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Kickstart your creativity

All creativity ebbs and flows and this is a natural part of the process, so it’s good to understand what is happening before you give up. The tips that follow will help you stay motivated to pursue your creative passion.

Introducing: Grinlow Studio

It’s been a while, but I’m back with a bit of a spruce up and an announcement – welcome to Grinlow Studio!

Share your sewing struggles for sewing success

Whether you’re just getting into sewing or you’ve been at it for a hundred years, sometimes it can feel like everyone around you is a sewing wizard while you’re constantly fielding mishaps. Well, dear reader, it’s simply not the case! I think it’s high time we share our sewing struggles so we can fully celebrate those successes…

Sustainable sewing, part three: ways forward

Can we resolve the conflict between our creative passion and the waste it produces? The final instalment in this series on sustainable sewing explores some of the ways we can promote greater sustainability in our sewing practice…

Sustainable sewing, part two: accountability

In part two in this short series, we move beyond the confessional and into the murky world of eco mud slinging. Should we be penalising individuals for what they sew, or is it time to look at the bigger picture?

Sustainable sewing, part one: magic or myth?

Sewing can feel like magic – paying creative dividends in wellbeing and self-sufficiency – but is it really sustainable? It’s time to start an open and honest conversation about our sewing habits, where the drive towards greater sustainability can sometimes turn out to be anything but…

Refashion: turning a Lady McElroy dress into a boxy top and shirt

Refashioning is one of my favourite sewing pastimes, so when I fell out of love with a Simple Sew pattern hack I’d created for Love Sewing magazine, I knew it was time to transport this green spotty Lady McElroy viscose from dreamy summer maxi to something I would wear day in and day out…

Sewing mindfully: 10 principles for an intentional year of making

After a year of sorting and refining my me-made wardrobe, I’m planning on a more purposeful sewing trajectory this year. The makes wish list grows and grows, but I’ve resolved to tame the beast as best I can so that when I sew, it counts. So, if you’re looking for an alternative way to plan your sewing this year, here are a few guiding principles for a more relaxed and intentional year of making…

Can you save money sewing your own coat?

Sewing coats is hugely satisfying, but the expense of coating fabrics, linings and interfacings – not to mention patterns and notions – can seem off-putting. Is it possible to sew a decent winter coat for less than you’d pay on the high street? Read on to find out…

Coat making with vintage sewing patterns

If you’re looking for the perfect coat, why not try a vintage pattern? Whatever the season, there’s a vintage sewing pattern to inspire you. Whether you use the designs as a launch pad for your own bespoke piece, or follow faithfully for some of the best sewing instructions in town, you won’t regret diving into the sewing pattern archives for inspiration…

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