Pattern recommendation: fabric boxes

Pattern recommendation Stitched Sewing Organizers fabric box

Stitched Sewing Organizers is everything a craft book should be: beautiful, thoughtfully designed projects, gorgeous photography and easy-to-understand instructions. I wanted to make everything in it, whether I needed it or not. The book is a collection of things to make to hold sewing supplies, either for at home or traveling. On the weekend I…

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Hello! New taupe corduroy trousers

Hello New taupe corduroy trousers closeup of front 2

The departure of my old much-worn taupe corduroy trousers has left a void (see obituary here). Too many smart-casual country looks are going unworn since they retired…it seems that taupe corduroy trousers are needed in my wardrobe. Meanwhile, dormant in my stash, waiting for its moment to shine, was this stretch taupe babycord with a…

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Knitting love at WWKIPDay

WWKIPDay 19

Yesterday was World-Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIPDay), the biggest knitter-run event in the world. Many thanks to Knit-Spin-Weave for hosting a wonderful WWKIPDay. We are so lucky to have you here. Cheers! Have you attended a knitting event? Did you knit at WWKIPDay this year?

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Makin’ it Magic: the Japanese backpack

Makin it Magic The Japanese backpack

Some time ago, my mum went on a holiday to Japan and brought me back a backpack kit. It consists of a pre-printed panel and a single sheet of instructions. The instructions are in Japanese but, as is the case with Japanese pattern books, the illustrations are so clear and thoughtfully drawn that a person…

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Me-Made-May 2019 musings

Me Made May 2019 musings

As Me-Made-May draws to a close, it’s time for reflection, review and possibly some wardrobe analysis/recommendations. This Me-Made-May is my third and I was a little more relaxed. “The Daily Photo” of my outfits is on display here on Instagram. Mainly, I haven’t been so hung up on not wearing the same clothes several times…

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Goodbye, taupe corduroy trousers

Goodbye taupe corduroy trousers

Dear taupe corduroy trousers, I never wanted to hurt your feelings, but this is goodbye. When I wore you in Me-Made-May with that raspberry cotton cardigan, it was for the last time. You have great pockets and a classic leg cut, and we got plenty of compliments together from other corduroy lovers. Your versatile colour…

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Kay Inverarity’s costume exhibition

Kay Invararitys costume exhibition

Royalty and Others is an historic costume exhibition on at Auburn, in South Australia’s Clare Valley. We just got home from visiting it. It’s a charming exhibition. There are about 17 costumes, all with a medieval or Victoriana theme, and all except one were made by Kay for various events. As well as the costumes…

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I’m doing Me-Made-May 2019

Me Made May 2019 logo

Hi Everyone, it’s six days into Me-Made-May 2019. Here’s my pledge: “I endeavour to wear at least two me-made items each day (a top and a bottom) during May. As well, I will make one new garment, alter one so I’ll wear it more often, and finish a UFO.” To tell you the truth, I’m…

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It was 20 years ago today

It was 20 years ago today wedding dress

This week was our wedding anniversary and I got out my dress to try on. It last got an airing two years ago in this blog post. I can still get the zip up but the dress is uncomfortably tight. The days of trying this dress on are numbered: I got stuck both getting it…

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Book recommendation: Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man – From Auschwitz survivor to presidents’ tailor is the memoir of Martin Greenfield, considered by many to be the best men’s tailor in the United States. I read this book in one day! Martin Greenfield grew up in a Czechoslovakian village by the Carpathian mountains. When he was 15, he and…

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