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Peaky Blinders, how to buy the style


Reading Time: 7 minutesIt’s impossible to ignore the influence of the Peaky Blinders these days. Season four of the BBC series recently ended and there a fifth season has been promised, so the Blinders will no doubt be part of the public consciousness for a while yet. Unless you’ve been living in a dark cave, with only your little fishies for companionship, it’s…

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Grooming: A sensible and low key take on male grooming


Reading Time: 9 minutesI’ve had a few emails asking me about my “grooming regime”. I take this to mean there are people curious about how much coconut water I drink, which mud-masks I prefer on a rainy Tuesday evening, which carefully formulated lotions and potions I enjoy slathering my skin with, whether I prefer hair tonic to gin & tonic, whither scents of…

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Making a waistcoat from a vintage army tent


Reading Time: 8 minutesSewing is not something I’m doing all the time, it’s a passion that can flail up, burn strong and then go back into dormancy. Really I’m more about the ideas than actually the actual cutting, assembling and sewing. Not to say I don’t enjoy it, there is a huge amount of satisfaction in seeing a project through from idea to…

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Sew your own: Making a waistcoat from field pants


Reading Time: 7 minutesA few weeks back I was doing a little thrifting and came across a pair of vintage Norwegian army field pants. Super condition, worn in and undamaged. Mine for a pound. Score! Only, in the same way I don’t wear denim jackets, I don’t really wear field pants either. A quirk of taste or a physical manifestation of an inner…

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New project! Corduroy trousers!


Reading Time: 6 minutesWell, I put the question of what my next project should be to the Internet, and the Internet responded. With a convincing voice the answer was “Thee shall go forth and attempt to create trousers from corduroy fabric!”. Sounds a little dramatic, but right now it also feels as like it. I’ve never made trousers before and to be honest,…

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Backpacks for work and pleasure


Reading Time: 11 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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Making my own chore jacket – final part!


Reading Time: 10 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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Making my own chore jacket – part 3


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. 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


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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Making my own Chore jacket – part 1


Reading Time: 6 minutesEven 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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