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Oliver + S tunic and leggings

The lovely Melinda has been busy making up some more samples for the shop. If you come into the shop, or follow the blog, it is no secret that we absolutely love the Oliver + S range of children’s clothing patterns. The designs are stylish and smart, but very wearable. The Playtime Dress, Tunic and Leggings pattern is a great example of this. It looks really comfortable and easy to wear, and we thought it is very suitable for the changeable Spring weather. Read More

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Trail tote – by Anna Graham

This free fab bag pattern caught our eye recently, thank you Robert Kaufman! So when our delivery of Doe, by Carolyn Friedlander arrived we got straight to work…

The pattern is from Anna Graham of Noodlehead, who is known for designing good looking functional bags and quilts. This one is no exception. We made the larger bag first, and it is a really good size – perfect for phone, diary, keys, small make up bag, notebook and pen, tissues, you can also fit an old iPad 2 in it comfortably without looking bulky. The straps are adjustable, so you can move it to a length you are happy with. Read More

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Old and New sewing machines

One of the perks of servicing and repairing sewing machines, is that we get to see so many different types. It is always interesting chatting to customers who bring in older machines and hear their stories; it was a wedding present 40 years ago, I got it for my 21st Birthday, it was handed down from a grandmother, it was found at a car boot sale… Read More