Category Archives: Opinions Questions Rants

October Burda

Why do I  buy patterns and pattern mags when I can draft my own? Search me. Some kind of hoarding compulsion, like saving coffee jars for the jam I won’t be making. How about you – buy only what you’ll … Continue reading

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Maxing out

Maxi Skirts? On ‘Flog it’, a British tv prog about antiques, the presenter brought us a snippet from the archives of the British Film Institute, a clip from 1896 of Blackfriars Bridge. A woman crossing the bridge wore (of course) … Continue reading

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Waffling about Pattern Making Again

This week I played around with the overshirt pattern and made it into a shift. The fabric is a soft blue silky something or the other from stash depths – about the colour of Petula’s overdress in this clip.   … Continue reading

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Sew Not Dead Yet

Clutching at straws for a blog name three years ago, I almost called it SNDY. I mean I sew for fun. 2015 brought the usual crop of resolutions in the sewing community, organisation fits, destashing, and finally nailing that impeccable wardrobe. … Continue reading

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Drafting Patterns

Random thoughts on the debate about ‘indie’ pattern makers, their testers, followers, blog tours. – inspired by the ongoing sewing community debate about value Fit Issues. If an indie designer’s, or a plain old Big4 designer’s pattern doesn’t fit you out … Continue reading

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Sew Gadgety

What’s your least used sewing gadget? Vying for first place I have this stuff Seldom I remember that I have some dressmaker’s carbon, and rarely does it turn out to leave a useful mark . Its probably great if you … Continue reading

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