Tag Archive: sewing and knitting

Dragonfly Fabrics Giveaway Winner

Just a bit of housekeeping this sleepy Sunday morning. The Random Number Generator picked the 72nd person (out of a massive 475 – thank you!) to sign up to my newsletter – and that’s Emma Martindale. Emma wins 2.5 metres … Continue reading

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What To Expect From The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court

The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court opened today and I popped along. Here are my Top Five Things To Expect. To bump into friends. Even better, arrange to meet them at the prosecco tent. 2. To join a queue at … Continue reading

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A Fabric Buyer’s Guide To Walthamstow Market

Feeling the fabric – when markets trump interwebs I first wrote a guide to Walthamstow market years ago, and it felt time to update it. Did you know? Walthamstow market is Europe’s longest market. It’s open every day, other than … Continue reading

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A Simple Guide To Tailoring A Coat

We need to talk about the innards of this beast. How do you sew a coat or jacket and avoid failure? Start with the details. This coat pattern has 76 – count ’em – steps. Ignore the running order of … Continue reading

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The Cocktail Hour Sewalong – V1537

How long does it take to sew a coat from scratch? Three weeks. What’s the best fabric to use? Keep reading… When it comes to sewalongs, The Cocktail Hour is a marathon not a sprint. In aid of The Eve … Continue reading

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How To Sew A Back Stay

If sewing a coat or jacket, it’s a good idea to add a back stay. This: Stops fabric from stretching out across the shoulders Stabilizes the back of the coat Increases the longevity of the make Improves the line of … Continue reading

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The Village Haberdashery & Hampstead Heath

Yesterday was Ella’s 5th birthday – so what better way to celebrate than with a trip to see Annie at The Village Haberdashery, with Ella wearing her High Five Kerchief? Sounded like a good idea to me! This was my first … Continue reading

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Practising bound buttonholes

I’m working on a project that requires four bound buttonholes. Bound buttonholes seem scary because you slice your scissors through a pattern piece. If you mess up, you mess up – and you’d better have spare fabric to hand. So, … Continue reading

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Summer Holidays – How To Still Make

The schools have broken up and everyone is off on their holibobs! But how do you squeeze making into the back of the car, along with everything else? This is why I love knitting. It’s so transportable. This was me … Continue reading

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Ogden Cami Sewing Tips

Fabric Choice Affects Sizing Take note of how tight the weave of your fabric is. A light, fluid viscose with a bit of spandex (my first version) is going to fit differently to a tightly woven silk (my second version). … Continue reading

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What Should I Sew This Weekend?

This! The Ogden Cami from True Bias. I tell ya, I’m in love and it layers up like a dream. Twinned with my Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co What do I like about this pattern? It’s a 13-page PDF … Continue reading

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live – Giveaway

First things first, you lucky people. Have you heard that 2017 is the year of the first live event associated with The Great British Sewing Bee? Highlights shall include: Over 100 workshops Live refashion challenges set to members of the … Continue reading

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She Walks In Beauty Like The Night Of Cloudless Climes

I expect at some point I shall get bored. Of making Charlie Caftans. Or maybe not. Two more future makes already light up my imagination. The question is: at what point do you reach maximum caftan on a sewing blog? Hey, … Continue reading

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Kaftans and Kimonos

The release of the Charlie Caftan reminded me how much I adore kaftans and kimonos. (We can debate the spelling of kaftan/caftan some other time!) Kaftans and kimonos are perfect for summer months – for home, for the beach, for … Continue reading

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Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

This beautiful viscose was kindly gifted to me by Bobbins & Buttons in Leicester. You can see their full supply of viscose here (though sadly none of this leaf print left). Don’t weep! I have found an alternative source of the … Continue reading

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Tips For Sewing The Charlie Caftan Bodice Panel

I thought I’d share my tips for sewing the bodice panel into view B of the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns. These steps are covered in pages 13-15 of the PDF instructions. As the instructions tell you, accuracy is … Continue reading

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Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan

It’s ages since I sewed from Closet Case Patterns, but as soon as I saw the Charlie Caftan I knew what I was doing with my weekend. Want to know how long this dress takes to sew from scratch? Five … Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment – Book Review

This is a beast of a book. In fact, so big and heavy that I couldn’t resist weighing it. I recommend reading this propped up in bed, book resting against your knees, with refreshments to hand as you dream about … Continue reading

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Liberty Of London Fabric Vlog

  Phewee! It’s been unbelievably hot in London today, so I decided that if I was trapped in the house I’d teach myself a bit of Youtube. Seriously, laptop trumped sewing machine. Here’s a video about my latest fabric shopping … Continue reading

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B6178 – The Circus Is In Town

I’ve made another pair of the B6178 culottes. I promise, I didn’t go out looking for this backdrop! This is old school and no mistake; there are places on Airbnb that would charge you a fortune for the authentic vintage … Continue reading

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Do You Struggle With Sewing Terminology, Too?

Words, huh? Slippery little beasts, don’t you find? I noticed this on my last blog post when I mistakenly referred to a bodice whilst talking about a pair of culottes. Readers were kind enough not to correct me, but I … Continue reading

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Doughnut Pattern Weights – A Giveaway

Did you know that today is Doughnut Day in the States? Well, it is – and in my book, that calls for a sewing blog giveaway. I know. You might think that greasy doughnuts are not the obvious snack of … Continue reading

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B6178 Culotte Pattern

A couple of weeks ago, if you’d said to me, ‘Karen, I’d like you to swathe the lower half of your body in acres of pale fabric,’ I’d have told you to take a running jump. A couple of events happened between then … Continue reading

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Top 5 Best Fabrics For Hot Weather

Anyone out there sweltering? Me, too! Here’s a quick run down of the fabrics I love to sew for summer. Needless to say, they’re all natural. Silk The above Deep V Tunic top from DIY Couture’s No Patterns Needed book … Continue reading

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Yuki Dress The Third

I took this photo the morning after the Manchester bombing. The sun was out, and within earshot a church choir was rehearsing. It was hard not to get tearful. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. Now is the time for us … Continue reading

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Miriam Cardigan, Quince & Co

If you want a summer cardigan to throw over outfits, meet the Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co, designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge. A neutral colour can be your best friend. I learnt that last summer when I bought a white cotton … Continue reading

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Help Me Understand Cosplay

I’m wearing a Hollyburn skirt. My companion is wearing…? The first time I became aware of Cosplay was in 2014. I attended London Comi Con through my day job and stumbled upon … a whole other world of outfits. Outrageous outfits. … Continue reading

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5 Reasons To Sew A Shirt Dress

1. Bite-Size Tasks The construction of a shirt dress can be broken down into digestible chunks of work for tired brains at the end of the day – pockets, cuffs, plackets, waist ties, collars, button holes… If you want a 15-minute … Continue reading

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M6885 – Flower Girl

I’ve never considered myself to be much of a flower girl, but on a recent sewing blogger meet up there were a lot of summery chintz prints on display. The synapses in my brain kept firing. Ooh, pretty! Swoon! Love! Want. … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Poplin Cotton And Lawn Cotton

Left: Poplin Cotton, Right: Lawn Cotton If you’re anything like me, you’ll often struggle to discern between poplin and lawn cotton. I believe people often buy poplin, believing it’s lawn cotton. But there are some distinct differences that can make all … Continue reading

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