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From Our Own Correspondent

Oh, man! Ever felt the sudden and urgent need for a holiday? I did. Ever sat propped up in bed and watched your finger tremble over the keyboard, before pressing, ‘Confirm payment’? I did! But I’m here. I’ve come away. … Continue reading

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Inserting A Zip Into Lace

When I think of zip insertions, I recall the lyrics to a Beatles song: The long and winding road … I probably inserted, ripped out and re-inserted this zip about five times. Thank goodness that these days I at least have … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Experiment In Knitting

Ooh, Karen. It must be really annoying knitting when your circular needles are so curly. You’re right, readers, you’re right! So annoying, I decided to embark on The Most Dangerous Experiment In Knitting. I took a warm iron and a clean tea towel… … Continue reading

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Sewing A Lace Dress

How do you sew a lace dress? With patience! I made this cocktail dress as part of a sewing class with Sew Over It. Guys, I can’t recommend this class enough. It is aimed at intermediates and comprises of four … Continue reading

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Did My Blog Schedule Work?

Back in January, I set myself a challenge. Could I establish a blogging schedule and maintain it? Four months – or a third of the year – have flown by. Time to report back. My aim was to write three blog … Continue reading

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Zip Tips!

Did you know that the ideal place to end a zip insertion is 9 inches (23 cm) beneath the highest part of your waist? According to the law of body averages, this is where the widest part of your hip will … Continue reading

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The Best Way To Start A Knitting Project

Always begin a knitting project with the sleeves. That’s what a wise woman told me last summer and almost a year on, I’m really glad I listened. I’ve enjoyed launching into the above cardigan from the Debbie Bliss Mia pattern book in a fabulous … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Accolade

Here’s a little quiz for you. Who do you think recently said, in a surprised tone of voice: You know, those trousers are really quite flattering on you! a) My bestest friend, who thinks everything I do, say and wear is … Continue reading

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The Magical Art Of Fabric Manipulation

I love this photograph. It sums up one my most favourite aspects of sewing – the magical art of fabric manipulation. Sometimes it really does feel like magic! Ever heard the saying about a large object meeting an immovable force? … Continue reading

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Vogue 5098 – First Bodice Toile

Work has commenced on the Vogue 5098. Step one, a bodice toile. The good news is that the pattern largely fits according to my body measurements – hoozah! The more challenging news is that there are more than a few … Continue reading

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