A Betty Dress

A Betty Dress

I feel in love with 1950’s fashion as a child. I saw a photo of an actress, I think it was Grace Kelly (but as I was 8 I can’t really remember that well) in a beautiful dress, with a very full skirt there was lace as well and so I was sold vintage fashion. In my early twenties I fell in love with classic costumes of Mad Men celebrating the female body. Considering I’m short but curvy current fashion…

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On Fast Fashion

On Fast Fashion

Long post warning, go make a cup of tea before continuing, Given recent international events regarding climate change I’ve been feeling very low about the state of the world.  Last year I borrowed 2 books from the library that seemed interesting, (ok so the covers caught my eye but I did read them). There were Lucy Siegle’s “To Die for: is fashion wearing out the world” and Elizabeth L Cline “ Overdressed: the shocking high cost of cheap fashion”. Both…

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My First (Handmade) Dress

My First (Handmade) Dress

Ok, so this isn’t the first article of clothing I’ve made. I’ve made two pairs of the Margot PJ bottoms from Love at First Stitch, but I didn’t take photos of them. I’ve made two pairs in a light cotton and I’ve one flannel pair cut out ready to be sewn. So for my first dress, and part of the 2017 Make Nine I made a Bettine Dress. I choose this pattern based on near universal feedback online that this…

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Thoughts on 30

Thoughts on 30

I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. There are numerous reasons for this but mainly I’ve been coming home from work and crashing straight into bed as my energy levels have been low of late. While I do have 6 blog posts in draft and I’ve made a few items of clothing I wanted to write this. On the May 23 2017 I turned thirty and for years I’ve imagined what turning thirty would look like. In my…

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66 Thoughts that came to me while pattern cutting for the first time

66 Thoughts that came to me while pattern cutting for the first time

Okay I can do this Should have cleared the table first, will do that now How the hell do this pattern open up, it seems never ending Ok there is no way I’m going to be able to fold this up again Meh, future problem. Its double sided; well that is going to confuse me Right what’s next? Okay so I need to copy the pattern on to tracing paper I don’t have tracing paper, what is tracing paper, internet…

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2017 Make Nine

2017 Make Nine

I’ve been looking for a way to inspire (and keep myself on track) when it comes to sewing my own clothes. After spending some time in the black hole that is #sewing on Instagram I’ve came across the hashtag #2017MakeNine. After a moment hesitation I’ve decided to take this challenge on, even though it’s the near the end of March. The #2017MakeNine was thought up by Rochelle of Lucy Lucielle, in 20016 and is now in it’s second year. It was…

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Ten Best Sewing Books for the Absolute Novice

Ten Best Sewing Books for the Absolute Novice

As mentioned as I’m slowly teaching myself to sew as part of My New Year resolutions, aka operation-defeat-Neg-by-increasing-self-esteem-by-finishing-things. While my health has taken, a recent downturn meaning my motivation to work on new skill is at times non-existent so I thought I would share my favourite beginner sewing books. Learning sewing has been something I’ve wanted to do for year and after may slow starts and mistake these are the 10 sewing books I’m loving and now own as a…

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