Category Archives: sewing and knitting

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

Burning Issues Of Our Time – Buttons!

I was recently ordering buttons for my latest make – a variation on a shirt dress, if all goes according to plan. 12 half inch buttons, that’s all I needed. But when I keyed my search term into a well-known online … Continue reading

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Knitting My First Socks

These are the very first socks I’ve ever knitted, using this excellent free sock knitting tutorial. They were made using just over one skein of Malabrigo Worsted wool and bamboo double pointed knitting needles. How long did this project take me? Er, eight … Continue reading

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Dungaree Dress Disaster Diverted!

This is my second make of the Turia dungarees – this time as a pinafore dress! A really easy process, following this tutorial. Not that this was an easy make. Ever felt tripped up by fate and fortune? I have… Do not, under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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Sewing A Silk Kimono Cardigan

I recently bought nine metres of silk for £25 in a sample sale. It’s liberating owning silk that costs only £2.70 a metre – you get adventurous. Enter the Kimono Cardigan, after I saw two versions on a friend’s blog. … Continue reading

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Brilliant Because

I have read so many explanations of late. People explaining why they agree to test a pattern. Or not test a pattern. Why they engage with blog tours – or not. Why they talk about their personal lives, or keep things private. Why … Continue reading

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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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