Massive apologies to anyone who has been following along with this Fun With Fit series and waiting for this final instalment. The unforgivably long gap since part 5 is down to various unavoidable life changes but nevertheless you have my sincerest apologies! Now lets talk sleeves… Having fitted our armscyes last time we are now ready […]

Thank you all so much for your kind words and congratulations on my last post, because so many of you expressed an interest in winning a copy of the Emmeline pattern I have actually picked two winners at random. I hope you enjoy the pattern Nathalie and Helen, drop me an email with your postal details […]

A house in the country, a baby bump and a giveaway.

14 May 2015
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Hello everyone, I’m so sorry for the big gap since my last post on here. Whilst this little space on the internet has been gathering more dust that Miss Havisham’s banquet table I have been busy moving to a little chalet bungalow in the woods and making it to the halfway mark of my first […]

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Fun with Fit part 5: fixing temporary discrepancies and fitting the armscye

13 February 2015
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Hi everyone and apologies for the lack of post last week, we have been busy fighting off a grotty cold in our house. In this week’s fun with fit we are going to begin by addressing a couple of temporary issues that are the result of the slash and spread or slash and overlap approach we […]

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Fun with Fit Part 4: marking up and sewing the toile.

29 January 2015
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Hello everyone, welcome to part four of fun with fit, this week we are actually going to be working with some fabric at last! We need to begin by transferring all our markings onto our calico and cutting it out. It is very important that we transfer all of our darts and seam lines and our […]

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Fun with Fit Part 3: horizontal pre-adjustments

22 January 2015
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Hello and welcome back to another Fun with Fit. After taking our body measurements and making our vertical pre- adjustments last time we should hopefully be beginning this session with a fitting shell that has it’s bustline , waist and hipline in the correct positions for our bodies. We are now going to use a similar […]

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Fun with Fit Part 2: tracing your pattern and vertical pre-adjustments

16 January 2015
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Hello and welcome back to Fun with Fit! In this second session we are going to do the following: * Trace our fitting shell patterns and transfer ALL markings * Choose a cup size of B, C or D as a starting point and apply it to our bodice front pattern piece using the Butterick […]

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Fun With Fit- Part 1: an introduction and gather your supplies

8 January 2015
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Hello and welcome to Fun with Fit! Contrary to my tongue in cheek title and illustration, fit is a serious business in a dressmakers world. A well fitting garment is flattering and comfortable to wear but not always very easy to achieve. It can be quite tricky to pin point what exactly  is causing a […]

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Reflections and a new chapter…

4 January 2015
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The third new year has passed since I started this blog but this will be the first one I have documented here. I spent my early morning reading several such posts from some of my favourite bloggers and it got me reflecting on my year and my hopes and plans for the year ahead. The Little […]

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My New Pattern Label: Introducing The Emmeline Tee

7 December 2014
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all really well. I have been all consumed with a very exciting project just recently which is why I haven’t blogged anything for a little while. Thankfully it is finally ready to share with you guys- hooray! As those of you who have been following this blog for a […]

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Featherdown Sweater | Kim Hargreaves Asma

18 October 2014
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Despite having an almost continual chain of knitting projects on the go very few ever make it onto this blog for some reason. Co-incidentally the last one that did was also pale blush pink and fluffy, unfortunately that one had to be donated to charity as I knitted it from Angora yarn before knowing about the […]

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Summer’s last gasp | silk cami | gypsy skirt

20 September 2014
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Last night we went for a picnic on the common near to where we live. It has been a hot and muggy week here in London and it seemed like we should be trying to enjoy the last vestiges of summer; I say ‘trying’ as I am an Autumn/Winter girl and am keenly anticipating October […]

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Marlena | 1930s Skirt

26 August 2014
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Recently I have been particularly enamoured with 1930’s fashions and decided I needed a 1930s skirt in my life. As I may well have mentioned one of my all time favourite films is Glorious 39; it has an absolutely enchanting atmosphere, a storyline with more twists than a bindweed plant and the costumes- well there […]

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A little vintage apron

16 August 2014
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To quote the beautiful Sophie Dahl ‘I have always been interested in food, primarily because I have always been interested in eating it’. This sums up entirely my third biggest hobby after sewing and knitting- baking! Just like the desire for pretty vintage style clothes feeds my sewing drive, the desire to eat cakes feeds my inclination […]

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