Category Archives: sewing and knitting

A blog about my journey making things with sewing needles and knitting needles.

In Praise Of Split Bust Darts

Split bust dart on my Lilou dress I’m currently in the process of making a bodice toile for a potential new make. It’s the Simplicity 2215. I was inspired to order this pattern after seeing it featured on The Village Haberdashery … Continue reading

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Does Creativity Need To Be Chaotic?

This is one corner of my sewing table right now. I daren’t show you the rest. I’m a firm believer that creativity doesn’t need to be chaotic, yet chaos has snuck up on me. It’s an inevitable by-product of sewing, … Continue reading

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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 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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Hold My Hand, Please!

I can’t remember when, where or why I bought this vintage Vogue 5098 pattern, but I can’t stop looking at it. It sat on my desk for a while, and I snapped it on Instagram. Every morning as I sat … Continue reading

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Does Sewing Teach Self Knowledge?

I’ve enrolled in another sewing class! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. To have the mental and physical energy for three hours of midweek learning is a breakthrough. As I attended my first class, I stood amongst a small group of … Continue reading

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C Is For Capsule

For an Easter weekend away, you need a capsule home made wardrobe – especially when travelling by train and crowded car, with a dog in tow. From left to right, my Coco top, Ginger jeans and Wild Horses dress. I … Continue reading

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Wild Horses

Remember I said I needed a palate cleanser, after my Ginger jeans? This is it! A quick and easy make from a batwing dress I rubbed off years ago for a friend. She is still wearing the version I sewed … Continue reading

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I Reveal My Inner Magpie

Just a quick one today, everyone! I’ve had a few readers contact me about the patterns in The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion For Fabric book, and how to find them. Keep your eyes peeled for those handy little boxes … Continue reading

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