The Dressmaker’s Companion

Creating a book cover

The cover of The Dressmaker’s Companion has received many favourable comments, and you might be interested to read about how it was created. Because The Dressmaker’s Companion is a self published book, the cover was my responsibility.  All the advice I read on book cover design exhorted Don’t do your own cover!  This is great…

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The book has launched

Last night was the official book launch of The Dressmaker’s Companion; I’ve held off this week’s blog post so I can tell you about it. Seventy of us packed into the Barbara J Long room at Clare’s town hall.  It was a cold, wet, wild night outside but indoors it was cosy with wine, cheese…

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Counting down the days…

It’s only 4 days until The Dressmaker’s Companion is unleashed on the world, and one week until the book launch at Clare Library. I’ve been busy writing a speech and digging around in the shed for photos to make a power point presentation.  I discovered that from a twenty year career, I have less than…

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What to wear to an author talk when you’re the author

Our wonderful library has booked me in for my very first author talk on Tuesday 5th September. As most of us do when planning an important occasion, I thought: I wonder what I’ll wear?  Should I make something new or wear something I already have? I’ve come up with these criteria: Bright colour to stand…

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Introducing The Dressmaker’s Companion

Dear Friends, I’m so excited I hardly know how to write this post. I’ve just finished writing a sewing book which I hope will be tremendously useful, outstandingly successful and a great blessing to anyone who sews clothes. The Dressmaker’s Companion is… “A comprehensive sewing reference you’ll refer to again and again for reliable, practical…

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