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Baking, Babies, Quilts, Wine, Stew – Recipes For Life

Yesterday was a good day. I cooked lunch for three friends, including one who is pregnant with her first baby. I have lived on this planet for so long that I am now going through my second generation of friends … Continue reading

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M6885 Shirt Dress – More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Want to sew a shirt dress with interesting details, but without sleeve plackets or a gazillion buttons? Welcome to the M6885 shirt dress! This is a dream to wear. I can say that with confidence because I’ve already worn it … Continue reading

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Bend Like The Green Reed

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it. Life … Continue reading

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In Vino Veritas – In Wine, Truth

There’s been a distinct lack of sewing at Did You Make That Towers, largely because there’s been a distinct lack of home time at Did You Make That Towers! I’m 200 miles from home in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Haworth was the … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tips: Sewing, Reading, Motivation

My Top Five Sewing Essential Stockpilers  Overlocker thread in a variety of colours. Stock up when you see it. Microtex needles, fine enough for your more delicate projects. Pins regularly need replacing. As Ooobop‘s mother would tell you, throw out … Continue reading

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15mm – the rule of thumb

15mm. I never knew this tiny measurement would become such a key part of my life. But it’s the standard seam allowance in most sewing patterns and now I can eyeball 15mm with impressive accuracy. It’s not always clever or … Continue reading

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Creativity And Motivation

First of all, the winner of my Liberty tana lawn giveaway is … Foodie Nelly! I’ll be in touch for a postal address, my friend. Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last blog post. You’ve given … Continue reading

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7 Years Of Blogging & Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Butterick 5455

Looking for the perfect dress to layer with cardies, that can make either a summer or winter outfit? Welcome to the Butterick 5455! It’s a much lauded pattern, sadly out of print. Source it, if you can. Look at the gorgeous bodice … Continue reading

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How To Sew A Really Good Pleat

I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric. That’s a recipe for inaccuracy. But … Continue reading

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