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A circular cardigan with a geek twist

In my last post I showed off my 1950s inspired circular cardigan, which manages to look far more glam than a cardigan ought to. When I was finishing the cardigan I discovered that it isn’t just limited to looking glam.  It’s also great for… …pretending to be a Jedi knight! While I’m only showing you the cardigan now, I actually finished it back in December, just when A New Hope was in the theatres.  I tried on the mostly-finished cardigan for a friend, and she ‘ooohed’ over the flipped down collar and the swishy hem, and then I flipped up the collar to show it could also be a hood, and she practically fell over laughing, saying I looked like I should be in Star Wars. Obviously, with a comment like that, I had to do a Star Wars photoshoot.  I put out a call for a lightsaber, and the amazing Nina came through with not only a lightsaber, but also a half-scale Stormtrooper and a Darth Vader for me to have an epic battle with. I seriously …

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Sewing favourites: four awesome tools

I definitely believe that you don’t need all the bells and whistles and fancy ‘toys’ to be an amazing sewer.  Beautiful results can be had with the a very simple sewing kit: a (good quality) pair of scissors, some reasonable pins, a measuring tape, tailors chalk, an unpicker, hand sewing needles, and a basic sewing machine.  And that last one is optional, even if you aren’t interested in historical sewing – when travelling, I’ve made modern frocks without the machine. With that said, there is no denying that there are some extras that will make your sewing much easier and stress free, and if you have the space and money, investing in them is well worth it. As a sewing teacher, I like to try all the fancy new gadgets, but I have also consciously decided NOT to get every spiffy whiz-banger sewing invention, because I don’t want my sewing process to be too drastically different from that of my students, or of those of you who are buying my patterns.  It’s not helpful if I find a …

Sewing for wee ones

While I mostly sew for myself, I do occasionally sew for other people – especially if they are tiny. Well, little.  I don’t love sewing for newborn babies, but if you are a close friend of mine, and you have had a little girl in the last oh, 20 years or so, chances are your wee one has been given a version of McCalls 8121: This poor, battered pattern was my Grandmothers, and ever since I inherited it I have been using it to make little frocks and bloomers for the girl toddlers in my life.  It’s got duckies on it!  And the girl has a kangaroo toy! Most of the early versions of the dress I made have had the duck appliqué (after all, I do love ducks), but lately, I’ve been branching out. Here is a recent-ish duckie one: It’s made from the fabric that remained from making my sherbet stripes dress, and is trimmed with vintage piping, and a bit of replica 1930s floral fabric. Here is dearest Mum-to-be opening it (with admiring …