Posts by lizhaywood

Yar! Me book’s been pirated!

Yar Me book's been pirated

A spot of late-night Googling this week revealed that Unscrupulous Persons are offering my book (or parts of it “for review”) as an ebook or downloadable PDF.  Went to bed feeling a bit sick about it. This probably happens to lots of authors, and some people are okay about it, saying It gets my book…

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Goodbye Handbag

Goodbye Handbag old handbag

There have been some moments in the past few years where I’ve thought Why am I carrying this large handbag? I never thought of myself as a handbag person but I’ve been carrying one around for nearly a decade.  It started innocently enough: I had a baby and carried around a baby change bag.  Then…

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Knitting in Public

Knitting in Public

Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public Day, the largest knitter-run event in the world.                     Confession: I spent too much time chatting and didn’t actually do any knitting.  Maybe next year?   Cheers!    

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Me-Made-May 18 Wrapup

Me-Made-May is now over!  Mid-May musings can be read here and this is the final analysis. I can say I enjoyed it, especially the “Gee, you look smart” comments, to which I replied “Thank you. I’m doing Me-Made-May”. The month of me-mades can be seen on Instagram here. Here are some highlights:      …

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On going digital

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I wondered that two years ago when I decided to learn computerized patternmaking. In 1990-91 when I did my patternmaking training, patternmaking software was rare and expensive (it’s still expensive).  I learnt to make patterns Old School, and since I never worked anywhere that used computers, I…

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My sewing bucket list

My sewing bucket list bucket

Do you have a sewing bucket list? There are a lot of things on my sewing list I’ve ticked off over the years, and yet there are still projects that pique my interest. Here they are: (listed in no special order and with no special time-frame for completion!)   A new ultimate trousers pattern.  The…

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Me-Made-May 18: Mid-May Musings

MMM18 Day 11

We are now about halfway through Me-Made-May and I’m feeling more relaxed about it than last year (the first time I did it). I’ve given an airing to some little-worn garments and put together some new outfits.  Weather-wise, the season finally broke at the beginning of May, bringing an opportunity to get out the warm…

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Blast from the Past: 1989 Prom night

Blast from the Past: 1989 Prom night

The 1960’s dress I wore to my Year 12 Formal/Prom night is on display in a clothes exhibition for History Month.  We went to the opening on the weekend.   The blurb reads: “Sewing book author Liz Haywood wore this 1960’s dress to her year 12 formal in 1989, amist a sea of 80’s hair…

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A New Look for The Book

A New Look for The Book seals on front cover

As of today, The Dressmaker’s Companion has a new look! The cover now displays the seals from the Benjamin Franklin Awards, with an addition to the back blurb as well.   There are a couple of changes inside the book too, which will make the book (hopefully) easier to read and use. The Dressmaker’s Companion…

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The Secret Science of Invisible Mending

A wedding at Easter caused me to dig out a little brown suit I hadn’t worn in eleven years.  I last wore it to my brother’s wedding in 2007. I was dismayed to discover, part way there in the car, a moth hole in the sleeve.  Aaaargh!  I tried not to let it distract me…

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