Category Archives: sewing

What To Do With Fabric Scraps

Well, if you’re a dog owner – show some love. I used this tutorial and the iron on patch came from Stoff & Stil. I think we can agree this is the cutest sewing I’ve ever done. Nothing more you … Continue reading

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Gingham Yuki Dress

I’ve sewn a second Yuki! (Where does that name come from?) This time in gingham cotton for the shell and black silk for the drawstring collar. Goyjus! The drawstring was much easier to turn in this finer silk, and it … Continue reading

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Tessuti Yuki Dress

On Monday, Minerva Crafts sent me some of their famous Prada Self Lined crepe. (And yes, it stands up to the hype.) On Tuesday, Tessuti Fabrics released their Yuki pattern. By Thursday, I had a new dress. Remind me. What … Continue reading

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M6885 Shirt Dress – More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Want to sew a shirt dress with interesting details, but without sleeve plackets or a gazillion buttons? Welcome to the M6885 shirt dress! This is a dream to wear. I can say that with confidence because I’ve already worn it … Continue reading

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Bend Like The Green Reed

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it. Life … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tips: Sewing, Reading, Motivation

My Top Five Sewing Essential Stockpilers  Overlocker thread in a variety of colours. Stock up when you see it. Microtex needles, fine enough for your more delicate projects. Pins regularly need replacing. As Ooobop‘s mother would tell you, throw out … Continue reading

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15mm – the rule of thumb

15mm. I never knew this tiny measurement would become such a key part of my life. But it’s the standard seam allowance in most sewing patterns and now I can eyeball 15mm with impressive accuracy. It’s not always clever or … Continue reading

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7 Years Of Blogging & Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Butterick 5455

Looking for the perfect dress to layer with cardies, that can make either a summer or winter outfit? Welcome to the Butterick 5455! It’s a much lauded pattern, sadly out of print. Source it, if you can. Look at the gorgeous bodice … Continue reading

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How To Sew A Really Good Pleat

I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric. That’s a recipe for inaccuracy. But … Continue reading

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