Sewing

Overlocking: A perfect beginning and end

Overlocking A perfect beginning and end

A question that sometimes comes up during sewing classes is How do I secure the beginnings and ends of overlocking? There are a few answers depending on the situation…   If the overlocking will eventually have another row of stitching or overlocking over each end (probable examples are side seams, shoulder seams and in fact,…

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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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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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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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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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3 beaut cushion sewing tips

This week I’d like to share some cushion sewing tips.  We had a cushion maker from an interiors shop in our sewing class once and she gave us some pointers on cushion sewing. I thought of her during the recent school holidays, as I finished a set of three cushions I’ve been making for the…

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Behold! The Dexter!

Behold The Dexter

Some men like to buy their wives diamond necklaces, 60 foot luxury yachts or small islands in the Carribean as tokens of their love. Mine likes to give me obscure sewing ephemera – far more interesting than necklaces etc. And so my latest gift is The Dexter.  Intrigued?  The Dexter is a hand-held sewing machine…

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The Haywoods do Fancy Dress

It’s the final week of school holidays and there’s been plenty of sewing going on here (not much else to do in the middle of a heat wave). Our family attended a fancy dress birthday on Saturday, with the theme of L, E or B (being the initials of the birthday girl).  Unfortunately the 38…

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