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Top Ten Online Fabric Shops

I thought I’d take 10 minutes out today to share a few of my favourite online fabric and haberdashery businesses. Having taken up sewing as the word went into lockdown, online fabric shopping is all I’ve known. There also isn’t a great variety of bricks and mortar dressmaking shops in Northern Ireland so shopping online […]

Fashioning Yourself through Sewing

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about sewing is the opportunity for self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are. The potential for this self-expression is heightened when we make our own clothes; we have unlimited choice of patterns, fabrics, colours and notions. As a bonus of […]

Sewing for others

Today I’m writing about sewing for other people – I don’t mean in a professional capacity; I mean sewing for friends and family. I have previously made a couple of Thread Theory Fairfield Shirts for Simon and have reviewed the pattern here. I took it as a good sign that as soon as I made […]

This Feminist Sews

Originally posted for Sew Anonymous 28.03.2021. This post was born out of a throwaway comment that was directed at me recently: “sewing is a bit of an anti-feminist hobby, isn’t it?”. When I recovered from the initial shock of such an uninformed and uninvited opinion, I was not shy of explaining why this person were […]

The Weighty Issue: What Size Matters?

This post was originally written for and published on the Sew Anonymous Sewist Blog. It’s mental health awareness week; my mental health and self-worth has always been linked to my weight. I have not always been comfortable with or accepting of my body. I was the chubby child who became the early developer with curves […]

Part Two – Cherry Print in Fashion

In Part One of this blog, I brought you a brief rundown of the symbolic significance of the cherry in culture from Medieval times to recent days. Fashion exists within that culture and so does the meaning of the fashion choices we make. As part of the #FruitSaladSewing challenge hosted by Yvette (@blossomsandwich) my plans are to sew up some cherry print. That could say a lot about me…