Sandie shirt with ruffles and zip

This week I’ve got some fun variations of the Sandie shirt to show you. Sandie is a new minimal waste pattern and it’s in my shop now. Please enjoy 25% off during May. But first, remember last week I told you about the real Sandie? Here’s a photo of her when she was young. I…

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Free Pattern Pussycat Bow cream print blouse

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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Zero waste fashion

Last week’s Wearing a square jacket has caused me to think about the concept of sustainable and zero waste fashion. I’m reading A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion by Alison Gwilt (library), and Shaping Sustainable Fashion edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen (lent by my fashion designer friend  Chiggy Schiller).  I’ve just ordered Zero…

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My father's shirt sketch and swatch

During my 1970’s childhood, my Dad had a body shirt in an orangey/yellowy/ browny floral Liberty print.  It was originally a special shirt but became a gardening shirt at the end of its life. It had worn out by the time I was a teenager, and Mum gave it to me and I unpicked it. …

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