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Dolores Batwing Top

When So Zo invited me to pattern test the Dolores Batwing Top (launched today, people!), I was like a greyhound out of a trap. Yes, please! This PDF pattern for a simple batwing top/tunic/dress prints out on only 12 sheets … Continue reading

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Debbie Bliss’s Woolly Woofers – A Dog Blog Review

Hello, readers. Consider yourselves honoured. After months of persuasion and the multiple signing of Non Disclosure Agreements, a very special presence in the blogosphere has agreed to write a guest post. She’s infamous for her love of velvety coats (that only need … Continue reading

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How To Add Metal Buttons To Dungarees

Welcome to my step-by-step guide to adding two metal buttons to your Pauline Alice Turia dungarees. (And thanks for everyone’s lovely comments on my pair! To the readers who think dungarees are the devil’s work: thanks for your entertaining comments, too!) … Continue reading

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Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop of Felt

At the weekend, I managed to visit an exhibition that’s become legendary in its own London lifetime – which ended yesterday (sorry). It’s Lucy Sparrow’s corner shop made of felt! Entirely made of felt. In spitting distance of Columbia Road – always well … Continue reading

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The Crazy Dress Woman

This is my, um, fifth Coco dress from Tilly and the Buttons. What can I tell you, with the right fabric, I love this pattern for a comfortable make that can still look pretty dramatic. I made this from two metres … Continue reading

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Knitting A Tension Square – Do You?

I did something truly incredible for my latest knitting project. I actually made full tension squares! For those of you who don’t know, at the start of any knitting project, you should knit a 10x10cm swatch, using the recommended needle … Continue reading

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Ready To Trek The Pattern Trail?

Are you visiting the Isle of Wight over the next few weeks? Maybe you live here? Perhaps you have a sewing machine at home. It could be that you’re looking for a bit of fun in these dog days of summer. … Continue reading

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Simplicity 1941 in Isle of Wight Liberty Tana Lawn

When I first visited the Isle of Wight a year ago, I fell deeply in love and have been dreaming of a return visit ever since. Liberty of London must have been channelling my dreams. For their Spring/Summer collection this year they released the … Continue reading

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Liberty Lilou

This is my second make of the Lilou Dress from Love At First Stitch. I used some liberty fabric bought at Christmas from Birmingham rag market. I can remember hesitating over the purchase. Even off a market, the fabric was a … Continue reading

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Tilly and the Buttons Lilou Dress

Hey, guys! Keeping cool in the sun? After a pointless trek to Ella’s dog groomer, only to discover a calendar clash, I’m ever so slightly overheated. Not that I’m complaining about a British summer that actually delivers on the sunshine. … Continue reading

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