This And That


There’s been knitting progress, though I doubt this will be ready by my deadline. Still, a new mother won’t be sat at home, drumming her fingertips, wondering where that blanket is. I suspect she’ll have other things occupying her. So, you know…

Readers made some fantastic suggestions for quick and easy baby blanket knits! Go check them out here if you’re looking for pattern recommendations. Sadly for me, I’d already cast on the above and am now determined to see it through to the end. I’m knitting the Feathered Baby Blanket, a free pattern download available to all. I chose this because I know this pattern is easy-peasy lemon-squeezy, whilst looking as though you’ve done something intricate. Which isn’t the case at all. If you can knit and purl, you can make this blanket and impress your friends. That’s my hope, anyway!

vintage patterns

In other news, a reader got in touch this week with details of a fabulous vintage pattern haul soon to happen. Check out the corker above! Tracy of The Material Girl is going to have a stall at the Vintage Fashion Fair on 14 April. She’ll be selling from 200+ vintage patterns, all proceeds going towards a good cause. You can see some details of the patterns and the story behind them here.

Tracy and I met when we both attended the Couture Inside Out event at The Design Museum, blogged about here. We had the privilege of getting up close and personal with the interiors of some fantastic couture outfits, spanning the decades. Below is a detail from a 1960s sarong dress:


Well, I think that’s everything for today. Oh no – hold on. There’s one last thing I meant to do…

Sewlutions Jar

Who shall it be, who shall it be…?

Another Sewing Scientist Sewlution

I wonder how Another Sewing Scientist is getting on with her Sewlution to make something from four metres of shot silk dupioni. I’m sure she’ll let us know, readers!

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9 Responses to This And That

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, the Vogue pattern 1830 certainly caught my eye. My mother made a short sleeve version of that dress for me when I was in my late teens. She used a lovely pale blue lightweight wool with two very distinctive buttons. I can still see it in my mind’s eye and remember the many compliments I received when wearing it. Too bad I live over the Pond, I would love to go to the Vintage Fashion Fair. Enjoy.

  2. I’d be really scared of using up 4m of Silk Dupion.. good on her if she has, would love to see the results!

    Happy Saturday!

    Bundana @

  3. CJ says:

    Lovely to see the inside of a quality garment. Really inspiring to see something so well made. Hope your knitting is coming along!

  4. Good luck with the knitting, it looks beautiful already.

  5. your blanket already looks so soft and cuddly. i’m sure they will appreciate it regardless of when it arrives!
    and good luck to anothersewingscientist. i once made a table runner out of some gorgeous dupioni. what a waste! my advice is, if you’re going to the trouble of working with slippery silk, make something you will cherish.

  6. Sam says:

    Hi Karen, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The One Lovely Blog Award/Very Inspiring Blogger Award. My apologies if you’ve received it before, but I love your blog and I wanted to reflect that with my choices.

    Love that Bill Blass pattern by the way!

  7. Vicki says:

    Ack! Not me…… not so early in the year! I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t done anything but fondle it thus far.

    What is my punishment, my dear? *hangs head*

  8. eronoe says:

    As I see you have the jar up I have an announcement to make. I made pants!! Acctual wellfiting pants! A first pic has been published on my blog and more is to come 🙂 .

    Now as “t turns out I love wearing pants! I’ve lived a pantless life for about 6 years and a panthating one for 10 years before that but these pants I loved! No wedgie-feeling and not the baggy style I don’t like, just pants 🙂 .

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