Oh, you sew! Can you hem my trousers?

Heard that one before?

When I tell people I sew, most people immediately think of all the clothes they have that need mending. And how easy it would be for me to hem their trousers, sew on a missing button, repair a hole. Let it be clear, I love sewing. I hate mending. And I reckon most people that sew would tell you the same thing.

But I’m guilty of such faux pas myself, in the past I’m sure I’ve said to a teacher “Oh! how nice it must be to have the summer off.”

To a physio, “I’ve a really annoying pain in my shoulder, when I move my arm like this, what should I do?” 

To a DJ “Play something that everyone will get up and dance to”.

To a traffic warden… actually I don’t talk to traffic wardens. Continue reading

My 2017 Fashion Resolution

If you had looked in my wardrobe last year and looked again this year, you would notice a big difference. It’s half full, or half empty (depending on how optimistic you are). “Why?” I hear you say, “Did the fashion police confiscate your harem pants?” Continue reading

London Sew Social

tea towel

Tea towel illustrated by Toya (Made by Toya). Printed by Spoonflower.

Last year I went to Paris to meet 13 strangers. This year some of those ‘strangers’ (plus some extra strangers) came to London. And can you believe, like a naive teenager I let two of those strangers stay at my house. And that was after explaining ‘stranger danger’ to my 8 year old. Continue reading

Battle of the Stitches: Round 3

We’re back for Battle of the Stitches: Round 3. Needle and Ted vs Made by Toya with special guests Fliegfederfrei and Made by Sara.

For this battle we go back, way back, a stitch back in time…

Simplicity vintage sewing pattern - child's jumpsuit

Simplicity Patterns Ltd. 39-45 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9RD. Printed in Great Britain. 1975.

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