Author Archives: didyoumakethat

A Needle Pulling Thread – Listen Now!

When two readers in one day email you about the same thing, you need to sit up and pay attention. Miriana and Judy urged me to listen to a radio episode they’d both enjoyed and they wanted me to alert you, too. … Continue reading

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Sew Over It, Islington Opens

Last Sunday I was invited to enjoy an afternoon of sewing at the new Islington branch of Lisa Comfort’s Sew Over It. Door to door, this place is a 43-minute journey from my home, so there was no doubt that … Continue reading

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Are You A Customer Or A Community?

A blog review? Or free marketing? And do we care? When I’m not sewing like a maniac, I work in the business of book publishing. It’s one of many creative fields that faces huge changes in its relationship with customers. … Continue reading

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Sewing Trousers

Did I know how to sew trousers? No. But two Sewists* shamelessly Twitter goaded me into buying Burda 7017 (currently available for £2.93 here!) and some stretch cotton jaquard from The Man Outside Sainsburys. For all those people out there who … Continue reading

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Being Nagged By The Hawthorn Dress

The prettiest collar ever? Anyone remember the dress I had to throw away? I cut it out again. Correction. I cut it out again twice. Initially, from a heavy turquoise cotton – which I realised I loathed. Hospital scrubs, anyone? So I … Continue reading

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Failing – It’s All A Matter Of Perspective

If I was in the workplace, I wouldn’t be calling this a fail. It would be a learning curve, a challenge, part of a wider strategy and a reach for best practice. It definitely wouldn’t be a fail. But it … Continue reading

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Burning Issues Of Our Time – Buttons!

I was recently ordering buttons for my latest make – a variation on a shirt dress, if all goes according to plan. 12 half inch buttons, that’s all I needed. But when I keyed my search term into a well-known online … Continue reading

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Knitting My First Socks

These are the very first socks I’ve ever knitted, using this excellent free sock knitting tutorial. They were made using just over one skein of Malabrigo Worsted wool and bamboo double pointed knitting needles. How long did this project take me? Er, eight … Continue reading

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Hibernating Hedgehog

The winner of the Jo Clark giveaway is Maxi! She wins the 12 Dogs Of Christmas multipack of cards. I’ll be in touch for a postal address, my friend. Are your making habits changing as spiders cast their webs, mice … Continue reading

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Dungaree Dress Disaster Diverted!

This is my second make of the Turia dungarees – this time as a pinafore dress! A really easy process, following this tutorial. Not that this was an easy make. Ever felt tripped up by fate and fortune? I have… Do not, under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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