Posts by lizhaywood

An Inspiring Day

I’ve just returned from The Australian Sewing Guild’s (South Australian) Inspiration Day.  It sure was inspiring! I was the first speaker of four (which worked out well for me, because then I could relax and enjoy the rest of the day), and for my talk I was interviewed by Anthea Martin.  She asked me about…

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Creating a book cover

The cover of The Dressmaker’s Companion has received many favourable comments, and you might be interested to read about how it was created. Because The Dressmaker’s Companion is a self published book, the cover was my responsibility.  All the advice I read on book cover design exhorted Don’t do your own cover!  This is great…

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3 Great pincushion ideas

Are you a pincushion user?  Or do you use a pin tin?  I was a pin tin user for many years, until one day I made myself a pincushion and never looked back! Lately I’ve been experimenting with some different types of pincushions.   Large pincushion This pincushion is like a mini house brick.  I…

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The book has launched

Last night was the official book launch of The Dressmaker’s Companion; I’ve held off this week’s blog post so I can tell you about it. Seventy of us packed into the Barbara J Long room at Clare’s town hall.  It was a cold, wet, wild night outside but indoors it was cosy with wine, cheese…

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Counting down the days…

It’s only 4 days until The Dressmaker’s Companion is unleashed on the world, and one week until the book launch at Clare Library. I’ve been busy writing a speech and digging around in the shed for photos to make a power point presentation.  I discovered that from a twenty year career, I have less than…

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The Mayor with Flair: An interview with Allan Aughey OAM

Mayor Allan Aughey is known for his colourful and interesting clothes as much as his passion for regional development. He has been mayor of Clare and Gilbert Valley since 2006 and previously was deputy mayor of the Pt Pirie Regional Council.  In 2015 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to local government…

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Breaking News! Liz does facebook at last!

Yes, it’s all true. I’ll admit I’m a slow mover when it comes to new ideas and technology.  Here are just a few examples… We still own a VCR (with tapes), typewriter, walkman and Dymo machine. No mobile phone (although to be fair, we live in an area that doesn’t have coverage). I must have…

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Beautiful trims from old neckties

Do you have unworn neckties at your house?  Too ugly or unfashionable to wear, fallen down at the back of the wardrobe? If you’re ever in need of a small amount of bias-cut fabric for binding, piping or trim, an old necktie could be the answer.  Even an ugly necktie can make a beautiful trim.…

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What to wear to an author talk when you’re the author

Our wonderful library has booked me in for my very first author talk on Tuesday 5th September. As most of us do when planning an important occasion, I thought: I wonder what I’ll wear?  Should I make something new or wear something I already have? I’ve come up with these criteria: Bright colour to stand…

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How to sew an invisible zip (finally!)

Several people have asked me for a post on how to sew an invisible zip (although this might come too late for them), so here it is. Firstly, some notes: An invisible zip can be almost one of the last things sewn on a garment.  Sew the zip in before you sew the rest of…

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