Pencil perfection – the heavens to Betsy skirt

It’s officially June, so that means summer in these parts, although given how much terrible weather we have had recently this news may come as a shock. For me, summer is a time for florals, polka dots and frivolous prints (you know how much I love a good novelty print). Anyway, when I caught sight […]

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Taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line …

I love Manhattan. I have a very complicated relationship with the city that goes back many years. You see … I met my ex-husband in New York City, in the aftermath of a huge airport closing snowstorm.  It was my very first time Stateside and I was in total shock and awe mode from the moment […]

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Raindrops on roses & penguins on polka dots

Okay, okay, so I know they’re not quite the lyrics to acccompany Julie Andrew’s melody from the Sound of Music, but I strongly believe it is only because she didn’t have this enchanting fabric in front of her at the time. If they’d given her this fabric to make clothes out of for the troublesome […]

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Deer & Doe in the jungle

WARNING: this blog post features graphic photos of pattern slashing that some dedicated seamstresses may find distressing. I was smitten as soon as I saw this new pattern from Deer & Doe hit the Twittersphere. Not only did it look like an extremely useful everyday kind of top, but I already had some fabric in mind … […]

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You know your fabric stash is too big when …

As you may have guessed, I am not usually one to hold back when something lovely catches my eye, and of late, what with the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally, a near religious first experience at London’s Goldhawk Road and a few choice selections from the t’internet … well, let’s just say that […]

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The Michael Miller Teapot dress

I made this divine dress earlier this summer when I first saw the Tea Party print appear on the Frumble Fabrics website. It was another must have … I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make with it when I first bought it, and when I first showed my newly purchased fabric to my […]

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A teensy bit of fabric shopping

Let’s just start by saying I have a reasonable quantity of fabric. Well, actually, if we’re being honest, a LOT of fabric. In fact, if we are aiming for total editorial accuracy, AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF FABRIC. (Yes, that statement has been verified by independent non-fabric loving humans and suffice to say, after the hysterical […]

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The Garden Party dress

It was the colour on this print that first drew my eye – cobalt blue, emerald green and magenta rich purple combine to pack a big punch to the large hydrangea print. A Kaffe Fasset design for Rowan it was a bit on the pricey side but what the hell! I spotted this on a […]

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The surprise seaside shirt

I first saw this fabric on a sale day at Lady Sew n Sew in Henley. Needless to say, true to style it was not actually IN the sale (as was nothing else that I bought that day) but I loved it on sight. I did look at all the fabrics in the sale but […]

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Projects past … the fish skirt

It’s no secret that I love a novelty print. Despite the fact that someone of my advancing age shouldn’t wear anything with creatures/cartoons/kitchenalia/foodstuffs (delete as applicable) on it I have chosen to buck the sensible trend. After all, what is the point in making something that doesn’t make some kind of statement? I just feel […]

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