Pre-washing Fabric: Is it Really Necessary?


One of the first rules in sewing is to pre-wash your fabric before you cut it out, so that any fabric shrinkage is taken care of before the garment is made. Who wants to spend hours sewing a new garment, wear it once, then find out after the first wash that it has shrunk beyond wearable? […]

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All Tied Up Blouse


I sewed this tie-neck blouse back in April and it has finally made it onto the blog. I have been wearing it all winter – so it’s a goodie! The pattern is the same as my other tie-neck blouse I made last year, bar a couple of minor tweaks. I raised the neck split a bit to make it […]

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5 Sewing Tips for September


I’ve been participating in House of Pinhiero’s SewPhotoHop on Instagram this month, and one of the days focused on sewing tips.  As I searched my blog looking for something to put up I realised how many handy little one-liner tips are hidden within larger posts in my blog, never to be seen or heard of […]

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Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt


Late last year Tasia sent me a couple of her Sewaholic patterns to review, the Fraser sweatshirt and the Dunbar top.  I made the sweatshirt immediately because I had the fabric in stock, and was waiting until I finished the Dunbar top to blog about it, but I haven’t even started it and time is passing! This top is […]

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Industry Insights – Creating a Collection

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This month my work has kind of overtaken my life, leaving no time for much else! Dinners have been rushed heat-and-eat affairs, marathon training has fizzled out, and as for reading sewing blogs – well, forget it! Now the big deadline has been and gone I have finally found time to blog – that’s far more […]

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