Yes ma’am!

I’ve finished the western shirt, or ‘Frontier Shirt’ as the Folkwear pattern labels it.  It’s all in Tia Knight stretch cotton poplin, same fabric for the contrast piping leftover from the wife’s shirt. It’s quite straight up and down, as am I so that’s OK.  The sleeves are good and long, I hate skimpy sleeves.  … Continue reading Yes ma’am!

Quilt Guilt

Both Ruth and Kate have blogged in the last few days about quilts, so I thought I’d drag myself, creaking onto the bandwagon. I’m in awe of the amazing quilts that some people produce, and once upon a time, imagined a future when I’d have the patience to sit and cut up teensy little hexagons … Continue reading Quilt Guilt

The Right Stuff

Do you buy all the right stuff for your projects?  Is your sewing virtuous and saintly?  Do you obediently follow all the lists for notions, yardage and fabric type? I used to, oh yes.  When I wanted to make something, I’d go into town, spend hours browsing all the pattern books in our big department … Continue reading The Right Stuff


I’ve noticed several bloggers taking up the de-cluttering approach as advocated by Marie Kondo.  I must admit, the very thought fills me with horror.  I don’t want a minimalist, showcase worthy life, I like STUFF. Am I a bad Fairy? STUFF #1:  Clothes I didn’t have a lot of stuff as a kid, clothes were … Continue reading Kondo-dominion

Colour inspiration

I’ve been up and down the garden taking some pics of the flower display so far.  Most of the stuff that’s blooming right now is pink or blue, which all looks very cheerful.  I’m very drawn to my little ‘oriental’corner, where a deep pink azalea, deep red acer and pink/purple magnolia are doing their do.  … Continue reading Colour inspiration


Folkwear ‘5 Frontier Shirts’ pattern number 212.  Fabric:  white cotton stretch poplin with navy piping.  Fabrics from Tia Knight.  Woven fusible interfacing on collar, cuffs and front band.  All seams are flat felled. The pattern comes with two alternative fancy yokes; I chose the simpler of the two.  I omitted the breast pockets, there’s enough … Continue reading Yee-Haw!