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Sewing for Beginners: Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

Sewing for Beginners: Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

Back when the first Sewing Bee was launched, I declared that I would begin making my own clothes and before long, I would have my own handmade wardrobe. It started well; I eagerly ordered an A-line skirt pattern and dedicated an afternoon to making up a sample. I patiently inserted a zip, and followed the instructions to the letter. My finished skirt was rubbish and quickly discarded to the rubbish pile. My experience with sewing patterns hasn’t always been great. At this point, I should say that I haven’t tried out every range of patterns; this is just my limited...

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Back to Basics: Bunting

Back to Basics: Bunting

I love bunting. So much so, that for my wedding I decided to make 100 metres of it! There are many different methods for making bunting, some quick, some more time consuming. In this post, I'll be showing you my method. I'll say upfront that this isn't the quickest way, but it does ensure that you will have beautiful, fray-free bunting that will last you many years! You will need: Fabric Coordinating thread Sewing machine Fabric scissors Bunting tape or bias binding Paper, a pencil, and a set square Pins An iron Method Make your template It's tempting just to draw...

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Signature Bakes: Hummingbird Bakery Lemon Loaf

Signature Bakes: Hummingbird Bakery Lemon Loaf

I'm a firm believer that everyone should have at least one signature bake. That thing which you always get asked to make by your friends, family, or colleagues whenever a cake is needed. I've got a few signature bakes, but one of the most requested is a lemon loaf cake from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. The first Hummingbird Bakery cookbook is my go-to for cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and of course lemon cake. Easy to make, these recipes always deliver. I’m yet to find another cupcake recipe which works as well! When I was asked by a friend to help with...

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5 Key Thoughts from Blogtacular

5 Key Thoughts from Blogtacular

Before we begin, this is a long post, best read with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit! This will be my last post on Blogtacular, at least for a while. I intend to reflect properly in a few months time to fully understand what I got from the day and what changes I’ve made, but for now, lets focus on the event itself. I’ve already written about the wonderful people, and the inspiring photo walk, but what about the main event, the actual conference? I woke up at 7am raring to go, doing my usual morning routine of...

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How Do You Write About an Event Like Blogtacular?

How Do You Write About an Event Like Blogtacular?

How do you even begin to sum up your Blogtacular experience in a blog post? This was a question I began to ask myself, and quickly realised that it couldn't be done. At least not by me. There is just so much I want to say, that I'm going to be doing it over the course of a few posts over the coming weeks. So where to begin? The photowalks? The party? The big event itself? Well, no. It's something far more important than that. I blogged last month about why I would be attending Blogtacular, and set myself three...

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