Housecoat*

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*More commonly known as a dressing gown depending on where you live, what your mum calls it or how old you are.

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I spent my first 29 years calling it a dressing gown and switched to housecoat like a disloyal friend, after living with a Scotsman. Now, much to the annoyance of my sister, housecoat flows out of my mouth like I’ve been saying it forever. The only other words I can think of where this happened is for products, like Oil of Ulay which became Oil of Olay, but how often does one need to say Oil of Olay? Nike started being pronounced Nikey rhyming with spikey in the UK, less than 5 years ago. And I don’t even know how Opal Fruits became Starbursts. But it was Marathon that I resisted for as long as possible, and before long I had switched to Snickers without even realising it. Continue reading

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Spots vs dots. Stripes vs lines.

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You spot the difference and you dot your ‘i’s.

You cross the line and you earn your stripes.

But what’s the difference between a spot and a dot, a stripe and line? Maybe it’s a question for Helen & Olly because I can’t figure it out. Can you? Continue reading

Those anxious sewing feelings

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I’ve been sewing for a while now but I still get those anxious feelings at the start of every project. Will I like it? Will it turn out the way I want it to? Will the fabric suit the pattern? Will I make a mistake? Will I run out of fabric? Will I finish it? Will it fit? Will it suit me/my daughter? Will she wear it? Will I wear it? Will.i.am? Continue reading

Come Groove with me

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Nearly every time I sew something, a song gets in my head. Either the name of the pattern, the fabric I’m using or how the garment makes me feel determines the song. And I have a particular song for the dress I’m about to show you, I want you all to stop what you are doing, get up, let loose and take a few minutes to come groove with me.

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Come on ladies and gents, GET YOUR GROOVE ON!!!!!!!

And Sach if you’re reading this, I know you’ll be going crazy right now.

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It’s hard to not like something that’s amazing

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Hello and Happy New Year to you all. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I officially started Needle and Ted. Time to reflect (briefly).

I’ve come a long way since my first pair of harem pants. I was a beginner back then and I can’t quite work out what, how or when my knowledge and skills advanced me to the next level. But at the end of last year I made these dungarees. Spot the difference.

And my fabric choices are now a lot more considered. Ikea is no longer the first place I look if I’m making a dress. Yes, I used to make dresses from Ikea upholstery fabric as standard, and I thought the word ‘drape’ just referred to curtains.

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