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Turning Seven, Turning Metallic

Oh, man! We can agree that it’s been way too long since Ella last appeared on Did You Make That. Did you know that she’s just turned seven? And next year, I turn 50! How does any of this even … Continue reading

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Sewing Eco-Guilt? Killer!

Have you noticed? Somewhere along the way, the environment stopped being about the largesse of recycling your empty wine bottles at the weekend and started becoming… Well. Really urgent. All around us are images of micro beads floating in pacific … Continue reading

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Haven’t I Seen That Dress Before?

Do your eyes deceive you? Haven’t you seen this Deer & Doe Myosotis dress before? Why yes, you have – here! I decided to pay an homage to Marie of A Stitching Odyssey. Oh, who am I kidding? I copied her. … Continue reading

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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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