A Brand New Year. Well, Almost.

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Hello there sewists, and welcome to 2014! So far, 2014 is a completely different animal than it’s older sibling 2013. I started a new job at the beginning of the year, and have been going full-steam with training. So, while I’ve been sewing a fair bit, my blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. Hopefully once I get used to the work and my new schedule, I can get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. Also, I’m hoping to buy a dress form in the not-too-distant future, which I’m totes going to use for dress shoots.

Sorry folks, but a model I ain’t. Also, it’s far easier to shoot another body, especially one that’s really good at standing still :).

I had a wee break between finishing my old job and starting training for the new one, so  the Gentleman and I managed to have a nice weekend in Franschhoek. We tasted wine and browsed the main street, and even managed to find a cool little used bookstore hidden down a side street. It’s fun when you turn left instead of right and find something you would never have discovered otherwise.  Continue reading

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An ode to Polytrace

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Regular readers of my blog (or readers of my comments on other blogs) will know that my tracing situation has been a bit unusual. While everyone else uses lovely swedish tracing paper, or that gridded paper that looks all professional; I have been muddling along with plastic book cover rolls. Continue reading

My New Foot

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My new blind hem foot, that is!  I’ve been a bit obsessed with perfecting my blind hems at the moment (lots of practicing mini-hems on scraps of fabric), and had gotten fairly good at doing them with a regular foot.  Still, I really wanted, absolutely had to have, and became a bit single-minded about getting a proper blind hem foot. This was easier said than done. Continue reading