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Making my own chore jacket – final part!

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Greetings 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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Making my own chore jacket – part 3

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Greetings 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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Making my own Chore jacket – part 2

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I 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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Making my own Chore jacket – part 1

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Even with the very best of intentions, this project has been a slow starter. It’s been sitting on a shelf in the hallowed room of sewing for around a year now. I did post about it half a year back, when I thought I had worked up the gumption to give it a go (read here), so let’s let that one…

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Getting into #armystyle – part 3

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So, here we are back again for part 3 of my #armystyle guide. If you missed the first instalment of this gripping series, you can find it here, this part covered a little background and gave you the simple rule of keeping the obviously army items to a single piece. Part two is here, and this part looks at what is obviously…

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Getting into #armystyle – part 2

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If you missed the first instalment of this gripping series on #armystyle, you can find it here. This is part 2 and whereas the first part covered a little background and gave you the simple rule of keeping the obviously army items to a single piece, this part will look at what is obviously army and how we can work…

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My best travel tip, and it’s almost free

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“My best travel tip, and it’s almost free”, a title straight off the viral clickbait pages, eh? It actually is though and it’s something I’ve been meaning to mention for ages, if only because it’s a damn good tip and I’ve never seen anyone else mention it. Ever. And for that reason it deserves to go viral and bring me…

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Getting into #armystyle – part 1

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Ever alert to emerging trends, finger on the fashion pulse and garrulously gazing at garments, I can’t help but note that army-inspired style appears to be totally on trend this season. Much like they are every season really, more or less. Probably a little more really, as a quick recce through H&M shows that they are hopped up on olive…

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A micro guide to menswear shopping in Helsinki

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A couple of weeks back I found myself with a few hours to spare in the Finnish town Helsinki. Now this may sound like a case of waking up in a foreign place, sore of head, empty of wallet and no recollection of how I got there. This was nothing of that nature though, I did actually willingly fly there, as…

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Time for some sewing again… Merchant & Mills jacket!

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After a long and basically threadless Spring and Summer (bare the occasional button that needed sewing, naturally) it’s time to see about firing up the sewing machine again. Yes, I know, the blue corduroy waistcoat is still unfinished, and every time someone asks I think that it must surely be time to finish it. And it will happen, I promise! In…

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