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What I've Been Up To ........

By Di, May 10 2019 10:23AM

First of all I must apologise for not blogging much recently. There's a really good reason for this as I've been writing for other national and international magazines! I feel priviledged to be asked.


So here's a run down of a few things I've been doing.

My first article for Sew Today, the magazine for the major pattern brands, features my Missoni type knit fabric for McCall's 7692 where I altered the top to be more functional.

I might make these trousers again with a self drafted top to make a jumpsuit......


Watch out for future issues as I have a lingerie article already written and been asked what I would like to make next.


I've been pattern testing a Mary Quant inspired dress for Alice and Co to coincide with the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A.

This simple shift dress has an option for sleeves as well as neckline and pocket variations. It's FREE to download from the V&A website.


My Fibres and Fabrics glossary is beginning to take shape, although it does need formatting and pictures adding. You can see what I'm working on HERE where you'll find a chart identifying how different fibres fall into specific categories, plus a link to an article about cotton and different fabrics made from it (This is defintely a work in progress...)!.


My sewing time has been taken up working on a prom outfit for a relative, I'll look forward to getting pictures of it at the prom. Here it is at the final fitting.... made from shot taffeta and it even has pockets!

The jacket is based on McCall's 7513

I altered the shape of the peplum as well as changing the angle of the roll line so it only has a single rouleau button fastening.


Finally I was extremely excited to have an article commissioned for Threads magazine that should see me being a featured contributor in the August/September issue!


Now to get back to working on my fibres and fabrics glossary ....it's going to take some time, but I'll keep you informed as I add to it.

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