Posts by lizhaywood

I wanna be a cowl girl

Last week’s festive season batik cowl neck dress has been an absolute winner!  I’ve worn it twice already.  Did you like the cowl neck?  It’s a shallow cowl, the sort where you don’t have to press your hand to your chest when bending over to avoid displaying everything. It’s an easy bit of patternmaking if…

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2017 Christmas Dress

That time has swung around again where Christmas plans are underway.  This of course includes thinking about one’s Christmas day outfit.  I didn’t get around to making anything new last year, but thought I might this year. It’s rare that a garment goes perfectly right first go, but that’s what’s happened this week.  I had…

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Ruffler Attachment attachment

This week I have been making some aprons with ruffles around the edges.  I had been putting off the job because of all the gathering, but then a saw a ruffler attachment video on facebook.  Wait a minute!  I own a ruffler!  I’ve never used it, but it’s been sitting in the accessory box all…

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Free Pattern: Make a Hat

Are you a hat person?  Have you ever sewn yourself a hat?  It’s been a while since I did a free pattern on this blog, but here is a hat pattern I hope you’ll like. This hat has an oval crown, with side seams on the crown’s side and brim.  It has a slightly deeper…

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Inspiration: Corduroy Day 2018

My dad was fond of saying If Fashion and I cross paths, it is Fashion’s good fortune.  And that’s what has happened: corduroy, one of my very favourite fabrics, is in fashion this season.  (Well, for you people in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s a bit late for us; we’re already thinking of sundresses and tank…

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A pair of bathing beauties

My children have started swimming lessons again, in an indoor heated pool.  After their lesson they get in the car with their towels, then shower and change at home. I had in mind to make them some sort of toweling dressing gown to wear after their swim.  The sewing brief: long, robe-like, hooded, long sleeves,…

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5 Favourite sewing tips from The Dressmaker’s Companion

The Dressmaker’s Companion is a book absolutely loaded with sewing tips, and these are five of my favourites.  These are five tips that have made a BIG difference to the way I sew; maybe you already do them or maybe you’ll find them useful too.   1. Sew an ease stitch around the sleeve head…

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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…

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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…

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