Lace and local history


Today me and Simon wandered around Wardown Park Museum, Luton. They currently have a lace making exhibition which was very interesting. Continue reading


Great British Sewing Bee Book – Aztec Leggings


I decided that I’m going to try to make my way through all the patterns in my various books, starting with the first one I bought – The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh.

I’ve previously made the Girl’s Dress and got about halfway through the pencil skirt before adding it to the UFO pile. This time, I’ve decided to make the Aztec Leggings.

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Simplicity 1467 – Fit, fit, fit.

simplicity 1467Oh, it’s been so very, painfully long since I last wrote a post.

I’ve been minimally active on other social media (not following Thimble Minds yet? Click here), but have had a few things to deal with, such as my health and looking for somewhere new to live, which can be quite tricky when your other half demands a garage and you demand a sewing studio!

Speaking of sewing studios… I have reclaimed mine from becoming a storage room (see Sewing Room Sabotage). I have space, light and freedom to sew again.

So let’s get back to it, shall we?
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Great British Sewing Bee Book – Girls Dress


Series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee came at a time when I was just venturing into learning to sew. I hadn’t been watching it and while everyone was watching Episode 4 on TV, I was catching up on the previous episodes in between finding free patterns and reading extensive tutorials and vintage sewing books. I eventually bought the book from the series and hate to admit, but I don’t think I’ve finished any of the garments that were in it.

When my nieces bought Great British Sewing Bee Book Girls Dressme flowers and showered me with hugs and kisses, telling me that they missed me, I suddenly had the urge to make clothes on a much smaller scale. I’ve never made anything for children before, so thought I’d give it a go.

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Sew Slow – Why I’m quitting Fast Fashion

H&M sign - fast fashion

“Fast fashion” is a term used to refer to clothing that is produced very quickly and very cheaply, to respond to changing trends in fashion. If you live in the UK, think of Primark, H&M and more expensive shops like Next and Topshop.

One of the reasons I started dressmaking was because I was fed up with wandering around shops picking up garments I barely liked, because they were cheap and happened to fit “okay”.

I’ve realised that since I’ve been making my own clothes, I haven’t bought anything new. I’ve bought one or two items from charity shops. So I’ve vowed to quit buying Fast Fashion for good.

Here’s why…

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Meet Your Maker Part 2 – Finding style inspiration


If you haven’t yet, please read Part 1 of my posts on how to identify your own individual style. The previous post covers finding out what already works for you and what doesn’t.

With your notes you made after the first post, you may have an idea of what styles to avoid. You may also have identified particular colours or fabrics that you tend to be drawn to.

Now, you need to collect this information visually so that you have something to reference whilst exploring your style more…
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