Category Archives: sewing and knitting

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

An Open Letter To The Publisher of Sewtionary

Dear Krause Publications I’m sure you are very proud of yourselves for publishing Tasia St Germaine’s debut book, Sewtionary. How clever you must feel. How very timely. Sirs, your timing could not have been worse! I trawled through the 101 … Continue reading

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The Language of Sewing

It’s been a busy week or so, doing a lot of talking about sewing. I’ve been lucky enough to be featured in this month’s Sew magazine, highlighted as Blog of the month. When asked why I started a blog I replied, … Continue reading

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Dolores Batwing Top

When So Zo invited me to pattern test the Dolores Batwing Top (launched today, people!), I was like a greyhound out of a trap. Yes, please! This PDF pattern for a simple batwing top/tunic/dress prints out on only 12 sheets … Continue reading

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Polka Dots and Pattern Trails

This is my sixth Coco dress, so I’ll keep it brief! The polka dot ponte is from Stone Fabrics. It’s fairly coarse in texture, I don’t think it’s my favourite ponte ever, but I’ll still wear this dress to death. The … Continue reading

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Debbie Bliss’s Woolly Woofers – A Dog Blog Review

Hello, readers. Consider yourselves honoured. After months of persuasion and the multiple signing of Non Disclosure Agreements, a very special presence in the blogosphere has agreed to write a guest post. She’s infamous for her love of velvety coats (that only need … Continue reading

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How To Add Metal Buttons To Dungarees

Welcome to my step-by-step guide to adding two metal buttons to your Pauline Alice Turia dungarees. (And thanks for everyone’s lovely comments on my pair! To the readers who think dungarees are the devil’s work: thanks for your entertaining comments, too!) … Continue reading

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Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees

This is the latest sewing pattern from Pauline Alice. Is it possible to love a person you’ve never met simply because of their smile? Pauline Alice’s happy face makes me want to spoon cream onto strawberries and roll on clouds, … Continue reading

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Trekking The Pattern Trail – A Sole Explorer

Remember how I planted six patterns in secret locations around the Isle of Wight, in the Pattern Trail? I thought it was time for an update! A couple of hours after the blog post went live I received an email from a … Continue reading

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Learn To Sew With Lauren

This is the debut sewing book from Lauren Guthrie. Maybe you remember her from the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee? That seems a lifetime ago now. Back then, we had no idea if the series would be … Continue reading

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The Crazy Dress Woman

This is my, um, fifth Coco dress from Tilly and the Buttons. What can I tell you, with the right fabric, I love this pattern for a comfortable make that can still look pretty dramatic. I made this from two metres … Continue reading

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