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Happy Customers: Charlotte!

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Happy Customers: Charlotte!

Look how happy Charlotte is, in her bumblebee dress! She chose to wear it especially for her birthday party, and apparently put the pockets to good use for keeping hold of the yellow party blower - the best one, obviously!  Charlotte chose the fabric herself when she came to visit me (with her mum, Joanna, who's recently started a great blog) and spent the day telling everybody that I'd made her dress. How lovely is that?!

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Bugs and Border Prints

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Bugs and Border Prints

If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know that I'm completely smitten with these new organic border prints - so much so that I've added a whole collection of them to order in women's sizes and for children.  This "entomology" print on a moss green crossweave fabric is my absolute favourite, so I've ordered a little piece to make a dress for myself.  It arrived this morning, and is whizzing its way around the washing machine as I type. I love that I happened to get a piece with the label still on it! I also love that the Organic Textile Company work...

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Happy Customers: Milly!

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Happy Customers: Milly!

Say hello to my lovely niece, Milly, who spent a pleasant summer evening in the pub wearing her new upcycled Bambi dress! I've been saving this fabric for several years, until Milly was old enough to know who Bambi was. Turns out that six is the perfect age! The fabric is from an original 1980s duvet cover, which I used a long time ago to make a bolero jacket for a friend. I had just enough left over to make this dress for Milly, and another little one for the shop, to fit age 3. I've actually been making this...

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Outfit post: Celestial dress

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Outfit post: Celestial dress

Hello! I'm in an underpass, contemplating a painted barn owl. Paul pointed out to me afterwards that I should have held my hand out to make it look as though the owl was flying to me. Next time...  So, this is what the Celestial dress looks like during a casual summer lunchtime walk to the pharmacy. (I go to all the best places!) This fabric is interestingly chameleonic - it transforms from blue to grey depending on where you're standing and who's looking at you. Which means that it goes with just about everything, like your favourite pair of ancient jeans, but...

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Elastic Waist Skirt Tutorials now available!

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Elastic Waist Skirt Tutorials now available!

As promised, I've rummaged through the depths of my computer and unearthed my two free tutorials for making skirts with an elastic waist! You can either use them to draft your own skirt patterns, or you can simply print out the instructions and follow them each time. I've added them to the Tutorials section, but you can also download the PDF files right here: Skirt with elastic inside waistband casing Skirt with visible fancy elastic waist (like the one above) Please bear in mind that these are from 2008, when my digital camera left a lot to be desired, so some...

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