New Pattern: Zero Waste Culottes

Hi Everyone, I have a new pattern. Introducing zero waste culottes. The pattern is in my Etsy shop now – please enjoy 25% off for the next month. This pattern comes in twenty sizes, to fit a 66cm/26″ waist to a 163cm/64″. The culottes are A-line and have a waistband with a button fly. A…

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Talking about the business of fashion

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do my first live in-person talk in almost exactly 2 years. Usually I feel nervous before talks but this time I was so excited! It was a networking event hosted by Her Business Collective, with a fashion theme. Her Business Collective is a South Australian group which supports women…

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Wedding gowns of yesterday

On the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Something Old, Something New, a wedding dress exhibition at Balaklava, a country town 1.5 hours north of Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a collection of gowns and wedding memorabilia on loan from local families. It was delightful. Here are some highlights…. Cheers!

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The top 6 at 6

This week this blog turns six, which as all maths nerds know is a Perfect Number (the sum of its multiples apart from itself). It’s taken some years to get to the point where I feel comfortable including blogger as part of my “Hi, what do you do?” resume. I’m Liz Haywood, I write a…

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Flying High! – Mastering Fly Fronts

The words fly fronts and intimidating are often used in the same sentence. Yes, fly fronts look complicated. There are lots of ways to sew them, and everyone has their preferred way (or no way, if you’ve never done one). I thought I’d share My Way with you, which I learned when I was a…

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3 places to get design ideas

Sometimes I get asked where I get ideas from. I get great ideas from all sorts of places, but primarily these three… Professional library I’ve been slowly building an at-home professional library for some decades now, and I now that I work at home I find it extremely helpful. Some of the places I’ve worked…

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Holiday macramé

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year – I guess I can just say that before January ends! It’s still school holidays here, although the carefree days are drawing to a close. At the beginning of the holidays, I thought it would be fun to try a few new crafts together, with one of them being macramé.…

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New pattern: Zero Waste Cloth Doll

Hi Everyone, I have a new zero waste pattern. It’s a cloth doll with a wardrobe of zero/low waste clothes. The pattern is in my shop now; please enjoy 25% off for the next month. The pattern pieces for the doll are nested in a zero waste layout which includes a coat and overalls. This…

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Zero Waste Toys

A short post of thoughts on toys… One of the nice things about having children in your life is going to toy shops to choose presents, or making toys at home. Or even showing children the toys from your own childhood that you kept. Some months ago I was challenged to try making a zero…

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Free pattern: water bottle holder

This pattern appeared in my newsletter a few years ago, and the ones we made have been so spectacularly useful that I thought I’d share it as a blog post. I made them with my children, and they’ve taken them on school camps, on walks, to swimming and on their bikes. My children made their…

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