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Sewing with Tencel

I am a big fan of Tencel™ (otherwise known as lyocell – the difference is merely a case of copyright; Tencel is a brand owned by the Lenzing corporation). Tencel™ is a rayon substrate—a semi-synthetic textile composed of cellulosic regenerated fibres; it is produced using non-toxic NMMO instead of the highly toxic carbon disulfide that […]

My Valentine’s Look Book

I considered doing some fabric shopping for Valentine’s Day until it suddenly hit me – I have an array of items in my handmade wardrobe that are perfect for the occasion. Whether it’s for date night or to go for a few cocktails with the girls, it’s always nice to make the effort on Valentine’s […]

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

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 wrong in their rude assumption… I […]