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If you’ve been following the progress of my guest/sewing room in the One Room Challenge, you’re in for a treat this week. Now that … More one room challenge week 3 – sewing with attitude »

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On Monday I told you that I’d become fascinated by Kibbe bodytypes and wanted to try sewing some clothes inspired by the suggestions for Gamines. Well, here you are, a very basic first attempt!

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Two sweatshirts! Here are the factors that make these appropriate for the gamine body type:

  • high neckline
  • fitted at shoulders and wrists
  • outfit made of seperates
  • slightly cropped length – gamines are generally short, so clothes shouldn’t overwhelm them
  • print and colour-blocking – basically high-contrast pieces, not a monochromatic column of colour
  • clean lines – not a lot of frills or draping

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Sweatshirt #1 is made from secondhand yardage I picked up cheap at a charity sale – I love a large scale floral on a dark background!

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#2 is the fun one, inspired by the image at the top of the post. Can you see the hoodie halfway down that is black, white and grey? For my... [read more]

October always feels very primal and pagan to me, a time to gather your people close by the fire. Here's how I like to enjoy the darker months.

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October has been busy. I know that I say that about pretty much every month, but this one is only half over and I'm wondering already where the time is going! Our little lady Adeline is turning 14 months old this month, and she is on the run, literally. She went from learning to crawl, to cautiously walking, to now running in a matter of three months. Her development day to day is incredible right now. She is keeping us busy as she prefers to walk everywhere herself now, and she loves to climb... everything she can! Just ask her what a doggie says, and she will respond in a low whisper - woof, woof. Even when she is behaving less than ideal, it makes me smile to hear this even in the most stressful moments.

Earlier in the month, my husband and I took a short trip for our anniversary. We visited Cape Cod with a short day trip to Martha's... [read more]
I've known about Unicose patterns for a while now and having been wanting to give them a try. Their designs are quite extensive - the usual fair plus quite a lot of menswear, activewear and complex jacket designs. In the past, I've drafted a couple of items inspired by their designs. Recently, I plucked up the courage to purchase a few patterns to try.

So much has been going on this week! I finished my coat on Sunday, I have some photos to edit and the post to finish before you can see it all, but it’s so nice and warm!  It’s just what I needed.

One of the projects I really want to finish this month is Hubby’s coat.  The main pattern pieces were drafted last November, adjustments made and pattern altered.  But we were no nearer finding the right sort of lining, so the whole thing stalled.  I think I have finally persuaded the other half to accept a plain lining, with a patterned piping strip and other internal details for this version.  I can make another coat, or even a jacket (one day) when we find and buy that elusive “perfect lining”.

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The pieces of pattern that still needed to be sorted were the linings, front and back facings and pocket pieces for both the internal pocket and the welt pocket at... [read more]


Well, OK...the autumn is not just red, it's also orange, yellow, green 😍 and potentially grey 😕. But the scarf still fits great with the season. And! with my new faux suede jacket, which was really the main reason I chose the color red. It complements the color stone perfectly.

This yarn has also been kindly given to me by Minerva Crafts to test. I asked for (and received) two balls which I used up to make this scarf.


My impressions about the yarn and more pictures are available on Minerva Crafts blog.

Have you tried this yarn? Or some other interesting texture yarn? What did you make? I'd love to see your creations.

Pattern: None, just a long rectangle in stockinette stitch.
Yarn: King Cole's Opium in color Ruby.
Photos as usual taken at home in Asker, Norway.
I finished this dress just yesterday and couldn't wait to share it with you all! This is a project which started with the fabric which is unusual for me as I don't tend to buy fabric without a specific project in mind. But I couldn't resist the texture and colouring of this linen/cotton plaid from The Fabric Store last time I ordered! They have had some beautiful checks and stripes in stock recently. When I chose it I actually had in mind a relaxed pair of overalls or a jumpsuit for winter layering like this beauty from Common Stitch but I was hesitant about how confident I would feel wearing that much plaid! Then the Dani Dress was released with this month's issue of Seamwork Magazine and I knew there was a place for that in my wardrobe!

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Plaid Seamwork Dani Dress in Linen/Cotton from The Fabric Store and Paprika Merino Nikko Top

I've actually had some real sewing time over the last couple of weeks and despite the urge to rush through the... [read more]

This is turning into quite the magazine review week! Between getting my next sewing pattern ready for release (it’s with my testers now!) and working on the boat renovations every single weekend, I’ve had precious little time to devote to sewing recently, and when I do, I end of sewing easy TNT garments instead of spending time photoshooting or blogging about them! But I have been keeping a list so I can eventually blog about them, and the advantage there is that I might be able to wear a few as sets for the photos!

But in the meantime, I thought I’d share my picks from the latest Burda magazine, since I know how much you all enjoy reading these posts…

Burda label this jacket as a “masterpiece” and I definitely agree! They’ve got it styled more as a short coat (or “car coat”) here, and it definitely has the feel of a riding coat to me. I love the angular... [read more]

So Billy Idol invites you to his 5th wedding- what to wear you ask?

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Eileen wondered if her home owners insurance covered injury resulting from her partygoers confusing her for a piñata.

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This is disturbing.

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Alice was so shy, she found the perfect way to avoid strangers at parties- hide in the loo dressed as the spare roll.

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You can do it Betsy! Just 4 more steps and it won’t matter if your skirt falls all the way down!

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No flies on Daphne and her crocheted  thigh gap is on point.

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Louise washed up on the shore remembering nothing,but clutching her favorite yellow highlighter.

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Did she just catch the golden snitch???

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Why? Why is this my favorite? it looks like Cate Blanchett and Katherine Hepburn in a cage match!

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photo credits: Vogue.com

Hello all...  It is that time again.  My sewing room is, again, back in disarray.  I am focusing on the carpet, mainly, at this time.  However, in order to do the flooring, I need and must remove everything that takes up floor space.  I want you to join in once again, as I attempt to get this place the way I want.  The first in a series is up on my channel.  Carpet and Flooring: Sewing Room Decorating Series

The last sewing room tour I did was back in 2016 when I participated in a spring cleaning blog hop.  Last year, I also did another studio tour (2017) on video, showing the horrible condition of my sewing room.  It has been a long while since I shared. Maintaining that "blog look" is very difficult.  If you look at Pinterest, you could end up with "comparisitus" (my new word) and develop feelings that something is wrong with your own space.  However,... [read more]
Hello all...  It is that time again.  My sewing room is, again, back in disarray.  I am focusing on the carpet, mainly, at this time.  However, in order to do the flooring, I need and must remove everything that takes up floor space.  I want you to join in once again, as I attempt to get this place the way I want.  The first in a series is up on my channel.  Carpet and Flooring: Sewing Room Decorating Series

The last sewing room tour I did was back in 2016 when I participated in a spring cleaning blog hop.  Last year, I also did another studio tour (2017) on video, showing the horrible condition of my sewing room.  It has been a long while since I shared. Maintaining that "blog look" is very difficult.  If you look at Pinterest, you could end up with "comparisitus" (my new word) and develop feelings that something is wrong with your own space.  However,... [read more]
Recently I drafted a pair of cycling bib shorts and have found them so great to wear. They have become my favourites and wear them in preference to the elastic waist type shorts. That’s my excuse to make another pair and a tank top to wear with them. These were made for PR’s mini-wardrobe contest ...
Today I've got my tester version of one of the latest patterns from Tilly and the Buttons, the Ness skirt... and a giveaway, too!


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Vintage floral mother daughter dresses on Tuesday Stitches

I suppose now that Fall has well and truly set in that it’s about time I get a blog post up about my favorite Spring and Summer outfits! I made my dress in time for Passover/Easter this year and finished Evelyn’s matching dress in time for us both to wear them for her birthday the next month. Words cannot describe how much I love our outfits! This dress is seriously everything I love in a dress – pattern clashing, bright colors, bold florals, empire waist, sundress and apparently even ruffles (a trend I was very late to jump onto but I seem to have embraced wholeheartedly).

Vintage Simplicity 6184 spring floral dress

For Evelyn’s dress I used Simplicity 6184 from 1983 (though it could easily be from any number of decades). Since I cut and sewed my dress fist, Evie’s dress fabric choices were constrained by what I could fit on the scraps I had left and between our dresses I pretty much exactly used up what... [read more]

Here we are with my Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirt made with Simply By Ti’s Stretch Poplin** I don’t think I’ve sewn a blouse that was easier to make. After muslining the bodice I shortened things up to fit me and it was smooth sailing from there. The Bonn pattern instructions are super easy to … Continue reading Bonn Shirt – featuring Simply By Ti Stretch Poplin

According to our annual survey, only 43% of you follow us on Instagram… so I thought you blog-only folks might like an update on what you are missing!

(Don’t worry, you will always get the most important content by reading the blog — that’s our focus. There are some fun extras on Instagram though!) 

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Core Content: We post Monday, Wednesday and Friday about the new posts up on the blog. We also post in stories about new content, which lets you swipe up and be directed straight to the post. It’s a handy way to read our content on the go!

Ask The Sewcialists: On Saturdays, we often have a discussion question — and wow, the comments come in thick and fast! So far we’ve discussed topics like following “body doubles”, plus-size refashioning, which serger to buy, and how to print PDF patterns from a tablet. If you have a question, send us a DM on... [read more]

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