I sometimes wonder if I know myself at all. There’s a rhythm to my sewing productivity and I’m astounded that I have, until now, been so blissfully unaware of this that at the beginning of the year I made a pledge that involved a monthly sewing target. A monthly sewing target! I’m putting in a… Continue reading annual rhythms – sewing, not in circles, but in cycles
Yep. Truly delighted cackles. Delighted cackles emitted, by me, on pulling this: from its hanger. Yes, it’s so bright it’s attracted a fly. Yes, it’s too bright for work. Yes, the ancient cotton will tire quicker than a toddler on a trampoline. However. Whatever. Aloha autumn! This dress is the colour of the nectarine that… Continue reading Delighted cackles
Felicitations fellow fabric fans. How are things with you today? Things are tickety-boo in our tiny township, the sky has been blue and the step count has been high. Good news because I’m part of a Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) team and step counts count. Go Library Academicals! Yea-s… and back to the clothes. As I’ve… Continue reading Things from other things
I’m on a quest and I think dear Reader that I will need your assistance. I’m looking for a pattern for the perfect sleeveless shell. I want a pattern that uses maybe a metre or a metre and a half of fabric. A pattern that can be used with my odd-shaped leftovers, my remnants and my… Continue reading In Search of a Sleeveless Shell – Diana Variation
In remnants of red gauzy linen, cream checked cotton and a uneven oblong of flowery vintage something. The pattern I used was the ‘1930s’ Blouse’ from the book that tied-in with second series of the Great British Sewing Bee – ‘The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe’. Don’t have the book? Here is… Continue reading 1930s’ Blouse – Great British Sewing Bee
set by Sew 2 Pro. You see that new button to the side? That’s a Great British Sewing Bee Challenge button. I was wondering if this shirt: Bought in a spirit of Jubliee red, white and blue inspired optimism two whole years ago could be combined with a trio of inspirations, The… Continue reading Taking up the Challenge…
Let us consider the evidence. A prim tablecloth reincarnated as a circle skirt: Kinda cool as she may look above I have mentioned before how she just didn’t work for me. The poor unloved circular creature was consigned to the airing cupboard where she lay crumpled for many a month. There was a brief… Continue reading What a difference a dye makes!
…because I have already cut out another. Family Circle Exclusive Pattern No. 11: she of the bound buttonholes… Mods. I raised the height of the pinafore at the centre back as I wanted to be able to wear it without a little something underneath. I substituted a zip for the button closure. I graded in at… Continue reading I hope that you like it…
Don’t you just love*/hate* it when things that you have painstakingly fashioned for yourself look much better on someone else? No? Yes? Well, when that someone else is the youngest female member of our clan, it’s all good here. No, not that female family member. Although, she does think that fur is for her. Last… Continue reading As well as feathers, my jungle has fur.
I’ve made something a bit twee you see. I could be more detailed with regards the garment construction but basically it’s a circle skirt. I have to put the blame fairly and squarely on the shoulders of Margaret McCrirrick. In her book Better Dressmaking, she blithely tells me that one of the few things that you can… Continue reading Makes me want to nip behind the bike sheds