Book review: Bias Cut Blueprints

Looking for a new adventure in sewing?  You might enjoy Bias Cut Blueprints. This book contains a method for making different garments of any size cut on the bias.  You create a bias cut tube following the book’s directions, and transform it into a dress, top or skirt.  The book explains many neckline, sleeve and…

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The Craft of Clothes Turns One!

This month is my blog’s first birthday.  Many thanks if you read regularly or you’ve subscribed.  I hope you’ve found it to be interesting.  Over the past year I’ve blogged weekly (usually on a Monday), and enjoy thinking of things to write about during the week.  It’s a bit like having a personal magazine. By…

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Like or Loathe it: stay stitching

This is a true confession: I never do stay stitching. Just to clarify, if you’re not familiar with the term, stay stitching is a row of machine stitches (long or regular in length) made to the edge of a garment to stop it from stretching during construction.  It’s often the first step in sewing a…

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Free Pattern: Pussycat Bow

The pussycat bow blouse.  Margaret Thatcher wore them.  So did my high school maths teacher, and a million air hostesses.  Mel Trump wore a pink one, and lately Evan Rachel Woods wore a supremely elegant one to the Golden Globe Awards.  It’s certainly a very smart yet feminine way to wear a blouse. The pussycat…

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2016 The Year That Was

Welcome to my first post for 2016.  2016 seems a long way off now, but I’m still writing “16” and crossing it out for “17”. Each year I keep a record of the things I sew.  Do you do this?  Maybe a private Instagram or Pinterest account, a blog, photos tucked away in a folder…

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Last post for 2016

Hi All!  The school holidays start today and this blog will be on holidays too until January.  Thank you for reading my blog and keeping me encouraged! Why not subscribe and get a notification of each new post, including the first one for 2017.  I post weekly on Mondays (but sometimes Sundays, or occasionally Tuesdays).…

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A Christmas Day dress

Ladies, Do you like to whip up a new outfit especially for the Festive Season?  How nice it is on Christmas Day to slip into a new dress you’ve made yourself, ready to greet the visitors, drink in hand! I don’t make a new outfit every year, and some years my choice has been thwarted…

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The Chosen Beard

Well, our country town’s Christmas pageant is over for another year.  I played the part of a shepherd in the Nativity float, along with other shepherds, several real sheep and goats (easy to come by around here), three wise men, angels, people in tinsel carrying banners, and of course Mary, Joseph and Jesus.    …

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Our knitted beard collection

Our Australian country town has a penchant for dress-ups.  Are other country towns like this?  Since moving here, I’ve lost count of the number of dress-up theme days, fancy dress birthday parties, parades, concerts, plays and other activities requiring dress-ups.  Not that I’m complaining! In our dress-ups box we have some knitted beards from the…

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