Monthly Archives : June 2017

Help me out: What should my next project be?

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Reading Time: 3 minutesHaving finished up the “Foreman” jacket I find myself at a lose end now. Getting back into sewing has been kind of fun and I want to keep up the momentum. Plus, it’s been truly gratifying to receive so much feedback and support, so I’d like to ride the wave of approval and crack on with another piece of home-made…

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Backpacks for work and pleasure

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Reading Time: 10 minutesIt’s been a while now since I did one of my backpack guides, so maybe it’s time for a new one? This time I’m not going to go strictly for blackpack alternatives. Blackpack? You know, the black nylon backpack you typically get handed to you with your new laptop. The most generic, ugly and soulless piece of luggage you can…

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When “eco fashion” means “con-oaf, he is”

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Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s been a while now since I last posted a rant. You might be forgiven thinking that my more Meldrewesqe tendencies have been under control, my life has been utterly copacetic (such a great word, aren’t great words just the greatest?) and there was nothing around to make me shake my fist in annoyance. Yet, as I wander around, observing,…

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Another visit to Ye Olde Londinium – day three

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Reading Time: 9 minutesDid you miss day one or two? they’re right here and here. Day three was going to be our day of culture and high sophistication. This made perfect sense, as Easter Sunday is one of the very few days of the year that the commerce in London takes a day off. Usually everything is open all through the year. As it turned…

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Making my own chore jacket – final part!

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Reading Time: 9 minutesGreetings once again from the lab of sewing ones own clothes, or the den of slow fashion as it may more accurately be called. This instalment is part three of attempting to sew my own workwear style coat, using the “Foreman” pattern by Merchant & Mills. Previous parts: Part 1 is here Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. At the end…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part two

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Reading Time: 12 minutesAfter a busy day one (catch up on it here), day two I was up early and rearing to go. Having read the Hebridean crime novels and the accompanying photos book by Peter May, I was very excited to experience it first hand. Not so much the murders, mind you, but the Callenish Stones, the blachouses, the views and yes, even…

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Making my own chore jacket – part 3

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Reading Time: 8 minutesGreetings once again from the lab of sewing ones own clothes, or the den of slow fashion as it may more accurately be called. This instalment is part three of attempting to sew my own workwear style coat, using the “Foreman” pattern by Merchant & Mills. The other parts: Part 1 is here Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here.…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part one

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Reading Time: 9 minutesEver since I rediscovered Harris Tweed it has been a desire of mine to travel to the Hebrides and seek out it’s roots. Last year we did a mini-tour of Scotland and ended up in Ullapool, the village where the ferry to the Hebridean islands leaves from. Just a three hour trip on the ferry and I could have been…

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Making my own Chore jacket – part 2

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Reading Time: 6 minutesI left you at the end of part one having cut out all the pieces required to make the jacket, and applied interfacing to the bits that needed the extra rigidity. So far it was really just a case of following the simple and logical process of identifying the right size, carefully cutting out the pieces and doing a little ironing.…

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The Hebridean Instagrams

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Reading Time: 2 minutesWhile I finish my part one of my epic report of visiting the Hebrides to look at Harris Tweed, I though it would be nice to recap with the Instagram photos I posted while on my trip 2 weeks ago. Maybe you missed a few, or even all, or maybe you’ll just savour the opportunity of taking it in again?…

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