A day at the country show

A day at the country show

On the weekend was our town’s one-day country show. I had decide two years ago to enter something in the dressmaking section, but last year I was too busy with The Dressmaker’s Companion and didn’t get around to it.  There were hardly any entries that year, and I vowed to make sure I was organised…

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The experimental shorts: the crushing verdict

The experimental shorts The crushing verdict

In the world of patternmaking, I like to persist with things and Get It Right.  It’s not often I give up easily on a project. Last week I experimented with a short/trousers draft, which I found in one of my old sketchbooks.  Unfortunately I hadn’t dated it or noted the source, but I might have…

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Experimental shorts

Experimental shorts

Last week’s Built by Wendy, Sewn by Lizzy dress is progressing…slowly.  Meanwhile, I came across an interesting idea for cutting trousers (or shorts) and thought I’d give it a whirl. Here’s the concept:   It’s closely related to these zero waste pajama pants, except that the triangular/diamond gusset is cut from the tummy rather than…

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Built by Wendy, Sewn by Lizzy

Built by Wendy Sewn by Lizzy book cover

The arrival of spring weather has given me the urge to sew a summer dress.  Does this happen to you when the season changes? I was also inspired by a library book: Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl’s Best Frock.  The book was published in 2010 and has had…

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Overlocking: A perfect beginning and end

Overlocking A perfect beginning and end

A question that sometimes comes up during sewing classes is How do I secure the beginnings and ends of overlocking? There are a few answers depending on the situation…   If the overlocking will eventually have another row of stitching or overlocking over each end (probable examples are side seams, shoulder seams and in fact,…

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Questions people ask at book talks

Questions people ask at book talks

This month The Dressmaker’s Companion turns one.  While I’m no veteran of book talks, I’ve done a few since then, always with an opportunity for questions at the end.  Sometimes no-one asks any and sometimes people ask questions during the talk (especially if the group is small). Read more about my publishing story here. Here’s…

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That old dressmakers model Part 3: Got it covered

That old dressmakers model Part 3 Got it Covered

It’s now the final week of my dressmakers model makeover: the cover.  This turned out to be harder than I thought. (For the background on my dressmakers model, read part 1 and part 2.)                   Cheers! PS, Adelaide readers, it’s not too late to book for this…

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That old dressmakers model Part 2: Armed intervention

Armed intervention

The arm pattern I made last week for my dressmakers model has been corrected, cut out and sewn in the “good” fabric, which is calico.  I went ahead and cut out a pair of arms instead of just one. Read about the beginnings of this project here.                …

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That old dressmakers model

That old dressmakers model

Sometimes people ask me: Is it worthwhile to have a dressmakers model?  My answer is usually no.  Dressmakers models have their uses though… They lend an “authentic” air to your sewing room. Useful to store half-made jackets, tops and dresses on. Great for shaping collars. Spook family members when they walk into the room and…

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Holiday snaps from the ASG convention

Last week I went to the Australian Sewing Guild’s convention in Melbourne.  Here’s what happened…   Tuesday Dear Diary, Flying out tomorrow with Mum for the Australian Sewing Guild’s biennial convention in Melbourne.  Leaving the children at home with husband.  Children worried I would never return after watching Air Crash Investigation on TV. We’re going…

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