I have finally taken the plunge and invested in an overlocker! Up until now I've resisted getting one because I don't have a huge amount of space in my sewing room and because it is quite a big investment. But I've been feeling like I needed a new sewing challenge and it seemed to be … Continue reading New overlocking toy!
Category: News & thoughts
I haven't blogged very much recently because I have been busy with work, but I have at least been finding time to sew. I find it sew (ha!) relaxing to do and I use it to refresh and unwind. One of my long-term projects is to figure out how to get a trouser pattern to … Continue reading Trouser fitting
Face coverings/masks #2
In the UK it is no longer compulsory to wear a facemask when out in a public space, but I feel much more comfortable wearing one. I like wearing a mask because it gives me peace of mind that if I do catch Covid-19, then I'm less likely to spread it to someone else. The … Continue reading Face coverings/masks #2
O’ wondrous overlock machine: the Rubylock
I sew on a vintage Singer treadle machine, it's a 66K and I absolutely love it. However, it was not designed to sew knits. So when sewing knits I use a stretch thread called Mettler Seraflock and it works well, provided there's not too much stretch required. After searching for a solution, I came across … Continue reading O’ wondrous overlock machine: the Rubylock
Sew... it's lockdown time... Everyone keeps on saying how much extra time they have to sew while being stuck at home, but I'm really not finding that right now. I am a university lecturer and so I'm currently moving all my lectures online, reassuring students, trying to help students scattered around the world after traveling … Continue reading Sewing plans
Wardrobe scent bags
I live in an old house which has a tendency to become damp. My wardrobe is next to an outside wall and I don't want my lovely handmade clothes to go mouldy! So I decided to use up my fabric scraps to make these envelope-style wardrobe scent bags. 1. The fabric For the outer fabric … Continue reading Wardrobe scent bags
A year of sewing!
For 2019 I made the resolution to sew a new item of clothing each month, and happily I have done it! Hooray! And I've made a few other things along the way too. It's been a brilliant journey, and I have enjoyed it so much that I am going to be continuing my sewing into … Continue reading A year of sewing!
To help keep my neice warm in these cold British winter months, I decided to make my neice a hoodie from the french terry fabric I had left over from my Poppy Dress. I found a lovely free pattern online and succeeded in making it Unfortunately the hoodie turned out to be too small for … Continue reading Toddler hoodie
Mini quilt update
A while ago I made a mini quilt from scraps of material. I cut them into 1.5 inch squares and created a pattern. I wasn't sure what to do with it and it's been sitting in my sewing room for a while. Last weekend I finally decided to turn it into a cushion, and Momo … Continue reading Mini quilt update
Dart pattern marking revelation
Just a quick note to say I've had an epiphany! Most of you will read this and think "Yes, obviously", but this was not obvious to me. Gradually as I have sewed more garments, I have developed a process for transfering pattern markings from my patterns once I have all the fabric cut out. If … Continue reading Dart pattern marking revelation