Posts by lizhaywood

Show and Sew

I know you’ll agree with me that when one visits a country (or city) show, a long look at the handicrafts section is always important.  Preferably an unhurried look with a friend who sews. Our country show is a one-day event, which we went to yesterday.  I had vowed to enter an exhibit this year…

Read More

A skirt that goes with everything

A Skirt That Goes With Everything -well, that was the dream.  Time will reveal the reality! I’ve been turning this idea over in my head for a while now, examining capsule wardrobes in Pinterest, considering the perfect fabric, reading blog posts on colour analysis in one’s wardrobe, etc etc. I’m aware of the problems of…

Read More

THAT blue dress: Vogue 2787

Regular readers of this blog may remember the blue dress, Vogue 2787, I started making as a possible “author talk outfit”.  Read about when I started it here. The fabric was 50 year old cotton and came from a collection given to me.     I did finish the dress but I never wore it…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More