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No excuses now ….

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Seam method

I have been snipping seam allowances in accordance with instructions and hopefully the next calico will be free (enough) of butt bagginess.  I took out half and inch length which included a small chunk out of the crotch curve.  This … Continue reading

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Sewing Actually

On his travels, JJ found a couple of books for me.  Both I have been oogling from a distance for ages.  How did he know? Drape drape and Pattern Magic slipped into my sewing room with amazing ease. Professional Sewing … Continue reading

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Trouser muslin #2

Winter is well and truly here and my sewing room is snug, perfect for avoiding housework and other chores.  As is mucking about with crotch alterations apparently.  I really really need to get cleaning.  Soon. Consequently my muslin has been … Continue reading

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Sewing stuff and new old things

Sewing has been rather slow of late but I have been busy in the sewing room none the less.  We have finally moved the spare bed out and I am in the middle of re-organising boxes and bags of fabric, … Continue reading

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Catching up

Guess what?  I’ve started making a pair of trouser for myself.  Yes.  Very exciting for me anyway.  They’ve got a rear welt pocket, front flap pockets and a fly front.  Cool.  Anyway, I’ve traced and mostly sewn them up in … Continue reading

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Ooo look what I found

I have been checking ‘my’ op shops regularly and haven’t found a single sewing book.  Have I found needlework texts?  Yes.  Home crafts?  Yes.  Embroidery?  Yep.  Sewing?  A resounding no.  So, instead I have drooled over the thrifty finds of … Continue reading

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Bodice block is on hold for the mo

A few evenings ago I climbed back into the bodice and stood very still while JJ carefully pinned me in (note to self, a centre back closure on a block is just daft).  About ten minutes later he ever so … Continue reading

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Things a tickin’ along

I haven’t done much actual sewing in the last couple of weeks other than this little top for my girls.  Shirring is pretty but boy does it take ages to secure all those ends so thank GOD for zig zag … Continue reading

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What do you call them?

Are they pants or trousers to you? It matters very little, I agree, other than when the damned things don’t fit and for me that happens relatively often with RTW.  I haven’t yet made a pair of trou for myself … Continue reading

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