Category Archives: sewing

My Ancient Toyota Sewing Machine

First things first, the winner of my The Button Box giveaway is Ciao Linda. Do read the 157 comments about buttons – there are some lovely stories there. Whilst my Bernina is being serviced, I have done what I swore … Continue reading

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National Button Day Giveaway

Well, that’s my Bernina, off to be serviced. See you in a week, little fella. A week. Gulp. Distractions, distractions, need distractions… How about a giveaway? Did you know that it’s National Button Day today? Yup, turns out that there’s … Continue reading

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What Does A Sewing Blogger Do When She Can’t Sew Or Blog?

This is quite the dilemma. What does a sewing blogger do when her sewing machine isn’t working? Those issues I had with my last make? Tiny stitches and fabric that doesn’t want to feed. I’m having the same issues with … Continue reading

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Sewing A Jersey Breton Stripe Top

I can’t claim that this Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top was the easiest make but I can claim to love it! Why so tricky, Karen? Well first, there were the one million pins needed for stripe matching.

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Top Five Tips For Sewing Meet Up Nerves

Over the years, I’ve been to a lot of sewing meet ups of all shapes and sizes… Whenever I meet someone new, they always tell me how nervous they are to join a bunch of sewing pals they’ve only previously … Continue reading

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Winter Culottes

Can you wear culottes in the winter? I think so. Pair wool and chiffon? Definitely! This is my third pair of B6178 worn with my chiffon Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse. The culottes are a dream to wear, sewn from … Continue reading

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Just Add Water

Water is water, isn’t it? Not when it comes to ironing – or should I say pressing. Do you know the difference? Ironing is when you use pressure and friction; when your iron glides across fabric. Pressing is when you … Continue reading

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Lost Your Sewing Nerve?

A blog reader (thanks, Jen!) recently made a fantastic suggestion for a post – how to push through when you lose your sewing nerve. A wobble can happen for all sorts of reasons: You take a break and lose your … Continue reading

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Happy Autumnal Sewing

Is there anything more delicious for autumn than a new Tilly And The Buttons Cleo dungaree dress sewn in jumbo cord? Answer: Yes! New woollen tights to match the top stitching. Buttons bought on a long-ago trip to Hay on … Continue reading

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Less Than The Sum

This is The Pleat Detail Dress from Maker’s Atelier, and I can’t help feeling that I’ve sewn myself not quite the most flattering dress! Which is an awful shame, because the pattern is super-lovely, so is the linen and so … Continue reading

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