Category Archives: sewing

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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B6178 – The Circus Is In Town

I’ve made another pair of the B6178 culottes. I promise, I didn’t go out looking for this backdrop! This is old school and no mistake; there are places on Airbnb that would charge you a fortune for the authentic vintage … Continue reading

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Do You Struggle With Sewing Terminology, Too?

Words, huh? Slippery little beasts, don’t you find? I noticed this on my last blog post when I mistakenly referred to a bodice whilst talking about a pair of culottes. Readers were kind enough not to correct me, but I … Continue reading

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Doughnut Pattern Weights – A Giveaway

Did you know that today is Doughnut Day in the States? Well, it is – and in my book, that calls for a sewing blog giveaway.

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B6178 Culotte Pattern

A couple of weeks ago, if you’d said to me, ‘Karen, I’d like you to swathe the lower half of your body in acres of pale fabric,’ I’d have told you to take a running jump. A couple of events happened between then … Continue reading

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Top 5 Best Fabrics For Hot Weather

Anyone out there sweltering? Me, too! Here’s a quick run down of the fabrics I love to sew for summer. Needless to say, they’re all natural. Silk The above Deep V Tunic top from DIY Couture’s No Patterns Needed book … Continue reading

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Yuki Dress The Third

I took this photo the morning after the Manchester bombing. The sun was out, and within earshot a church choir was rehearsing. It was hard not to get tearful. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. Now is the time for us … Continue reading

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Help Me Understand Cosplay

I’m wearing a Hollyburn skirt. My companion is wearing…? The first time I became aware of Cosplay was in 2014. I attended London Comi Con through my day job and stumbled upon … a whole other world of outfits. Outrageous outfits. … Continue reading

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