Making Fibr & Cloth’s ZW Iris blouse

It’s rare that I sew something for myself that’s not part of work, but I was a bit taken with Fibr & Cloth Studio’s Iris blouse. I liked the soft tie neck and the long sleeves. Iris is essentially a classic square-cut shirt, with a choice of cuff finishes. There are also instructions for turning…

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Full fibre immersion! at the KSW Fibre Craft retreat

It was a weekend immersion in all things fibre at Knit-Spin-Weave‘s annual fibre craft retreat. Last year I took my oldest daughter to the inaugural one, which you can read about here. Hummocks Station, near Snowtown in South Australia’s mid north, was the venue again; it’s a sheep station that also has accommodation. This time…

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February and March: A Year of Zero Waste Sewing

Back in March I announced a new book project, A Year of Zero Waste Sewing, to be published in installments as a zine. The first one is complimentary – read about this project and download your free copy here. I’ve now finished the next two, which are in my shop for $AU5each (+ tax). Here’s…

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A zero waste Me-Made-May

MMM 2022

It’s May already and this year I’m participating in Me-Made-May again. The idea is to challenge yourself to wear your me-made clothes during the month of May. Here’s an excellent rundown of what Me-Made-May is, what it isn’t, who it’s for and how to take part. Me-Made-May, begun by Zoe Edwards, is now in its…

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Celebrating 23 years!

It’s that time of the year again, where champagne is chilled, heartfelt love notes are written and the wedding gown is given an airing. Yes, it’s wedding anniversary time. Here we were on the big day… My wedding dress, me-made 23 years ago, has been getting alarmingly smaller over the past several years. I’d like…

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The serial fashion exhibition goer

In an area where fashion exhibitions are few and far between, I’ve been to TWO in the past week (not counting Allan Aughey last week). How lucky am I! I went to both of them with Mum, who also sews, so it was extra nice. Here are some of the highlights of both. If you…

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The Mayor with Flair: Exhibition

The Mayor with Flair, an exhibition of fabulous outfits worn by former mayor Allan Aughey OAM, is on display at the Clare Art House. I went to the opening on Friday night and went back the next day to take photos. Allan was mayor here in the Clare & Gilbert Valleys, South Australia, for 12…

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5 Ways to Wear Culottes

The zero waste culottes have been working their way into my wardrobe, very easily in fact. They seem to go with everything. Want to make a pair? The culottes pattern is still 25% off in my shop until mid-April. Here are some ways to wear them… 1. T-shirt, bicycle and waist bag THE traditional activity…

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Compostable Clothes

Last week I unleashed the first part of A Year of Zero Waste Sewing, which you can download for free in this blog post. In it, I talked about fastenings for clothes which are compostable. I found the whole subject so fascinating and discovered lots more than could ever be fitted into a small booklet,…

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New book: A Year of Zero Waste Sewing

Hi All, This year I started writing a new book, which (at the moment) is titled A Year of Zero Waste Sewing – A year of exploration, making and musings on zero waste patterns and clothes. I’m hoping the title will bring me higher up in alphabetical book listings! Here’s the plan: I’m going to…

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