Posts by lizhaywood

2016 The Year That Was

Welcome to my first post for 2016.  2016 seems a long way off now, but I’m still writing “16” and crossing it out for “17”. Each year I keep a record of the things I sew.  Do you do this?  Maybe a private Instagram or Pinterest account, a blog, photos tucked away in a folder…

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Last post for 2016

Hi All!  The school holidays start today and this blog will be on holidays too until January.  Thank you for reading my blog and keeping me encouraged! Why not subscribe and get a notification of each new post, including the first one for 2017.  I post weekly on Mondays (but sometimes Sundays, or occasionally Tuesdays).…

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A Christmas Day dress

Ladies, Do you like to whip up a new outfit especially for the Festive Season?  How nice it is on Christmas Day to slip into a new dress you’ve made yourself, ready to greet the visitors, drink in hand! I don’t make a new outfit every year, and some years my choice has been thwarted…

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The Chosen Beard

Well, our country town’s Christmas pageant is over for another year.  I played the part of a shepherd in the Nativity float, along with other shepherds, several real sheep and goats (easy to come by around here), three wise men, angels, people in tinsel carrying banners, and of course Mary, Joseph and Jesus.    …

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Our knitted beard collection

Our Australian country town has a penchant for dress-ups.  Are other country towns like this?  Since moving here, I’ve lost count of the number of dress-up theme days, fancy dress birthday parties, parades, concerts, plays and other activities requiring dress-ups.  Not that I’m complaining! In our dress-ups box we have some knitted beards from the…

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Vintage buttonholes

Are you a person who likes sewing buttonholes?  If you do, I bet you have a machine that makes Really Great ones.  If your machine makes so-so buttonholes or you’ve had problems with it, it’s hard to get enthusiastic. My “everyday” sewing machine is a 1964 Singer that doesn’t make buttonholes.  Instead, I select different…

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Celebrating corduroy

Do you love wearing corduroy? I do. It’s a feel-good fabric that oozes comfort, warmth, and happy 1970’s nostalgia. This Friday the 11th is National Corduroy Appreciation Day, as proclaimed by the (currently in recess) National Corduroy Appreciation Club.  The date, 11/11, is the number that most resembles corduroy. Yes, I know what you’re thinking,…

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Resewn: Shape Shape’s Reversible circle vest

Shape Shape’s Reversible circle vest left me disappointed last week, but even though I was still undecided whether it’s “me” or not, I just had to have another go at it. I really do like the concept of this pattern -a reversible collared vest made from a circle.  So simple to sew and wear. I…

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Shape Shape: Reversible circle vest

The Reversible circle vest from Shape Shape by Natsuno Hiraiwa (2007 Interweave) is an unusual pattern but easy and fast to make; I cut and sewed mine in an evening. It features on the front cover of Shape Shape.               Am I happy with it?  Well, I was kind…

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