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The Best Fabric Marking Tool You’ll Ever Use

Tailor’s chalk. It’s just not that great. There – I’ve acknowledged the elephant in the room! As an alternative my Clover Chalk Pen is pretty awesome, but this week I learned about a new-to-me marking tool – the Frixion pen. This … Continue reading

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Curating Colour

Work has commenced on the Vogue toile. That severe angle above is a kimono sleeve gusset. The V stitching is there to reinforce the corner. I’m going to have to sew an entire seam into that severe angle. Wish me … Continue reading

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Fabric Fondler Or Public Nuisance?

There I was, stood on the escalator, going home at the end of a long day. The woman in front of me was wearing a lime green wool coat of some extreme fabulosity. That was a great coat. Had she … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Next Steps

And yay, the angels of heaven wept tears of joy because … there had been Ginger Jean sewing! Not enough to share a finished project, but progress is progress. Even when it is grabbed in ten-minute windows around life and the … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans First Steps

I’ve started sewing my first pair of jeans. This has involved dragging out, cleaning and prepping every piece of equipment I own! I have three machines lined up: my Brother 1034D overlocker for finishing seams my Bernina Activa for topstitching … Continue reading

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Blog Writing Tips 3 – Discipline

So, is everyone feeling creatively inspired in their blog writing? We’ve embraced the power of story – and seen some lovely blog posts. I shared the joy of conversation – yay, for a good chat! But today I’m going to introduce … Continue reading

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The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric – Buy It!

The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric is a stonking book. STONKING. Here’s the skinnie: It’s written by a real expert, The Thrifty Stitcher. Patterns have been tested by some of the best Sewists out there, including Fehr Trade. The … Continue reading

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Polly And The Puffin Takes Flight

It’s rare for me to highjack my sewing blog to talk about my day job but today I am going to do that quite shamelessly. Mainly because I think you’ll love this book – Polly and the Puffin! To give … Continue reading

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Ten Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Sewing

I recently ran a ten day campaign on Twitter and Instagram posting ten of the most beautiful sentences in sewing, along with accompanying images. Some of the ‘sentences’ could have been genuine quotes; others most definitely came from the land … Continue reading

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Blog Writing Tips 2 – The Art Of Conversation

When you compose a blog post, it’s immediately personal. Readers can react within moments. You’re not preaching from a pulpit or talking to yourself in the mirror and you certainly don’t need permission to write. You’re engaging in the fine art of conversation. So … Continue reading

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