Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

Remember this dress? I made it last year as a bit of an experiment. It’s an unusual shape, and has no centre back seam so there’s a zip in the shoulder and the side so you can get in and out. Notice anything about the shoulder zip now? Closer? That’s right, the zip no longer […]


I’m very fond of Burda magazine. I’ve been subscribing for a few years and, despite my Vogue addiction, I probably sew more Burda patterns than anything else. Last year I had a look at whether Burda’s patterns are getting easier. I’ve accumulated quite a few more issues since then so I thought it was time […]


Blood sacrifice

09Dec12

I remember being told as a child that ‘we must suffer to be beautiful’. Well I hope my new coat is going to come out beautiful. It’s certainly causing a little suffering right now! I am sparing you a photo of my left hand, which currently sports an iron burn and several nasty pin scratches. […]


Coatophobia

11Nov12

I dreamed about my coat project last night. It went disastrously wrong. And something is certainly stopping me from getting on with it. I have just finished cutting out the pieces for the muslin but I keep on finding reasons not to start sewing it. Must do the washing up. Must tidy the sewing room. […]


Ever had the experience of not being able to get a decent picture of a garment you’re really pleased with? Or then there’s the project that you’re not very happy with that nevertheless seems to photograph well. How much effort do you go to for project pictures? I started thinking about this because recently I […]


I’m making Burda 120-12-2012 in a glorious turquoise knit fabric. But it’s slightly transparent so I need to draft a lining. This is breaking my brain. I need a distraction. A really simple project. I have a copy of Vogue 1250 somewhere. I am the only sewing blogger in the world who has not yet […]


I’ve finished my mother’s kimono. Except I haven’t, because the sewing room looks like a bomb has hit it. Every surface is covered with fluffy polyester threads, including me. I think I’m going to have to vacuum everything, and I doubt the ironing board cover is ever going to be the same again. I never […]


Recently we rearranged the house to make better use of space. My office/sewing area moved into what was the very small spare bedroom. It’s been great having dedicated space to sew in. But I don’t think I can put off doing something about the curtains much longer. That isn’t an optical illusion. It is an […]


Remember the other day I was moaning about how I always buy too much fabric and end up with lots of little lengths left over? Well the stash gods heard me, got in their time machine, and went back two years to my very first visit to the fabric shops of Goldhawk Road where they […]


Thanks so much for the positive feedback about my hoodie dress. I wore it to work today and can report that it is not only toasty warm – great in the airconditioned machine rooms – but also survived my having to lie on the floor to plug cables into servers. So it’s definitely growing on […]



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