Category Archives: sewing and knitting

A blog about my journey making things with sewing needles and knitting needles.

Ogden Cami Sewing Tips

Fabric Choice Affects Sizing Take note of how tight the weave of your fabric is. A light, fluid viscose with a bit of spandex (my first version) is going to fit differently to a tightly woven silk (my second version). … Continue reading

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What Should I Sew This Weekend?

This! The Ogden Cami from True Bias. I tell ya, I’m in love and it layers up like a dream. Twinned with my Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co What do I like about this pattern?

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live – Giveaway

First things first, you lucky people. Have you heard that 2017 is the year of the first live event associated with The Great British Sewing Bee? Highlights shall include: Over 100 workshops Live refashion challenges set to members of the … Continue reading

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She Walks In Beauty Like The Night Of Cloudless Climes

I expect at some point I shall get bored. Of making Charlie Caftans. Or maybe not. Two more future makes already light up my imagination. The question is: at what point do you reach maximum caftan on a sewing blog? Hey, … Continue reading

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Kaftans and Kimonos

The release of the Charlie Caftan reminded me how much I adore kaftans and kimonos. (We can debate the spelling of kaftan/caftan some other time!) Kaftans and kimonos are perfect for summer months – for home, for the beach, for … Continue reading

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Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

This beautiful viscose was kindly gifted to me by Bobbins & Buttons in Leicester. You can see their full supply of viscose here (though sadly none of this leaf print left). Don’t weep! I have found an alternative source of the … Continue reading

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Tips For Sewing The Charlie Caftan Bodice Panel

I thought I’d share my tips for sewing the bodice panel into view B of the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns. These steps are covered in pages 13-15 of the PDF instructions. As the instructions tell you, accuracy is … Continue reading

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Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan

It’s ages since I sewed from Closet Case Patterns, but as soon as I saw the Charlie Caftan I knew what I was doing with my weekend. Want to know how long this dress takes to sew from scratch? Five … Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment – Book Review

This is a beast of a book. In fact, so big and heavy that I couldn’t resist weighing it. I recommend reading this propped up in bed, book resting against your knees, with refreshments to hand as you dream about … Continue reading

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Liberty Of London Fabric Vlog

  Phewee! It’s been unbelievably hot in London today, so I decided that if I was trapped in the house I’d teach myself a bit of Youtube. Seriously, laptop trumped sewing machine. Here’s a video about my latest fabric shopping … Continue reading

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