Spoonflower Quick-Sew Project book review

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So, Spoonflower asked me to review their new book and I thought, well why not! If you want an honest opinion about something sewing related, then I suppose I’m your gal. Honesty is the best policy, right? Even if you do get a free book out of it and some lovely fabric, you still gotta tell the truth.

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.” 

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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My honest opinion about Spoonflower fabric

Needle_and_Ted_starfish swimsuits_flatlay_1.jpg5 years ago when I stopped shopping and started my challenge to sew ‘everything’ for my girls, I had a list of things that were exempt:

  • a winter coat (I wasn’t skilled enough)
  • school uniform (I couldn’t compete with Sainsbury’s)
  • underwear (they had enough)
  • plain t-shirts (boring!)
  • jeans (Levi Strauss could do it better)
  • swimwear (who sews swimwear?)

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Food, friends & fabric

2015 we did PARIS, 2016 we did LONDON, this year it was AMSTERDAM and oh what fun we had. For the most part, it was food, friends and fabric. Well, what else do you need on a sewing blogger meet up?

Actually, would you believe the fabric part was kept to a minimum, buying fabric that is. We were more interested in printing fabric. One of the highlights of our trip was a Bobbinhood Screen Printing Workshop. I took with me 1.3m of light pink Stretch Sweatshirting from NOSH fabric and a design idea that Scout had given me. It’s always good to involve my girls when making clothes for them. It’s a psychological trick just like when you let your kids cook with you and they happily eat things they would never have tried otherwise. Continue reading

See you at 6…

…and don’t be late

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I’ve often wondered about the effectiveness of someone telling you not to be late. Does it really work? Does it prevent traffic or falling asleep on the sofa? Or is there the assumption that you are purposely intending to be late? Wouldn’t they be better off simply saying, ‘Come early’? Continue reading