The Jeans Recycling Challenge the final analysis

The Challenge: Transform a torn pair of jeans into something useful, re-using every part of the jeans.         The jeans recycling challenge is now finished.  I just couldn’t find a use for the final scraps; they were too scrappy.  They didn’t end up in the bin -I added them to a cushion…

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The Jeans Recycling Challenge the last leg

The Jeans Recycling Challenge: Transform a torn pair of jeans into something useful, re-using every part of the jeans. The story so far…                           I haven’t quite finished the jeans recycling challenge yet.  I still have the slippers to sew, and some small…

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The Jeans Recycling Challenge

The Challenge: Transform a torn pair of jeans into something useful, re-using every part of the jeans. These jeans belonged to my sister and were worn during The Maternity Years.     What I have been wanting to make for a while is a jeans handbag, after a friend visited with one she’d made.  There…

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Yarn magazine issue 43: Getting closure

Yarn magazine issue 43 came out this week featuring my very last article, aptly named Get some Closure.  It’s been almost six years since I began writing articles for Yarn, and ten years since they published my first project.  There are no terrible reasons why I’ve decided to stop being a contributor; I’ve simply just…

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Book review Zero Waste Fashion

The book Zero Waste Fashion by Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan (Bloomsbury 2016) has arrived and I’m keen to share my thoughts on it with you.  I ordered it last month when I wrote Considering zero waste fashion, which has become my second highest visited post. There are many things I liked about this book,…

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Sewing mythbusters: twisting thread

I’ve just tested a theory I heard of a long time ago and always wondered about.  The theory is: When handsewing, does thread threaded from a spool twist more than if it were threaded from a bobbin?  In other words, does it matter which end is knotted?  Have you ever tried this to see?  I…

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2 Good Reads

Lately I’ve been on a reading diet of fashion industry books, and just finished two really interesting ones.   The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter by Linda Grant (Scribner, 2010) is a great book for reading in the bath while eating chocolate!  It’s a book about…

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Free pattern: children’s shorts

Hi All, Last week’s pajama pants pattern draft has been tested on my favourite seven-and-a-half year old with great success!  I made her a pair of shorts in a very brightly printed cotton.  The fit is great and she really likes them.     I followed the same draft with three changes: The crotch depth…

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Free pattern: pajama pants (or shorts)

Hello All, today here’s a simple draft for a pair of pajama pants.  They could also be shorts, three-quarter length, or whatever length you like. This pattern is very nearly a zero-waste pattern.  If your hip measurement is 39″ or less and your fabric width is 150cm, then you’ll have almost no waste at all.…

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I went to visit a farm one day

Yesterday my family visited the shearing shed of some friends.  Sheep shearing was in full swing with three shearers, two roustabouts and two wool classers.  Everyone was working very hard but there was a friendly ambience. Sheep shearing is extremely hard work, and is said to be the same as running two marathons -one in…

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