Sewing

3 Great pincushion ideas

Are you a pincushion user?  Or do you use a pin tin?  I was a pin tin user for many years, until one day I made myself a pincushion and never looked back! Lately I’ve been experimenting with some different types of pincushions.   Large pincushion This pincushion is like a mini house brick.  I…

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Beautiful trims from old neckties

Do you have unworn neckties at your house?  Too ugly or unfashionable to wear, fallen down at the back of the wardrobe? If you’re ever in need of a small amount of bias-cut fabric for binding, piping or trim, an old necktie could be the answer.  Even an ugly necktie can make a beautiful trim.…

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How to sew an invisible zip (finally!)

Several people have asked me for a post on how to sew an invisible zip (although this might come too late for them), so here it is. Firstly, some notes: An invisible zip can be almost one of the last things sewn on a garment.  Sew the zip in before you sew the rest of…

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Time Capsule from the 1960’s

Recently I was given a gift of two bags and box containing fabric from a friend of our family, Will.  The fabric had belonged to four women: Will’s mum, her two sisters and their mum. The fabric had been sitting in a caravan for years, untouched by mice or moths, and Will’s mum was having…

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My ex-favourite skirt just became favourite again

Some time ago I went through a phase of using cotton fabric for skirt linings.  I made three skirts this way: a dark brown corduroy skirt I wore for Me-Made-May, a long grey wool skirt also worn for Me-Made-May and a red corduroy Clothkits skirt. I thought a cotton lining would make the skirts warmer…

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The Disappointing Trousers

This week I tried out a zero waste trouser draft I came across on Pinterest.  Actually, it wasn’t a draft – more like a sketch of an idea.  (This isn’t the picture I had but it’s very similar.) The problem was, I didn’t realise that these trousers are intended to be baggy.  Really baggy.  They…

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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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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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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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