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Want to sew a shirt dress with interesting details, but without sleeve plackets or a gazillion buttons? Welcome to the M6885 shirt dress!

This is a dream to wear. Classic 101 burgers & shakes belmont ca I can say that with confidence because I’ve already worn it for a meeting. Classic 101 burgers The true test of a successful make is whether or not you sit twitching, fidgeting and tugging when you should be erudite, focussed and professional.

Classic 101 burgers menu I’m not saying I’m any of the latter, but at least I wasn’t twitching.

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius

The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. Best cocktails for a crowd But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it.

Life has seriously got in the way of this make, and progress has been achingly slow. Easy holiday cocktails for a crowd It’s been worth it, though. Easy summer cocktails for a crowd If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll have seen most steps along the way. Best cocktails in san francisco The lawn cotton is from The Sewcial Studio. Simple cocktails with gin It’s been a dream to sew with, and I don’t say that lightly. Simple cocktails to make at home (Though I recommend a microtex needle, and it’s best not to leave pins in the fabric overnight.)

There’s been a distinct lack of sewing at Did You Make That Towers, largely because there’s been a distinct lack of home time at Did You Make That Towers! I’m 200 miles from home in Haworth, West Yorkshire.

Haworth was the home of the Brontes. Best summer cocktails for a crowd As a student, I spent a summer working at the Bronte Parsonage, and two of my university friends would come and visit me. Great cocktails with vodka Little did we know that this cobbled village would become our lifelong mutual touchstone; the place we returned to as our lives scrolled through marriages, jobs, pets, children, homes, journeys and adventures.

So, what better way to celebrate our latest reunion than with a bottle of something cold, crisp and fizzy.

• Overlocker thread in a variety of colours. Classic 1920 cars Stock up when you see it.

• Microtex needles , fine enough for your more delicate projects.

• Pins regularly need replacing. Classic 1920s cocktails As Ooobop‘s mother would tell you, throw out a blunt pin immediately! (I always think of Janene’s mum when I toss a pin. Top 10 cocktails for women I’ve never actually met the woman.)

• Quality interfacing. Cheap cocktails for a crowd I really need to stock up on mine from here.

I’m trying to even out the balance between blog reading and physical books. Classic radio flyer wagon Here’s what is in my reading pile:

• Two YA novels I really recommend: Wing Jones and Seven Days of You .

• I’m brushing up on my Shakespeare, because I have tickets booked to see Twelfth Night at The National starring Tamsin Greig.

• I spotted this sage green old sewing book last summer and couldn’t resist buying it. Classic radio fm The tone can be a bit dour, but that’s half the fun of reading it:

Some know instinctively what suits them, while others never trouble, but rashly choose some colour or style that attracts the eye, the result usually being disastrous.

• I learnt about the Chalkboard Method from Braid Creative and I LOVE it. Classic radio shows My chalkboard is from Flying Tiger but I’m secretly hankering after these . Classic radio repair Every Monday I write down one goal for the week, prop up my chalkboard somewhere I can see it every time I walk into the office … and you can bet your bottom dollar that task gets done. Classic radio Incredibly simple, incredibly effective.

• Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? 25 minutes dedicated work, rewarded by 5 minutes play. Classic radio commercials If I need to plough through a project with no distractions, this is what I use to stop myself wasting yet another hour on Twitter. Easy cocktails to make at home I don’t bother downloading an app, just use this uber simple online Pomodoro.

• Deadlines. Easy cocktails with malibu rum What’s that famous Douglas Adams quote? I love deadlines. Classic bathroom I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Classic bathroom vanity Nah. Classic bathroom tile I love a good deadline and I love meeting it.

• My final piece of motivation? A sewing project that needs completing. Classic bathroom designs pictures On which note, I’m off to sew!

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FINAL TOP TIP Girl Charlee UK is having a flash sale over the weekend. Best place for cocktails in san francisco Go, check it out!

15mm. Classic radio fm kenya I never knew this tiny measurement would become such a key part of my life. Classic radio fm uk But it’s the standard seam allowance in most sewing patterns and now I can eyeball 15mm with impressive accuracy.

It’s not always clever or wise to eyeball, so sometimes I use measuring tools. Classic radio fm online Get me! If I don’t have a measuring tool, I use my thumb. Old 1920 cars From thumb tip to the base of my nail is about 15mm. Best cocktails with gin (That’s how long my thumb is. Easy cocktails with gin You should measure first if you want to sew by your own rule of thumb.)

First of all, the winner of my Liberty tana lawn giveaway is … Foodie Nelly! I’ll be in touch for a postal address, my friend. Classic radio club of boston Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last blog post. Classic radio jingles You’ve given me a lot of brilliant feedback regarding future blog posts!

Looking for the perfect dress to layer with cardies, that can make either a summer or winter outfit? Welcome to the Butterick 5455! It’s a much lauded pattern, sadly out of print. Classic rock radio online free Source it, if you can.

Look at the gorgeous bodice detail with those tiny and flattering pleats. Classic country music radio online free Linen works well, and you can see why.

Do you know what’s really good about a bodice that’s fitted with pleats? If the final make still isn’t sitting quite snug enough to the neckline, you can just add an extra couple of pleats! That’s what I did.

I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric.

Mark crease lines in chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. Classic country radio online free Then thread trace the lines, ideally in a silk thread. American classic bathroom vanity (Silk thread is super slippery, which makes it much easier to remove the basting.)

When I decided to leave a steady job, I discovered allies and compatriots in the most unlikely of places.

Whilst packing up my office desk and handing in my security pass, I was also opening up Did You Make That to blog buttons, something I’d never done before.

One of the first people to engage with me was Mark Creasey of Girl Charlee UK. Classic bathroom vanity cabinets He’d re-envisioned his own career to become part of the sewing world and had some great words of wisdom for me:

It’s better to fail at something you love, than succeed at something you hate.

I wanted to interview Mark on his own new life and what he made of the sewing community. Modern classic bathroom designs Thankfully, he agreed to indulge me!

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