Category Archives: sewing

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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Zip Tips!

Did you know that the ideal place to end a zip insertion is 9 inches (23 cm) beneath the highest part of your waist? According to the law of body averages, this is where the widest part of your hip will … 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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Vogue 5098 – First Bodice Toile

Work has commenced on the Vogue 5098. Step one, a bodice toile. The good news is that the pattern largely fits according to my body measurements – hoozah! The more challenging news is that there are more than a few … 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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