  Zero Waste Sewing, in March and would I like to try a pattern or two and participate in a blog […]

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