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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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Sewing With Italian Polyester Chiffon – Gelato Required

Lovely Annie of The Village Haberdashery said she had a couple of metres of neon chiffon to spare. Could I make something with it? You betcha! Could I photograph it to accurately reflect the colours? Maybe. The ice-cream photo is … Continue reading

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Homemade Memories Winner

What an emotional week, reading everyone’s shared food memories as part of this giveaway. Not every childhood happy, but all of the memories vivid. My own favourite recollection is reading Mary Poppins, lying on my bedroom floor next to the radiator, eating cooking … Continue reading

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Kate Doran’s Homemade Memories – A Giveaway

Earlier this week I attended the book launch for Kate Doran’s debut cookbook, Homemade Memories. Published only four days ago, this title has already been featured on the front page of The Guardian, in The Times, Marie Claire and The … Continue reading

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A State Of Bewilderment Brought On By A Dress

I’m not gonna lie, guys. This dress really lives up to its name. If I was going on a first date, I wouldn’t think, I know! I’ll wear my factory dress. The one that goes really well with a hair … Continue reading

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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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