Category Archives: sewing and knitting

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

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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Ginger Jeans – Done!

My Ginger jeans are done! The final stages made me feel physically ill. Would I ruin everything with a badly placed belt loop, a smashed up rivet or a bar tack gone wrong? In fact, I abandoned bar tacks early on … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Next Steps

And yay, the angels of heaven wept tears of joy because … there had been Ginger Jean sewing! Not enough to share a finished project, but progress is progress. Even when it is grabbed in ten-minute windows around life and the … Continue reading

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The Challenges Of Choice

Something interesting happened this week. I noticed three blog posts in my reader, each celebrating the launch of three different new patterns. Sheesh, I thought. I can hardly keep up! I didn’t read the blog posts at the time, but later that … Continue reading

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Rules To Ignore – Sewing Over Pins

Long ago I read that the way to master a craft is to learn the rule book – and then throw it out! I’m all for that, when the occasion demands. One of the rules I often bend is: Thou … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans First Steps

I’ve started sewing my first pair of jeans. This has involved dragging out, cleaning and prepping every piece of equipment I own! I have three machines lined up: my Brother 1034D overlocker for finishing seams my Bernina Activa for topstitching … Continue reading

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