Monthly Archives: January 2017

Patternless dressmaking

Remember Chinelo? Anyone who watched the 2014 series of the Great British Sewing Bee will remember one of the finalists, Chinelo Bally.  She produced stunning garments by measuring her model in an unconventional way and then transferring those measurements directly … Continue reading

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I won a mug!

I heard last week that my smocked evening bag project was a runner-up in a hand sewing contest run by Instructables. There only was one proper prize (and 25 runners-up), so I had no real expectation of winning even though … Continue reading

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Winter knitting

I’ve put my orangey Saint Rémy sweater to one side for now, as it’s really not the weather for wearing a lightweight jumper.  I’ll pick it up again in a couple of months’ time, then it will be finished in … Continue reading

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A smocking success

Well, my experiment in Canadian smocking (aka lattice smocking) has gone well.  I am now the proud possessor of a new evening bag, something I was very much in need of.  It’s just a shame that the Christmas / New … Continue reading

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A bag tutorial and experimental smocking

Regular readers will know that I make frequent use of the Instructables website, both to post my own tutorials (craft-related and otherwise) and to learn from others’ efforts.  Instructables regularly runs themed competitions to encourage users to post high quality … Continue reading

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