Creative Calico – William Gee Product Review

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It has been around since the 11th Century and one of the most versatile, yet underrated fabrics ever made. A simple plain weave of (normally unbleached) cotton with a firm hand, Calico has more uses for crafters than you might think. From making ‘toiles’, cheap bags, aprons and for backing quilts, you will find Calico in […]

Want to Learn Tailoring skills? – For Free?

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Hello my amazing sewists/sewcialists/seamsters…The weather has been good lately, the great British Sewing Bee is coming back and I have been busy tailoring, so what could be better? Well……… How about spending a day with me, in my studio, learning Tailoring skills? I am offering one lucky person the chance to join me and learn […]

Moon 120 Thread – William Gee Product Review

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If you sew, you will almost certainly have heard of William Gee haberdashery; well certainly if you are in the UK. The family run business in London has been trading since 1906 and is certainly one of the biggest haberdasheries in the UK. With over 9000 products in stock, you are sure to find the […]

Mid year review – Yes I’m back!

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OK, no apologies but its half way through 2018 (where has the time gone?) and once again my lack of blogging has been noticeable. I thought I would post a little mid year review, just so you don’t think I have abandoned you all. The trouble is finding time to blog as often as I […]


Insides Out – Competition time

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Wow! It has been amazing seeing and reading all of my guest bloggers who have contributed to my ‘Insides Out’ feature. I am sure it has inspired you to try different techniques when finishing the insides of your garments? It has inspired me. We had Di showing us the tricky techniques she used on her […]

Insides Out From A (relative) Newbie

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It’s so exciting to be writing a post for Jamie’s blog Male Devon Sewing! I’ve known Jamie for a while – he’s a family friend and made my sister-in-law’s wedding dress. THE dress that was mentioned in his ‘where are they now’ at the end of his series of Great British Sewing Bee. Now that’s what […]

My Insides out!

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Hi I’m Nicky from Sewandsnip. I’ve really enjoyed reading the contributions so far to Jamie’s idea of Insides Out and am pleased to be able to take part too. I’ve always felt that a neat inside makes me feel like I’m wearing something that I’ve taken care over producing. With limited sewing time my normal […]

Lining Up!

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When I started sewing, back in the late 1970s [ouch] I only knew one way to finish seams, and that was zig-zagging.  So that’s what I did, for many, many years, as I couldn’t afford an overlocker, until just 6 years ago.  I made a  very small number of lined garments in those years, in […]