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Colette Patterns Negroni Shirt

I’ve never sewn menswear before. It was time to put this omission right. I ordered a copy of the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt, three metres of indigo Carolina gingham from The Village Haberdashery, and perfectly matching buttons from here. It’s years since I’ve sewn … Continue reading

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Vogue Books Giveaway

Have you succumbed to the adult colouring book rage? It’s everywhere, and it’s shifting a gazillion books. But why pay for the Vogue Colouring Book when you stand the chance of receiving a free copy in a sewing blog giveaway? … Continue reading

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The Sewing Sap Rises

The Met Office tells us that spring is still six weeks away, but there are definite signs of life in London. I keep catching the scent of jasmine when I’m out and about. Crocus rings are in bud. Shops are … Continue reading

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A Bride Sews

I have always sworn blind that I would not ever, not now, no way sew someone a wedding dress. But help someone sew their own wedding outfit? Hmmmm, maybe. A dear friend is getting married and wanted to make part of … Continue reading

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A Month Without Ablogogising

It’s 1 February, time to analyse my self-set challenge of a January free of ablogogising. The month is best summarised by the above photo of a heinous attempt at my first ever poached egg. How best to Instagram caption this without doing myself … Continue reading

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A Study In Scarlet

A swatch has been knitted to test tension and colour matching… Careful body measurements taken… And the client has reached a fever pitch of excitement. Can you guess what plans are afoot? Will this link help? Any tips? I’m drawing … Continue reading

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What Are Your Sewing Rituals?

I wrote recently about the ritualisation of cutting out paper patterns, and how routines help guard against sewing failure. This led me to ponder what my other rituals are. In no particular order… Monthly worshipping at The Man Outside Sainsburys’ … Continue reading

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Tips For Cutting Out Paper Patterns

Have a dedicated pair of paper scissors, only used for cutting out pattern pieces. A sharp blade makes all the difference. Tick off each piece as it’s cut out. This gives a sense of achievement and forwards progress. It also means you … Continue reading

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Sewing Flannel Pyjamas

Say hello to my new PJs! Just in time for the cold snap that’s arrived in the UK. I bought this gingham flannel back on a hot summer day. Those will make some cosy winter pyjamas, I thought. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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How Far Do You Take Pre-Washing?

Pre-washing fabric allows for shrinkage before you slave over a hand stitched outfit. The best lessons are learnt the hard way and after some ruined makes, I’ve trained myself to pre-wash fabric the moment it enters the house. I try … Continue reading

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