Seams and Stresses

Sew little time, sew much to do

Last week I visited some of my friends in Sweden. It was glorious! I even swam in a lake for the first time ever! One of my friends was making a beautiful hand-embroidered, medieval-style mobile phone bag, using the most... Continue Reading →

Wise old owls (McCalls M6713)

"There was a wise old owl Who lived in an oak The more he heard The less he spoke The less he spoke The more he heard Why aren't you like that wise old bird?" I've been gone for quite... Continue Reading →


I'm still alive! I promise! The last few weeks have been busy with working on some assignments for my Masters' project, and a little bit of baking (not loads, but enough!) My partner has also taken over my sewing table... Continue Reading →

White Ruffled Petticoats

When I was about 17 I came across a company called Gibbous. Gibbous makes really pretty dresses, using scraps of old materials to create something that is more made of scraps than it is anything else. Their style is beautiful,... Continue Reading →

Experimental Sewing

I've been learning to use Alice over the last week or so, including playing with some of the new feet I bought for her. I've only played with a couple so far - the rest I will need to play... Continue Reading →

New and Old: Bobbins

My bobbins arrived this morning. Shiny new ones! Yay! First task: fill at least one new bobbin with black thread so I could fix my partner's jeans. His hem had come undone on one side. Ay - there's the rub.... Continue Reading →

It lives!( the case of the mysterious ruffler)

Felt much better today, so most of the day was spent at work. On my return, however, I decided to have a bit of a play with the ruffler. A bit of a recap: two and a half years ago... Continue Reading →

Old and New: The Singer 28K

I've been curled up in a ball shivering most of the day as I'm not too well, but my partner was kind enough to go and collect my new sewing machine! Meet Alice: 125 years old, and still working wonderfully!... Continue Reading →

Old and New

I did something slightly naughty yesterday. I bought a new sewing machine. Or rather, a vintage one. And tomorrow, I can go and collect her (she's a her - all sewing machines are!) Anyhow, I had been discussing buying an... Continue Reading →

Past Projects: The Retro-archaeologist

Retroarchaeology: the art of putting things in the ground for future archaologists to find. This dress was based primarily on a concept which I stole (borrowed actually) from the wonderful Dr Geof, who created the marvellous Retroarchaeologist's patch which has... Continue Reading →

Past Makes: Mary Poppins? (Butterick B4954)

I made this set back in late 2014/early 2015, using a strange suedette fabric. I still have a lot of that fabric (the reason why will become clear later) Anyhow, this set consists of a skirt and a jacket, and looks... Continue Reading →

Simplicity 1080

I've been a bit quiet recently. Sorry about that - I've been trying to catch up on an essay and had a few very busy weeks at work. This weekend, however, I decided to have a bit of a play,... Continue Reading →

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