Category Archives: sewing

A Needle Pulling Thread – Listen Now!

When two readers in one day email you about the same thing, you need to sit up and pay attention. Miriana and Judy urged me to listen to a radio episode they’d both enjoyed and they wanted me to alert you, too. … Continue reading

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Sew Over It, Islington Opens

Last Sunday I was invited to enjoy an afternoon of sewing at the new Islington branch of Lisa Comfort’s Sew Over It. Door to door, this place is a 43-minute journey from my home, so there was no doubt that … Continue reading

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Are You A Customer Or A Community?

A blog review? Or free marketing? And do we care? When I’m not sewing like a maniac, I work in the business of book publishing. It’s one of many creative fields that faces huge changes in its relationship with customers. … Continue reading

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Sewing Trousers

Did I know how to sew trousers? No. But two Sewists* shamelessly Twitter goaded me into buying Burda 7017 (currently available for £2.93 here!) and some stretch cotton jaquard from The Man Outside Sainsburys. For all those people out there who … Continue reading

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Being Nagged By The Hawthorn Dress

The prettiest collar ever? Anyone remember the dress I had to throw away? I cut it out again. Correction. I cut it out again twice. Initially, from a heavy turquoise cotton – which I realised I loathed. Hospital scrubs, anyone? So I … Continue reading

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Failing – It’s All A Matter Of Perspective

If I was in the workplace, I wouldn’t be calling this a fail. It would be a learning curve, a challenge, part of a wider strategy and a reach for best practice. It definitely wouldn’t be a fail. But it … Continue reading

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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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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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