Archive for January, 2012

Like half the sewing blogosphere I’d been waiting impatiently for the spring Vogue patterns to come out. They’re now up on the US website although as I write this they’ve yet to become available in the UK. But that’s OK, this time I think I can wait. First impressions of the collection? What was the […]


Tracing-fest

25Jan12

I’m writing this on Sunday evening for posting on Wednesday, because my part-time teaching has just started up again and I expect to be spending the next few evenings marking piles of past papers. At least, I hope I will be. It’s worse to have nothing handed in at all! I spent the day tracing […]


My husband’s first reaction to my muslin of Vogue 1276 was to proclaim “You should not have come back, old man!”. I’m not entirely sure if it was Obi-wan Kenobi or Darth Vader he was reminded of. Personally I quite like it – and Jedi normally wear their robes ankle-length, not mid-calf. I haven’t got […]


Is it just me or are pattern envelope photos and illustrations misleading? I’m fairly sure this is why I buy so many Vogue patterns. The pattern envelopes are simply more attractive than the competition. And yet the envelope art usually bears little relation to the end result. I’ve lost count of the number of times […]


I’ve finished my mother’s kimono. Except I haven’t, because the sewing room looks like a bomb has hit it. Every surface is covered with fluffy polyester threads, including me. I think I’m going to have to vacuum everything, and I doubt the ironing board cover is ever going to be the same again. I never […]


Binding feet

11Jan12

This little thing is magical. It’s a binding foot. I’ve had it for a couple of years but never got round to using it until this week, when I realised I was going to have to bind fifteen metres of raw edges on my mother’s kimono. I’d normally use a narrow hem for this, but […]


Thank-you all so much for the nice comments on my last post about Vogue 1220. I can report it stands up to wearing at work pretty well. What I’m doing at the moment is making a kimono for my mother. I’ve made kimonos before. The one the one I posted about last year was made […]



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