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Dragonfly Fabrics Giveaway Winner

Just a bit of housekeeping this sleepy Sunday morning. The Random Number Generator picked the 72nd person (out of a massive 475 – thank you!) to sign up to my newsletter – and that’s Emma Martindale. Emma wins 2.5 metres … Continue reading

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What To Expect From The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court

The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court opened today and I popped along. Here are my Top Five Things To Expect. To bump into friends. Even better, arrange to meet them at the prosecco tent.

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A Fabric Buyer’s Guide To Walthamstow Market

Feeling the fabric – when markets trump interwebs I first wrote a guide to Walthamstow market years ago, and it felt time to update it. Did you know?

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Dragonfly Fabrics Giveaway – Sew This Dress

I’ve made another Charlie Caftan – and so could you! Dragonfly Fabrics kindly provided me with this swoon-worthy Japanese cotton. You can see the full range here. It’s the perfect weight for a transitional caftan, just heavy enough and warm enough … Continue reading

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A Simple Guide To Tailoring A Coat

We need to talk about the innards of this beast. How do you sew a coat or jacket and avoid failure? Start with the details. This coat pattern has 76 – count ’em – steps. Ignore the running order of … Continue reading

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The Cocktail Hour Sewalong – V1537

How long does it take to sew a coat from scratch? Three weeks. What’s the best fabric to use? Keep reading… When it comes to sewalongs, The Cocktail Hour is a marathon not a sprint. In aid of The Eve … Continue reading

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How To Sew A Back Stay

If sewing a coat or jacket, it’s a good idea to add a back stay. This: Stops fabric from stretching out across the shoulders Stabilizes the back of the coat Increases the longevity of the make Improves the line of … Continue reading

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What To Sew For Afternoon Tea

It’s afternoon tea week! I consider myself a bit of an expert as my sister and I love to track down a good afternoon tea. It’s the perfect occasion for dragging out your glad rags. MY TOP FOUR VENUES FOR … Continue reading

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The Village Haberdashery & Hampstead Heath

Yesterday was Ella’s 5th birthday – so what better way to celebrate than with a trip to see Annie at The Village Haberdashery, with Ella wearing her High Five Kerchief? Sounded like a good idea to me! This was my first … Continue reading

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Practising bound buttonholes

I’m working on a project that requires four bound buttonholes. Bound buttonholes seem scary because you slice your scissors through a pattern piece. If you mess up, you mess up – and you’d better have spare fabric to hand. So, … Continue reading

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