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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Making my own Chore jacket – part 1

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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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Getting into #armystyle – part 3

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Reading Time: 6 minutesSo, 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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Someone asked: That poor John Elliott shirt, how did that go?

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Reading Time: 7 minutesSomeone dropped me a note the other day asking whatever happened with the ill-fated John Elliott shirt I bought in Edinburgh last year. It’s nice to be reminded, and it’s a clear hint that updating the original post about developments in such a thrilling story doesn’t reach out all that may be interested. So, while you could easily go back and…

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Ventile, the ugly facts they don’t tell you

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Reading Time: 8 minutesFour years ago I posted a pretty critical piece about a fabric that at the time was on the brink of enjoying something of a comeback. The main point of the article was that the historical facts that were being bandied about might not actually be as historical as they were made out to be. There was much talk of…

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The return of the Instagram roundup

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Reading Time: 3 minutesIt must be months if not a year now since I last posted a roundup of my finest Instagram moments. Granted, it may be more, or less, or something in between, but let’s not split hairs and graces, so to speak. Too much coffee? Hardly. Instagram does remain a nice way to post something I feel should be shared, when…

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