Posts by lizhaywood

Questions people ask at book talks

Questions people ask at book talks

This month The Dressmaker’s Companion turns one.  While I’m no veteran of book talks, I’ve done a few since then, always with an opportunity for questions at the end.  Sometimes no-one asks any and sometimes people ask questions during the talk (especially if the group is small). Read more about my publishing story here. Here’s…

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That old dressmakers model Part 3: Got it covered

That old dressmakers model Part 3 Got it Covered

It’s now the final week of my dressmakers model makeover: the cover.  This turned out to be harder than I thought. (For the background on my dressmakers model, read part 1 and part 2.)                   Cheers! PS, Adelaide readers, it’s not too late to book for this…

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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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Free pattern: headscarf

Are you… doing chemo? renovating? having a bad hair day? required to cover your hair at work? a lover of 1970’s gear? Then you might enjoy this headscarf pattern which I made after seeing a 1970’s one.  It’s a scarf with the addition of a circle at the back to keep your hair in.  I’ve…

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A conservative skirt

This week I just finished making myself a lined wool pencil skirt, a project so conservative and ordinary I wondered if I should blog about it. It took two evenings to sew, after I’d cut it out, and I wore it yesterday for the first time.  It worked out really well and was very comfortable.…

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5 books that influenced The Dressmaker’s Companion

5 books that influenced The Dressmakers Companion

Hello!  This week I’m sharing five books that influenced my own, The Dressmaker’s Companion.  Maybe you have read or own them too.   The Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing Do you have this book on your shelf?  We had a copy in our family.  Mum must have bought it fairly close to when it…

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The other trousers

Following on from last week’s post of the Me-Made-May18 trousers, I’ve finished the second pair and finally fulfilled my pledge. These are a different draft to last week’s close fitting trousers (Aldrich’s basic trouser draft, if you follow these things).   These are wide legged trousers with a high waistline, patch pockets and a button…

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