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Galentine’s Day Winner

Drum roll … is Melissa who nominated her friend, Janelle V. Melissa, I shall be in touch for a postal address to share with our generous supplier, The Village Haberdashery. Thanks, everyone, for taking part. It was really lovely to … Continue reading

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Gigi’s Dressing Room – E17 Curated Vintage

Are you looking for the perfect vintage item to wear to that next wedding, graduation or birthday party? Then you have another good reason to visit Walthamstow: my old cobblers has become a curated collection of vintage clothes aka Gigi’s … Continue reading

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Happy Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

One of the people in this photo has a birthday today… It’s my birthday! It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with this calendar day. On one level, the world is in a good mood on the … Continue reading

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Are You A Plotter Or A Pantser?

Knickers. Shorts. Kidney warmers. Bikinis, brazilians, midis or thongs… Call them what you will. Sometimes, we fly by the seat of them. There’s a shared joke in the author community that a writer is either a plotter or a pantser:

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Cos AND Cosy

Brrrrrr! Jeepers, creepers. Coldest week this winter? The meteorologists ain’t kidding. My sewing timing could not be more perfect. I’ve finished sewing this boxy T-shirt from The Maker’s Atelier magazine, just in time for our cold snap. The jersey – … Continue reading

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When You DON’T Need To Pattern Match

We’ve all been there. Exceedingly proud of our careful, painstaking pattern matching. And well done, us! It’s a great skill to have. The day you have the foresight to think about your fabric print before cutting out is a great … Continue reading

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Sew Your Own Activewear – Book Review

Tonight at 8pm the BBC airs The Truth About Getting Fit. As a Fitbit addict, I shall be watching. My own exercise regimes have changed over the years. I used to cycle a lot; now the bike languishes in the … Continue reading

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Three Top Tips For Sewing With Solids

It’s easy to be seduced by prints. Ooh, bunny rabbits! Unicorns! Dogs in space! And prints TOTALLY have a place in sewing. Because if you can’t sew a bunny rabbit unicorn dress, something is very wrong with the world. BUT … Continue reading

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When You’re An Unhappy Blogger

Having recently written a couple of blog posts linking sewing and blogging with happiness, I thought I’d touch on the opposite end of the spectrum. What happens when you become an unhappy blogger? Most of us set up a blog … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Spread Sewing Happiness

On #bluemonday, how can you use your sewing to make the world a happier place? Fund Raising Initiative I remain very proud of the Made Up Initiative, which raised over £3000 for The National Literacy Trust. All it took was … Continue reading

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