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It doesn’t seem five minutes since the spring Vogue pattern release and now the summer patterns are out. As usual they aren’t available in the UK yet but that never stops me picking my favourites. The designer section is strangely samey this time around: it’s one sweetly feminine dress after another. If that appeals, there […]


The Spring Vogue Patterns release is out. It’s not made it to the UK at the time of writing but that’s never stopped me looking and making plans before. Spring and Summer are normally my least favourite seasons for patterns. This collection would be no exception to the rule, were it not for the fact […]


I always look forward to the autumn and winter Vogue pattern releases. Sadly the autumn collection was underwhelming this year. The winter one came out in the US a couple of weeks ago and the good news is that it’s a definite step up. The designer patterns are few but good. I’m disappointed there’s no […]


First of all, thanks for all the insightful comments on my sack-like dress. I’ve worn it out of the house a couple more times since the photos were taken, and I’ve decided to keep it as it is rather than trying to make it match the original or even give up and recycle the fabric. […]


I’m running a bit late with this, given that it’s now 12th night so we’re well into 2013. But here are the last two top fives! It is really difficult to pick only five bloggers that inspired me in 2012. I get half my sewing inspiration from other people’s blogs. But here are five who […]


Gillian first posted the idea of doing sewing top fives of 2012 at the start of December. So I’m a bit late to the party but going to play along anyway because it’s a great idea and I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s top fives. I made 24 items in 2012. It’s 25 if I […]


OMG new Vogues

27Oct12

My pattern stash is larger than my fabric stash. I have piles of patterns I haven’t made yet. There are only so many hours for sewing in the week, so the last thing I need is even more patterns. Therefore I promised myself I’d approach the winter Vogue patterns with common sense and restraint. Yeah […]


The sewing blogosphere and its feline helpers have already reviewed the new Vogue patterns, and in the main the reaction has been one of disappointment. And on first glance at the collection I had to agree. It didn’t even strike me as particularly fugly, just uninspiring. There is one honourable exception in 1305. I don’t […]


Like half the sewing blogosphere I’d been waiting impatiently for the spring Vogue patterns to come out. They’re now up on the US website although as I write this they’ve yet to become available in the UK. But that’s OK, this time I think I can wait. First impressions of the collection? What was the […]


I’m slightly surprised to realise I’ve never yet blogged about one of my favourite sewing reference books, The Dressmaker’s Dictionary by Ann Ladbury. I was lucky enough to find it in a second-hand bookshop soon after I started sewing and picked it up in the hope of finding instructions on on zip insertion that made […]



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