A Brand New Year. Well, Almost.


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


An ode to Polytrace


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

Blind Hem Foot

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