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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Finished my MMM18 trousers

As May slipped into June and now into July, my Me-Made-May 18 trousers pledge remained unforgotten yet unfinished….until now. Yes, I’m pleased to show you my new red trousers.  I’m really happy with them, best thing I’ve made in ages. Haven’t worn a waist this high in a decade or two, but they’re very comfortable.…

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Yar! Me book’s been pirated!

Yar Me book's been pirated

A spot of late-night Googling this week revealed that Unscrupulous Persons are offering my book (or parts of it “for review”) as an ebook or downloadable PDF.  Went to bed feeling a bit sick about it. This probably happens to lots of authors, and some people are okay about it, saying It gets my book…

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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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Knitting in Public

Knitting in Public

Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public Day, the largest knitter-run event in the world.                     Confession: I spent too much time chatting and didn’t actually do any knitting.  Maybe next year?   Cheers!    

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Me-Made-May 18 Wrapup

Me-Made-May is now over!  Mid-May musings can be read here and this is the final analysis. I can say I enjoyed it, especially the “Gee, you look smart” comments, to which I replied “Thank you. I’m doing Me-Made-May”. The month of me-mades can be seen on Instagram here. Here are some highlights:      …

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