Rosie skirt

My new Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post is now up on their site. I made the skirt variation of the So Over It Rosie Dress in a lovely navy linen and cotton blend dress fabric.

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April showers

I made a coat! Well, the Kwik Sew children's raincoat (pattern 3941) anyway. After making a few things for the kids recently I fancied a new challenge.

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Winter red Betty Dress

Head over to the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network to check out my first make - a long-sleeved version of the Sew Over It Betty Dress, just in time for Christmas.

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New adventures

I love autumn. It's my favourite time of year. Possibly because I have a September birthday, or possibly because I work for a university and autumn means the start of the academic year.

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Lovely, lovely fabric shopping

A couple of weeks ago I went on a fabrictastic shopping trip to Goldhawk Rd (Shepherd's Bush, West London) organised by the lovely Janet of Kitchen Table Sewing.

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Sewing, technology and self-directed learning

I recently wrote a blog post for work. My day job is as a Senior Technology-Enhanced Learning Designer at The Open University. I was interested in reflecting on the self-directed learning methods I'd been using in teaching myself to sew.

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My love affair with the Ruby dress

The Ruby dress was one of the first dresses I made. It was a free pattern from Issue 4 of Love Sewing magazine a couple of years ago when I first got into dressmaking.

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How to sew an easy girls' skirt

So, Spring is here (well, almost) and our small people just keep growing. Here's an easy peasy pattern for an elasticated waist skirt you can make in an hour or two.

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Making a Mimi blouse

I've finally finished my first blouse; the Mimi blouse from Tilly Walnes' brilliant Love at First Stitch. If you don't have a copy (and are interested in dressmaking) I would thoroughly recommend it.

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