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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