What do you do when you need a “semi-formal” outfit for a boy’s Year 6 Farewell? Dig out an old men’s collared shirt and get cutting, that’s what!
Have you ever hand-crafted something that just didn’t turn out like you hoped? I have!
All is not always lost. Here’s how I recovered from exactly this situation and turned my item into something I love!
Just a quick note to let you know I’ve just published a rather extensive article about my London Hood recreation. 🙂 Those of you interested in medieval garments might be interested to read about: the construction stitches, particularly the “singling” that was described by Østergård in Woven Into the Earth, the tablet weaving, making theContinue reading “Documentation for the London Hood”
A couple of years ago I started taking a series of Craftsy (hey what? now called “bluprint”!) classes to learn how to make my own sewing patterns, using flat pattern making methods. The first class I tried is called “Patternmaking Basics — the Skirt Sloper” and is taught by Suzy Furrer. I’ve finally managed toContinue reading “Sewing skirts from scratch”
Will is now a couple of years into his schooling, and I have been increasingly frustrated by the plastic envelopes he is required to use for transferring items in his school bag. Our school sends notes home in one envelope, readers in another, plus there are two more envelopes for use at school. I hateContinue reading “School Reader Bags”
Have you wondered why it has gone quiet on the blog these last few weeks? I needed to get a *lot* of new garb made for Rowany Festival 2017! From top left we have: Three smaller child tunics (for Will, Evie, and Evie) and a teenager tunic (Izzy) Another teen tunic (Izzy) with a viking Kaftan;Continue reading “Rowany Festival Garb 2017”
This year Evie asked me to make her teddy some clothing, as a present for her birthday. This material just begged to be made into something sweet for Evie, as it has all her favourite things: pink colours, gold sparkle and some busy geometric shapes. I can’t even begin to describe the squeeee moment I had whenContinue reading “Teddy Clothes”
I made another pair of City Gym Shorts as a birthday present for my eldest. Happy Birthday Izzy! This time I decided to try finishing the seams with the teeniest tiniest French seams you can imagine. And it worked! I am a big fan of French seams because they are very quick to sew (providedContinue reading “Teeny Tiny French Seams”
Last year my kids picked out a couple of fabrics to make up into pyjamas. These fabrics sat for ages in my stash, waiting for the right inspiration to come knocking. Then I saw this great set of instruction from Purl Soho, to make up their City Gym Shorts. I figured — why not pyjamaContinue reading “City Gym Shorts”
I have been doing a lot more sewing lately, as I start making gifts for people, and repairing items I would normally stuff in a box and forget about. The other day I was trimming apart some Half Square Triangles (quilting! I will post on this project soon 🙂 ) and I put the pointContinue reading “New ironing board cover”