On going digital

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I wondered that two years ago when I decided to learn computerized patternmaking. In 1990-91 when I did my patternmaking training, patternmaking software was rare and expensive (it’s still expensive).  I learnt to make patterns Old School, and since I never worked anywhere that used computers, I…

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My sewing bucket list

My sewing bucket list bucket

Do you have a sewing bucket list? There are a lot of things on my sewing list I’ve ticked off over the years, and yet there are still projects that pique my interest. Here they are: (listed in no special order and with no special time-frame for completion!)   A new ultimate trousers pattern.  The…

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Me-Made-May 18: Mid-May Musings

MMM18 Day 11

We are now about halfway through Me-Made-May and I’m feeling more relaxed about it than last year (the first time I did it). I’ve given an airing to some little-worn garments and put together some new outfits.  Weather-wise, the season finally broke at the beginning of May, bringing an opportunity to get out the warm…

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Blast from the Past: 1989 Prom night

Blast from the Past: 1989 Prom night

The 1960’s dress I wore to my Year 12 Formal/Prom night is on display in a clothes exhibition for History Month.  We went to the opening on the weekend.   The blurb reads: “Sewing book author Liz Haywood wore this 1960’s dress to her year 12 formal in 1989, amist a sea of 80’s hair…

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A New Look for The Book

A New Look for The Book seals on front cover

As of today, The Dressmaker’s Companion has a new look! The cover now displays the seals from the Benjamin Franklin Awards, with an addition to the back blurb as well.   There are a couple of changes inside the book too, which will make the book (hopefully) easier to read and use. The Dressmaker’s Companion…

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The Secret Science of Invisible Mending

A wedding at Easter caused me to dig out a little brown suit I hadn’t worn in eleven years.  I last wore it to my brother’s wedding in 2007. I was dismayed to discover, part way there in the car, a moth hole in the sleeve.  Aaaargh!  I tried not to let it distract me…

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A New Challenge for Me-Made-May

Me Made May 2018

“I, Liz Haywood of www.lizhaywood.com.au and @lizhaywood3754, sign up as a participant in Me-Made-May ’18. I endeavour to wear a me-made top and bottom or dress everyday for the month of May. I will try to wear me-made clothes I don’t wear very often. I will also begin a quest for a great trousers pattern,…

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The Dressmaker’s Companion wins gold and silver!

The Dressmaker's Companion wins Benjamin Franklin award

While our athletes have been winning gold and silver at the Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast, The Dressmaker’s Companion has been on the podium in Texas, USA, at the 30th Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. The Dressmaker’s Companion won a gold medal for Best Craft/Hobby/How-to book, and a silver medal for Best Cover (large format). …

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The Aquascutum Suit, Part 2 1/2

The Aquascutum Suit

You can probably tell from the title of this post that I’m not finished with this suit yet.  I’m still not satisfied with the sleeves, however I think I’m nearly there. (Read about how I acquired this suit here, and what I did last week here). An Instagram friend asked me if there was a…

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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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