Archive for August 2018

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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My publishing story

My publishing story

Next month it’s one year since The Dressmaker’s Companion was published and I thought I’d share with you my publishing story.  It’s a bit long, so settle in…   The patternmaking years You may know that I trained as a clothing patternmaker, back in 1990-91.  I was fortunate to find something I loved doing early…

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