Category Archives: sewing and knitting

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

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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Knitting A Tension Square – Do You?

I did something truly incredible for my latest knitting project. I actually made full tension squares! For those of you who don’t know, at the start of any knitting project, you should knit a 10x10cm swatch, using the recommended needle … Continue reading

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Simplicity 1941 In Chambray

Does anyone remember The Dress That Just Wasn’t That Into Me? Some readers were kind to me in the face of adversity, but there was no denying – I’d created a sack and wasted some lovely dot chambray, bought from … Continue reading

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Ready To Trek The Pattern Trail?

Are you visiting the Isle of Wight over the next few weeks? Maybe you live here? Perhaps you have a sewing machine at home. It could be that you’re looking for a bit of fun in these dog days of summer. … Continue reading

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How To Block A Shawl – On Holiday!

Back in – gulp – January, I bought some turquoise wool and began knitting the Trousseau shawl. Here in August, I’ve finally completed it. Don’t anyone ever accuse me of being a fast knitter. There was only one problem. The last … Continue reading

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Simplicity 1941 in Isle of Wight Liberty Tana Lawn

When I first visited the Isle of Wight a year ago, I fell deeply in love and have been dreaming of a return visit ever since. Liberty of London must have been channelling my dreams. For their Spring/Summer collection this year they released the … Continue reading

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Wilderness 2014 – Craftastic

I have just returned from a weekend at the Wilderness Festival in deepest, darkest Oxfordshire, where I survived by my wits and fighting off the wolves. Which, roughly translated, means I have spent the weekend beneath canvas, sipping cider and G&Ts, whilst sitting in … Continue reading

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Liberty Lilou

This is my second make of the Lilou Dress from Love At First Stitch. I used some liberty fabric bought at Christmas from Birmingham rag market. I can remember hesitating over the purchase. Even off a market, the fabric was a … Continue reading

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Are You A GTS or a Rebel?

I’ve noticed there’s one particular in which I seem to be very different to other Sewists out there. I’m a right old Goody Two Shoes! Whatever the pattern tells me to do, I darn well do it. Yet all around … Continue reading

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Tilly and the Buttons Lilou Dress

Hey, guys! Keeping cool in the sun? After a pointless trek to Ella’s dog groomer, only to discover a calendar clash, I’m ever so slightly overheated. Not that I’m complaining about a British summer that actually delivers on the sunshine. … Continue reading

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