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Speakeasy

I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these fabrics! I’ve been waiting literally years for these types of prints to be available in the UK, on sustainable fabrics. Once again, the Organic Textile Company have outdone themselves! The prints and colourways are closely based on designs from a book of 1920s textile […]

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That didn’t go well…

Last night, in my rush to have a piece of dyed fabric to work with today, I brewed up some tea in the urn and threw in a big piece of silk. Unfortunately, I didn’t really think through how much dyestuff I was using compared to the amount of fabric – and the answer turned […]

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ORANGE wool jacket

Words simply cannot do justice to how INCREDIBLY BRIGHT this fabric is. Ridiculously orange, with teal, magenta and a little bit of yellow thrown in for good measure. In case you hadn’t guessed, this fabric is LOUD. I think I bought it in Chepstow last year, in a fabric shop that was absolutely piled to […]

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Goodbye, Bishopston Trading.

Bishopston Trading closes tomorrow, after 28 years in business. This is the statement, in full, from their website: “It is with great regret and sadness that we have to announce that, after 28 years in business, the Bishopston Trading Company will close at the end of July 2013. The village of K.V.Kuppam, where our clothes […]

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Psychedelic Dress

This is a test-run of Kwik Sew 3472, a simple jersey dress. It also has options for a knee-length version, a scoop neck and short sleeves. The fabric, I promise you, isn’t anywhere near as loud as it looks in this photo! In real life the colours are much more muted and dusky. I figured […]

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I had intended to spend this morning sewing, but the temperature in the Shed soon put paid to that. It took an hour and a half for the little heater to force its way into double figures. Brrr! I think this is perhaps the only disadvantage of working in a Shed in the garden – […]

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Pinstriped velvet coat and cape

Remember when I bought this fantastic Ikea unit for the Shed, and tidied everything into neat little cubby holes? Today I had every intention of making a hat. I had everything I needed laid out on the sewing table. Instructions, fabric, buckram, wire, lining, curved sewing needles… but no pattern. I knew it was in […]

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Spoonflower Scarf

This is a photo that I took in Portwrinkle, Cornwall, in June 2010. This is how a part of it looks printed onto silk crepe, by Spoonflower. Not as saturated as I would have liked, but given that the original image wasn’t quite at a high enough resolution for me to be able to mess […]

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This is Simplicity 1755, which I had every intention of beginning to sew this morning. I want to wear it to a wedding next month, and my extra hours at work are continuing, so I need to get a move on in any spare time that I do have. The illustration to the right shows […]

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Spotty cotton & bamboo

Here’s my latest order from my lovely organic cotton people. Three metres each of spotty and plain organic cotton and bamboo blend. Isn’t it lovely? It’s in the washing machine at the moment, and I’m expecting it to be super soft when it comes out. The almost-matching thread’s organic too, and I’m planning to buy […]

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