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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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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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Sew Over It Molly Dress A Deux

I’m slightly freaking myself out! Double trouble, and no mistake. But if you want an excuse to buy four metres of fabric instead of two, keep reading… I’ve made two more Molly dresses from My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break, using … Continue reading

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The Sewing Weekender

Hello everybody! Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. I’m now on the hunt for amazing fabric suppliers in the UK and will write a little round up soon about my plans. I’ve just got back from … Continue reading

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Ginghamalong + Giveaways

Ah, gingham. The stuff of school uniforms? NO! The stuff of dreams. Just check out my Pinterest Gingham Inspiration Board, if you don’t believe me. From that gorgeous Brigitte Bardot cinched in dress, to shorts, menswear, accessories … once you disappear … Continue reading

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Colette Patterns Negroni Shirt

I’ve never sewn menswear before. It was time to put this omission right. I ordered a copy of the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt, three metres of indigo Carolina gingham from The Village Haberdashery, and perfectly matching buttons from here. It’s years since I’ve sewn … Continue reading

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Okay, here’s a little bedroom tip. Put a bag of popcorn in the microwave beforehand. That way, when you’re done, you have a treat.

Afternoon, everyone! Remember me?! I ended up taking a bit of a blogging break after my last post – I was a bit burnt out by January madness at work and I ended up getting sick. But I’m back now: back and badder than ever! It’s not that I have had a ba…

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I do admire Wonka; he is a true capitalist. His factory has zero government regulation, slave labour and an indoor boat. Wonderful.

Evening all! It’s been a windy, rainy, chilly Wednesday and I haven’t left the house today at all. It’s not something I’d like to do every day, but every so often it’s good to not have to engage with anyone other than Nic. It means that I have zero cra…

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Let’s drink at my place so I can walk home.

Hello hello! What’s happening, everyone? I’m not too bad – almost at the end of a ten-day stint at work (working over the weekend blows, jsyk) and I’m a wee bit tired with it. Needless to say, I’m being looked after by Nic and right now he’s cooking di…

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Sewing With Italian Polyester Chiffon – Gelato Required

Lovely Annie of The Village Haberdashery said she had a couple of metres of neon chiffon to spare. Could I make something with it? You betcha! Could I photograph it to accurately reflect the colours? Maybe. The ice-cream photo is … Continue reading

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Chambray pintucked shirt- grandad style

Hey folks, here is the “High Hitter” I mentioned at the end of my last post. Thinking back to my New Year reflections, I had said that there were going to be more “high hitters” in my repertoire- that is things made out of special fabric that might take longer to sew, & that will […]

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The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now, a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.

Hey hey and Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holidays were everything you hoped they would be. The alcohol poisoning incident and a bout of insomnia (ugh) aside, mine really were. This year was the first time Nic and I have ever spent Christmas tog…

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They say that some of his ears are inside his head and when he yawns it sounds like Liam Neeson chasing a load of hens around inside a barrel.

Ah, hello! It’s Bonfire night and…well, I’m not out looking at fireworks or eating toffee apples or baked potatoes, or whatever it is people do on Bonfire Night. It’s not really a thing in Northern Ireland and, in my thirteen years living in England,…

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