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The Eighties Called. They Want Their Clothes Back.

I bought this book for £1.50 from a shop on the Isle of Wight. What’s not to love? Liberty! Sewing patterns included! The Eighties! Not just a piece of history. There’s some pretty detailed information in this book, plus basic … Continue reading

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The Launch Party Of Dreams!

Last Thursday we celebrated publication of The Little Book of Sewing with a party at The Village Haberdashery – and what a party it was! I’d ordered photo-printed cupcakes carrying miniature images of the book cover but – doh! – … Continue reading

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Should I Wear This Dress To The Book Launch?

Do you ever feel as though you were born to live in a certain decade of your life? I found my youth hard. I was too ‘fat’, I loved make-up despite the fact that my 20s were lived through the … Continue reading

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When Blog Readers Help You Write A Book

It’s publication week for The Little Book of Sewing! Have you been joining in the Instagram fun #thelittlebookofsewing? I’ve seen so many great and inspiring stories, including how this book inspired Kathy of Sew Dainty to launch her own jewellery … Continue reading

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Designing The Cover For The Little Book Of Sewing

When it came to cover inspiration for The Little Book of Sewing, my editor asked me to send over a few visuals that I liked. Amongst them was a link to Stitched Up Sam’s Instagram feed. I really like the … Continue reading

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Tracking Down Vintage Vogue Patterns

Did any of you see the recent stunning use of a vintage Vogue pattern by Riccardo on The Great British Sewing Bee? I loved this dress made from a set of charity shop curtains! The pattern is the Vogue Paris … Continue reading

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How Many Outfits Can You Make With One Piece Of Fabric?

Five years ago, I bought nine metres of silk in a sample sale. I’ve finally used it all up! Two metres were given away. The rest has been used on… A silk Myosotis dress My first silk Sew Over It … Continue reading

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The Caress Of Silk

Can anyone recommend a blogger-friendly point and shoot camera? I’ve been using the same one almost since I started blogging, and it’s dying on its feet. I’m not interested in an SLR – I find those impossible for taking photos … Continue reading

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The Little Book Of Sewing Party!

What are you doing on 11 April? Would you like to join Annie and I for a party to celebrate publication of The Little Book of Sewing? There shall be nibbles and fizz and plenty of copies of the book, … Continue reading

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Galentine’s Prize Winner!

The person randomly selected from the Happy Galentine’s Giveaway is Rebecca Matthews who nominated her mum to receive two metres of Oriental Koi Lena Crepe from The Sewcial Studio. Isn’t it lush? I’ll be in touch for a postal address, … Continue reading

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