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Motivation to Mend

Mending has never been my favourite occupation, but I’m learning to appreciate the art more lately. Pled ing to buy no new clothes for several more months has sharpened my attention on making what I have last longer – giving clothes… Continue Reading →

Gas-guzzling clothes

A few days ago I came across this article on Twitter – There is a major climate issue hiding in your closet: fast fashion. It resonated with me as I’ve been thinking, for a while now, about not buying clothes. Read… Continue Reading →

And the Bride Wears Wool

Last month I got married. And, what did the bride wear? Why, wool of course – a homemade outfit made in Scottish and Welsh wool. Those who know me well would not be the least bit surprised. Why wool? The… Continue Reading →

No Nylon Socks

Socks aren’t an article of clothing that I would most associate with nylon. Sportswear, yes, but socks?   However, sometime ago, I saw a link to a No Nylon Sock KAL Project (a KAL, or Knit-a-Long, run by Joeli Creates)… Continue Reading →

No new clothes: The Seamless Pledge

I’ve joined the Seamless Pledge, and this is the pledge: I, Liz Pearson, take the Seamless pledge for a year. I will abstain from buying any new clothes until the end of my pledge. I will find ways to be… Continue Reading →

#MenditMay: re-mend it

On the last day of Mend It May I’m reviewing what’s on my mend-it pile. It occurred to me that I have some re-mends to do and some mending that I know will eventually turn into re-mend projects, simply because… Continue Reading →

Freehand pattern drafting versus standard pattern drafting

I’ve been comparing pattern drafting by the freehand method (drafting directly on to fabric) and standard drafting of paper pattern pieces. I wore an outfit to a friend’s wedding recently that I made by using both methods. Some time ago… Continue Reading →

Is it worth making your own sewing patterns?

Have you wondered if it might be worthwhile to draw up (or draft) your own sewing patterns? Whilst shop bought sewing patterns have a lot of flexibility built in to allow you to fit to your height and shape, there… Continue Reading →

Flea Fair Finds: Vintage fabric

Recently I went to the Malvern Flea Fair (my nearest flea market), and came home with two pieces of charming vintage tartan and cotton fabric of – I don’t know what age – but I liked it. I frequent the fair, usually… Continue Reading →

How to straighten unravelled wool: Frugal ways with old knitwear

I have several balls of unravelled wool which I would like to use for the crochet afghan I have had on the go for a while now. They are years old, are pure wool, were my grandmother’s (my Nan’s), and… Continue Reading →

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