The Aquascutum Suit, Part 2

The Aquascutum suit jacket

Remember the Aquascutum suit I found in a op shop?  Read about my bargain purchase here. The trousers fitted perfectly and I had plans to remodel the jacket.  I got as far as unpicking the sleeves and pinning in the body (and was reminded how hard it is to fit oneself). Then we had a…

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Book review: Makery books

Book review Makery books

Makery (2013) and Makery Sewing (2015) by Kate Smith are entry-level sewing project books designed to inspire creating. I actually bought these books from our post office.  I didn’t get a good opportunity to flip through them in the shop, but the beautiful photography and covers attracted me enough to buy them.  The books are…

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How to make zero-waste leggings

Zero waste leggings

Last week’s zero waste leggings are finished and I can happily report success!  In fact, I am very pleased with them. If you feel in the mood to sew something different, you might like to make yourself a pair.  Here’s the draft:     Fabric: The leggings require a stretch fabric that stretches in both…

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The challenge of zero-waste leggings

Zero waste leggings

Is it possible to design leggings that waste no fabric?  I have been turning this idea over in my head for some time; I do love a patternmaking challenge.  Read more about zero waste fashion here. Basic leggings typically only have one pattern piece, which makes zero waste impossible since the piece isn’t square.  The…

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Blog!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Blog!

It’s my blog’s birthday!  I thank you all for reading and commenting, and many thanks for trying out my patterns and drafts. I’ve been feeding this blog weekly for the past two years, usually on Mondays but sometimes it’s Tuesdays and occasionally Sundays.  I enjoy it; it’s like writing a little magazine article every week.…

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An embroidered interlude

An embroidered interlude

A small embroidery book has captivated me. I borrowed Yumiko Higuchi’s Zakka Embroidery from the library during the school holidays.  It’s a charming little book with simple, mainly botanic, Japanese/Scandinavian style designs.  The book also has a French nostalgic feel about it, too, from the red haired young girl in the photos.     While…

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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 Aquascutum suit

The Aquascutum suit

  Have you seen this before?  It’s WW2 make-do and mend advice for women.  The idea is, while your man is away raiding the enemy, you raid his wardrobe and cut up his suit (so the poor man doesn’t have a suit when he returns).  For best results, match a large husband with a petite…

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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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