Liz Haywood pictured with sewing machine

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post.  I hope to share, inform and entertain on all things dressmaker-y, knitting and fashion.

About me:  I trained as a clothing patternmaker and worked in the fashion industry for twenty years, mainly ladies wear.  I was so fortunate to work at many interesting places with talented, inspiring people.  Now I live in the country with my young family, re-discovering sewing for pleasure.



What happens when children discover a camera on timer…..

small girl standing by machine 1









small girl standing in front of sewing machine









small girl standing to one side of sewing machine





  1. Stu on February 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Ah! Congratulations on your first blog post! Lovely photos of the kids too!

  2. Jill S on February 24, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Well done Liz on your first ever blog post and great pics! I’m looking forward to hearing more of your passion for creativity with clothes.

    • lizhaywood on February 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Jill and Stu. My first comments!

  3. Juliet on March 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I was just talking about you today (to a friend who knits.) This is an exciting thing! I don’t know a lot about blogs….. Is there a way I will know when you put up a new thing?

    • lizhaywood on March 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Hi Juliet,
      Sorry I don’t know how yet, but I’ll find out.

  4. Charlie F on March 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Nice work so far Liz I’ll be checking in regularly!

  5. Miho on March 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations Liz! Hahaha nice photos 🙂

    • lizhaywood on March 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Miho, I am sure your children would do the same thing!

  6. lizhaywood on March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Thanks Charlie, that means a lot to me.

  7. Sarah on March 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Hi Liz! I’m looking forward to plenty of sewing advice and inspiration. Perhaps you could do a post about sewing a zip neatly into a skirt. It’s something I have never mastered. The blog is looking good. Love, S.

    • lizhaywood on March 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      Ahh, zips…..don’t we all long for a perfect zip every time! I’ll give it some thought.
      Cheers, Liz

  8. Coralie on March 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations Liz, very interesting.

    • Coralie on March 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Lovely pikkies of girls.

      • lizhaywood on March 4, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Hi Coralie,
        Thanks for your comments,

  9. Lilian Hague on March 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    The skirt turned out excellent – love the dip and drape of it and also the pocket was a real stroke of genius. Looks great with the long boots.

    • lizhaywood on March 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thank, Lilian,
      Yes, it’s a clever pattern and I’m looking forward to wearing it.

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