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The Long Exhale

Sometimes, it’s helpful to appreciate those midweek days when you just can’t find the time to sew. This is your thinking time, when challenges percolate in your head. Yes, that’s how to stabilise my zip insertion. Selvedges! The right answers don’t … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Split Bust Darts

Split bust dart on my Lilou dress I’m currently in the process of making a bodice toile for a potential new make. It’s the Simplicity 2215. I was inspired to order this pattern after seeing it featured on The Village Haberdashery … Continue reading

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Sewing Turns Me Into A Vampire

I can’t be the only person who doesn’t sew in a clinical environment. I sew in a home – a messy, multi-tasking home where the ground floor is largely open. I sew in this space and I also cook here. … Continue reading

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High Five To Five

You’d think there’s nothing new to say when you’re on your fifth version of a pattern. You’d be wrong! This is a thick cotton with a tiny percentage of lycra. When I saw it at TMOS, I knew it was too … Continue reading

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How To Sew In Chunks Of Time

Some people ask how they can fit sewing into their busy lives. I ask a different question. How can I fit sewing into my busy life without throwing everything else off schedule? It’s far too easy to get lost in … Continue reading

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Can Social Media Help You Choose A Needle?

Have you joined the 1000+ subscribers to Lisa Comfort’s new Sew Over It Youtube channel? I have, and I’m really enjoying each episode. I don’t have to do anything other than watch (usually propped up in bed), there’s always an … Continue reading

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The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Sewing Machine

Sewists crave summer. We endure the bleak light and short days of winter, stoically sewing our practical makes, secretly craving cotton lawn and poplin. Fun prints, bare legs, no lining needed. When, oh, when can we sew summer dresses again? Finally, … Continue reading

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How To Sew Espadrilles – Turn Up On Time

Making espadrilles is easy. FACT! Or so I found out recently, when Kate of The Makery invited me to a class at John Lewis Oxford Street. There was only one problem – I strolled up a full hour late. Anyone … Continue reading

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Why Reinvent The Wheel?

Whenever I pull on my double gauze Tantalising Tulips dress I think, Dang! This is a nice dress. I really need to sew another one. Then I saw this cotton sateen selling for £3 a metre from The Man Outside Sainsburys. … Continue reading

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Lisa Comfort’s Sew Over It Vintage

It’s no secret that I’ve become a big Sew Over It fan over recent months. This is almost entirely down to the opening of Lisa’s second shop in Islington. Her launch venue in Brixton was a long way from where … Continue reading

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