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The Emotional Range Of Making

My latest pursuit. I’ve been working with an embroidery kit. Oh yeah, I did tapestry and cross stitch as a child, but I’ve never before pursued the solitary activity of choosing which stitch goes where, with a tiny needle and … Continue reading

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The Slither And Hiss Of Silk

Is there anything more delicious than the slither and hiss of silk as a pussy bow is tugged free, during gentle disrobing? YES! The slither and hiss of £3 a metre polyester from TMOS! This animal print is the bomb. … Continue reading

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30 Days Of Photos With Strangers

  The tenth anniversary of Me Made May has drawn to a close. Some of you will be silently raising a cheer of relief; others will be reflecting on their wardrobe choices. It’s an initiative that both divides and bonds, … Continue reading

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Caring For Vintage Cushion Fabrics

Ella and I have a new garden bench and it’s become our favourite place to sit. I drag out a blanket and cushions and lie with my legs dangling over an arm rest as I proofread pages. Ella keeps a … Continue reading

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Are You Part Of The Mending Brigade?

Last week I went to Oxford to talk to a bunch of Sewists about The Little Book of Sewing. It was SUCH a great event and I met fascinating people from sewing academics to sewing start-ups, teachers to parents to … Continue reading

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Meeting Makers – The Miniature Maker

JL Martin – or Tinkymctiddles as she’s known on Instagram – is a writer, illustrator, coder – and, very recently, a sculptor of miniature models – models just like this! These tiny pencils, miniature baguettes and eensy-weensie rows of knitting … Continue reading

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Five Good Reasons To Press Your Fabric

Do you run an iron over your fabric before cutting out and, if so – why? I was thinking about exactly this question as I pressed some summer weight wool suiting to make yet another pair of culottes. Here are … Continue reading

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The Eighties Called. They Want Their Clothes Back.

I bought this book for £1.50 from a shop on the Isle of Wight. What’s not to love? Liberty! Sewing patterns included! The Eighties! Not just a piece of history. There’s some pretty detailed information in this book, plus basic … Continue reading

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The Launch Party Of Dreams!

Last Thursday we celebrated publication of The Little Book of Sewing with a party at The Village Haberdashery – and what a party it was! I’d ordered photo-printed cupcakes carrying miniature images of the book cover but – doh! – … Continue reading

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Should I Wear This Dress To The Book Launch?

Do you ever feel as though you were born to live in a certain decade of your life? I found my youth hard. I was too ‘fat’, I loved make-up despite the fact that my 20s were lived through the … Continue reading

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