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- Wearing this cool breezy self-drafted tent dress makes me happy. I absolutely love the fabric which is from @ikeauk a few years ago. ■■■ The pattern is easily adapted from the shift dress in my 1st book Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking. Would you like a blog post on how to do it?Some gorgeous Longshaw skirts have been popping up during our hot spell. I love the variety shown by these: prints, plains, dressy, casual. That last one by @dressmakerssocial isn't even a knit, it's crepe!! Lovely makers all tagged. ✅ pattern is from my latest book Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics 📖✂️A few of my spoils from my recent visit to @fabworksmillshop - pic 2 wools ✅ pic 3 waxed and showerproof ✅ pic 4 cottons and linens ✅ and of course pic 5 a couple of knits ✅ Can't wait to get cracking on these, the epic pre-wash has begun.....What a fabulous finale to our holiday. Salt's Mill and Saltaire are just as wonderful as I remember. It might sound a bit melodramatic but seeing all of Hockney's "The Arrival of Spring" iPad drawings printed so large, in such a beautiful setting made me feel a bit teary. I think they are tapping into some deep yearnings within me, plus I read a book of interviews with Hockney just after my dad died in which he talked a lot about creating these pieces and how much that particular East Yorkshire landscape meant to him. Anyway, there you go, the power of art 'n' all that. . . Also pictured - Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics in the Salt's Mill bookshop 🤗 was the cherry on today's cake. Plus some gorgeous paintings of and inspired by Salt's Mill by @kittynorthartist
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I was really happy to be interviewed for Simply Sewing’s feature called “My Favourite Thing” for this month (issue 14).
It’s on the back page and you might recognise one of my shirt refashions for Portia’s The Refashioners project last summer. I chose it because as well as being really pleased with how it turned out, it’s a project that brings together a lot of my interests and values.
Hope you enjoy reading it (click on the image and it will open full size in another window)!
I don’t like to do things by halves. So, when Portia invited me to take part in her fabulous “The Refashioners 2015” project I offered to do not one, but two projects! My first one, the formal bib shirt dress was on Portia’s blog last week.
This week, see how I turned these 3 lovely specimens…….
……into this denim fest!! Read how I did it here.
I love men’s traditional formal dress shirts those with the bib fronts, I think that bib section is crying out for a bit of textilian magic and have had ideas buzzing around for a long time, so what more perfect excuse than the Refashioners?!
I was so happy when super creative refashioner extraordinaire Portia asked me to take part in her project and this one is up on her blog today.
I used one of the patterns from my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” as a starting point, read all about how I did it.
This one will be up first on Tuesday the 18th August…..
The 4th in my Refashioning series for Sewing World magazine was rather well timed as summer seems to have finally arrived here in the UK!
It’s on pages 84-86 in the July issue which is out now.
Last month saw the end of my “Knits Know-How” series in Sewing World magazine, bit sad as most of you probably know this is one of my favourite subjects. But fear not, it means this month sees the start of a new series all about Alterations!
Here’s the first one from the April issue which is out now, it’s all about how to remove sleeves from a garment including which garments will be suitable to do this to and different ways to finish the armholes.
I hope you find it both useful and inspiring and if it prompts you to do something to one of your old garments, send me a picture!