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…

Read More

Free pattern: Large beach bag

I know, it’s crazy: I don’t live anywhere near a beach and it’s wintertime.  However, a beach bag this size is endlessly useful for things like swimming lessons (in an indoor pool right now), sleepovers, laundromat visits, taking parcels to the post office and taking fabric around to your mum’s.          …

Read More

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…

Read More

3 Things I Learned From Me-Made-May

Me-Made-May is over and I enjoyed it!  My challenge was to “endeavour to wear at least one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2017 AND to wear my clothes with imagination and thoughtfulness and get out of the rut of wearing the same few things all the time.” Did I achieve this? …

Read More

Me-Made-May 2017 week 4: The final week

My first ever Me-Made-May is almost over and here’s my final clothing capsule.  It’s a mixture of favourites and barely worn me-mades. Can you guess the favourites?  They are the cord trousers and the floral shirt. I like the navy pinspot shirt but don’t wear it often because it doesn’t go with many things (good…

Read More

Me-Made-May 2017 week 3

Three weeks finished and only one left!  This week I wore some things that hadn’t seen the light of day in a decade.  I also had a couple of Pajama Days this week (but wore me-made pajamas and dressing gown). Here’s this week’s capsule:   Cheers!

Read More

Me-Made-May 2017 week 2: Getting into it

It’s now half way through May and suddenly I feel like I’m only a fraction of the way through my potential outfits!  It’s the opposite feeling to having nothing to wear. Read about the first week of Me-Made-May here. This week’s clothing capsule:       Cheers!    

Read More

Me-Made-May 2017 week 1

“I, Liz Haywood of www.lizhaywood.com.au sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2017.  I further challenge myself to wear my clothes with imagination and thoughtfulness, and get out of the rut of wearing the same few things all…

Read More

Nailed it! Zero waste trousers with diamond gusset

After the disappointment with my first attempt, I’ve triumphed!  (Visit my previous post so you know what I’m talking about.)  I had another go this week with this trousers idea, making them roomier.  They now have the perfect degree of pajama pant bagginess.     By all means feel free to adjust the amount of…

Read More

My Wedding Dress

It’s my wedding anniversary.  On the weekend I dug out my wedding dress and tried it on.  It still fits but only just. I made this dress.  The fabric is very beautiful; it’s silk with a metallic floral design.  I also made my sister’s dress from a Vogue pattern.         Anniversary Cheers!…

Read More