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Hibernating Hedgehog

The winner of the Jo Clark giveaway is Maxi! She wins the 12 Dogs Of Christmas multipack of cards. I’ll be in touch for a postal address, my friend. Are your making habits changing as spiders cast their webs, mice … Continue reading

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Dungaree Dress Disaster Diverted!

This is my second make of the Turia dungarees – this time as a pinafore dress! A really easy process, following this tutorial. Not that this was an easy make. Ever felt tripped up by fate and fortune? I have… Do not, under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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Meeting Makers – The Book Illustrator

How do you illustrate a book? Want to find out what it’s really like drawing scenes for a knitting pattern? Then give a big welcome to Jo Clark, illustrator on the charming and delightful Woolly Woofers from Debbie Bliss! Jo agreed … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To The Publisher of Sewtionary

Dear Krause Publications I’m sure you are very proud of yourselves for publishing Tasia St Germaine’s debut book, Sewtionary. How clever you must feel. How very timely. Sirs, your timing could not have been worse! I trawled through the 101 … Continue reading

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The Language of Sewing

It’s been a busy week or so, doing a lot of talking about sewing. I’ve been lucky enough to be featured in this month’s Sew magazine, highlighted as Blog of the month. When asked why I started a blog I replied, … Continue reading

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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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