Country show day

Country show dress

On the weekend was our town’s one-day country show. Regrettably, our family couldn’t go, but we still entered some things in handicrafts and cooking. (Read about last year when I entered some dressmaking, the year before when I wished I had, and the year before that when we went for the first time.) I entered…

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Coming soon: my new book Zero Waste Sewing

Zero waste sewing winking image

Hi Everyone, since mid-last year I’ve been working on a new book and it’s now ready to show you. Zero Waste Sewing is a collection of 16 garments all designed to use 100% of the fabric, with no scraps or waste. If you’re looking for a new sewing adventure, creating a slow wardrobe for yourself…

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Afternoon handbag challenge

afternoon handbag challenge

Sewing brief: in one afternoon, make a new handbag (cross body style) using only stuff we already have at home. The time has come to move onto my next handbag. Since my children were born, I’ve gone from…. For the next handbag era I fancied a cross-body bag so I wouldn’t have to carry it…

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Free pattern…and reflections on the perfect knitted dishcloth

Dishcloth free pattern

Like many households, we are trying to “reduce, reuse and recycle”. At least I am, and I’m forcing everyone else come along for the ride. We have been kitchen sponge users for a couple of decades now. A while back I knitted some cotton dishcloths but they were rejected by a majority (ie everyone except…

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Book recommendation: The Art of Dressing

Art of Dressing cover

Have you ever read a book that came just at the right time? The Art of Dressing by Tziporah Salamon was like that for me. I borrowed it from the library last week and had been feeling sort of flat about fashion and dressing. Uninspired, a bit bored. This book, in all its colour and…

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3 useful tips for cutting out

scissor collection

Do you enjoy cutting fabric, or do you find it anxiety-producing? I know not everyone enjoys cutting out; I quite like it though. Although I trained as a patternmaker, I started my career as a junior cutter, and worked as a cutter on and off for about 9 years. The most expensive fabric I ever…

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Ninja vs Incredible: book week costumes

Ninja vs Incredibles book week costumes

It’s been a week of creativity here at Haywood Homestead. The dress-ups box was raided and the hot glue gun’s been going overtime, as the finishing touches were put on book week costumes. The doomed Lucky Prescott costume (see last week’s post) got replaced by Plan B: I converted the Ladybug Miraculous catsuit (made for…

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Countdown to Book Week costumes

Book week costumes

Sunday afternoon was spent sewing things for Book Week costumes. It was pleasant to sit and sew in the warm kitchen, as the hail thrashed the windows and the trees bent over horizontally outside. For international readers, Aussie schools celebrate Children’s Book Week by inviting students dress up as their favourite book character. Our school…

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