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A Bride Sews

I have always sworn blind that I would not ever, not now, no way sew someone a wedding dress. But help someone sew their own wedding outfit? Hmmmm, maybe. A dear friend is getting married and wanted to make part of … Continue reading

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A Month Without Ablogogising

It’s 1 February, time to analyse my self-set challenge of a January free of ablogogising. The month is best summarised by the above photo of a heinous attempt at my first ever poached egg. How best to Instagram caption this without doing myself … Continue reading

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A Study In Scarlet

A swatch has been knitted to test tension and colour matching… Careful body measurements taken… And the client has reached a fever pitch of excitement. Can you guess what plans are afoot? Will this link help? Any tips? I’m drawing … Continue reading

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What Are Your Sewing Rituals?

I wrote recently about the ritualisation of cutting out paper patterns, and how routines help guard against sewing failure. This led me to ponder what my other rituals are. In no particular order… Monthly worshipping at The Man Outside Sainsburys’ … Continue reading

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Tips For Cutting Out Paper Patterns

Have a dedicated pair of paper scissors, only used for cutting out pattern pieces. A sharp blade makes all the difference. Tick off each piece as it’s cut out. This gives a sense of achievement and forwards progress. It also means you … Continue reading

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Sewing Flannel Pyjamas

Say hello to my new PJs! Just in time for the cold snap that’s arrived in the UK. I bought this gingham flannel back on a hot summer day. Those will make some cosy winter pyjamas, I thought. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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How Far Do You Take Pre-Washing?

Pre-washing fabric allows for shrinkage before you slave over a hand stitched outfit. The best lessons are learnt the hard way and after some ruined makes, I’ve trained myself to pre-wash fabric the moment it enters the house. I try … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Sewing Helps My Shop Bought Items

Sewing Buttons Back On Getting Rid Of Those Blooming Labels Cropping Too Long Leggings Once upon a time, those leggings would have gone back to the shop. Not any more. How does sewing equipment and knowledge help with the clothes … Continue reading

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Knitting A Snood

Have you come across Wool And The Gang? They’re very active on Instagram and my impression is that they’ve been on a significant and successful social media onslaught – I’ve spotted lots of other bloggers knitting their wares. When I … Continue reading

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Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

The Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress was nearly my New Year’s Eve dress. Then I recognised the ridiculousness of a self-set deadline and put this to one side. Didn’t I already have a wardrobe full of dresses waiting to be worn? … Continue reading

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