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Ogden Cami Sewing Tips

Fabric Choice Affects Sizing Take note of how tight the weave of your fabric is. A light, fluid viscose with a bit of spandex (my first version) is going to fit differently to a tightly woven silk (my second version). … Continue reading

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What Should I Sew This Weekend?

This! The Ogden Cami from True Bias. I tell ya, I’m in love and it layers up like a dream. Twinned with my Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co What do I like about this pattern?

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GBSB Live – The Winners!

Below are the names of my ten winners. They each receive a free pair of tickets to The Great British Sewing Bee Live. Thanks to everyone for taking part in this giveaway! I hope I’ll see many of you at … Continue reading

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live – Giveaway

First things first, you lucky people. Have you heard that 2017 is the year of the first live event associated with The Great British Sewing Bee? Highlights shall include: Over 100 workshops Live refashion challenges set to members of the … Continue reading

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She Walks In Beauty Like The Night Of Cloudless Climes

I expect at some point I shall get bored. Of making Charlie Caftans. Or maybe not. Two more future makes already light up my imagination. The question is: at what point do you reach maximum caftan on a sewing blog? Hey, … Continue reading

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Kaftans and Kimonos

The release of the Charlie Caftan reminded me how much I adore kaftans and kimonos. (We can debate the spelling of kaftan/caftan some other time!) Kaftans and kimonos are perfect for summer months – for home, for the beach, for … Continue reading

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Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

This beautiful viscose was kindly gifted to me by Bobbins & Buttons in Leicester. You can see their full supply of viscose here (though sadly none of this leaf print left). Don’t weep! I have found an alternative source of the … Continue reading

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Tips For Sewing The Charlie Caftan Bodice Panel

I thought I’d share my tips for sewing the bodice panel into view B of the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns. These steps are covered in pages 13-15 of the PDF instructions. As the instructions tell you, accuracy is … Continue reading

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Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan

It’s ages since I sewed from Closet Case Patterns, but as soon as I saw the Charlie Caftan I knew what I was doing with my weekend. Want to know how long this dress takes to sew from scratch? Five … Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment – Book Review

This is a beast of a book. In fact, so big and heavy that I couldn’t resist weighing it. I recommend reading this propped up in bed, book resting against your knees, with refreshments to hand as you dream about … Continue reading

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