Making a Spectacle of Oneself

They said it would happen one day, and now it finally has. Yep, reading glasses.  I’ve now reached That Age where I need glasses to sew and read. I can’t complain really; I’ve enjoyed superb eyesight my whole life.  In my 20’s I could actually read the size number on machine needles.  Since I turned…

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Introducing The Dressmaker’s Companion

Dear Friends, I’m so excited I hardly know how to write this post. I’ve just finished writing a sewing book which I hope will be tremendously useful, outstandingly successful and a great blessing to anyone who sews clothes. The Dressmaker’s Companion is… “A comprehensive sewing reference you’ll refer to again and again for reliable, practical…

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Time Capsule from the 1960’s

Recently I was given a gift of two bags and box containing fabric from a friend of our family, Will.  The fabric had belonged to four women: Will’s mum, her two sisters and their mum. The fabric had been sitting in a caravan for years, untouched by mice or moths, and Will’s mum was having…

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Free pattern: Large beach bag

I know, it’s crazy: I don’t live anywhere near a beach and it’s wintertime.  However, a beach bag this size is endlessly useful for things like swimming lessons (in an indoor pool right now), sleepovers, laundromat visits, taking parcels to the post office and taking fabric around to your mum’s.          …

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My ex-favourite skirt just became favourite again

Some time ago I went through a phase of using cotton fabric for skirt linings.  I made three skirts this way: a dark brown corduroy skirt I wore for Me-Made-May, a long grey wool skirt also worn for Me-Made-May and a red corduroy Clothkits skirt. I thought a cotton lining would make the skirts warmer…

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3 Things I Learned From Me-Made-May

Me-Made-May is over and I enjoyed it!  My challenge was to “endeavour to wear at least one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2017 AND to wear my clothes with imagination and thoughtfulness and get out of the rut of wearing the same few things all the time.” Did I achieve this? …

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 4: The final week

My first ever Me-Made-May is almost over and here’s my final clothing capsule.  It’s a mixture of favourites and barely worn me-mades. Can you guess the favourites?  They are the cord trousers and the floral shirt. I like the navy pinspot shirt but don’t wear it often because it doesn’t go with many things (good…

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 3

Three weeks finished and only one left!  This week I wore some things that hadn’t seen the light of day in a decade.  I also had a couple of Pajama Days this week (but wore me-made pajamas and dressing gown). Here’s this week’s capsule:   Cheers!

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 2: Getting into it

It’s now half way through May and suddenly I feel like I’m only a fraction of the way through my potential outfits!  It’s the opposite feeling to having nothing to wear. Read about the first week of Me-Made-May here. This week’s clothing capsule:       Cheers!    

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