It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog and I usually only post about sewing, but I feel the need to unload some thoughts about the current Covid 19 virus global pandemic. The pandemic has thrown our lives into disarray, unprecedented in our life times. We’re in unchartered waters and it’s unsettling. When lockdown […]
A New Killer Resource for Sewists: ‘Fashion Style – die Mode zum Selbernaehen’.
This German sewing magazine, brand new this year is fast becoming one of my favourites – here’re 5 reasons why. 1) It’s Good Value for Money For just six euros, each monthly issued is packed with over 30 patterns including traceable pattern sheets. 2) Trendy, Modern and Classic Styles in a Range of Garment Types Each […]
YoSaMi’s July Pop-up Shop – 3 German Sewing Magazines You Don’t Want to Miss.
For July only, I’m selling German sewing magazines. I feel fortunate here in Germany that I’ve got access to many sewing magazines and resources but I realise that it’s not easy for all of us to get them so I’d like to level the playing field and make them available so we can all benefit from them. […]
#MeMadeMay15 Roundup: How Many Times Have You Failed Today?
My #MeMadeMay15 takeaway – I need to ‘fail’ more! Let me explain with a story I heard recently about Spanx founder, Sara Blakely. As a young girl, the father of Sara Blakely, the founder of famous shape wear brand, Spanx, would ask her, how many times she’d failed that day. He wasn’t interested in the things that’d gone well […]
#MeMadeMay15 – My Organic Me-Made-May 2015 Pledge.
Me Made May 2015 kicks off today and this year I’m showcasing my everyday organic wardrobe. I joined Me-Made-May last year and loved it! It’s a great way to connect with other sewists and share wardrobe creations – but it was a lot of ‘work’ to get the pics! This year, I may not manage a […]
Monday Make: 3 Tips for Hand Dyeing Fabric with Indigo Crystals.
Three years, that’s how long it took me to do this! THREE YEARS!! I’d had indigo crystals for a third of decade and only got round to using them a week ago. What took me so long and why now? Cooking up chemicals with two small children and an inquisitive dog around scared me a little […]
What the Japanese Can Teach Us About Sun Hat Making.
It’s been like summer here in southern Germany this last week. We were collecting Easter eggs in freezing conditions with a few flakes of snow a couple of weeks ago and yesterday we were basking in 28 degrees sunshine. Spring’s often like that here. Suddenly you’re packing away your woolies and trying to remember where you […]
Friday’s Fabric Focus: Can We Really Trust Organic Fabrics?
I’m a fabric-aholic! Self confessed and unashamed. I started this blog as a way to share this addiction to sewing and fabrics, but particularly my love of fabrics. Fabric Love There’s something about textiles that I find irresistible and I’ve built up quite a sizeable fabric collection over the years. I began acquiring bits and […]
#aweekofturias Final Week – The Auction!
My #aweekofturias cancer charity sewing challenge is over! Seven pairs of Turia dungarees are completed and the final lace pair are READY TO BUY! PLUS Don’t miss out on two very special collectors items kindly donated by Lladybird!!!! Where will your money go? All proceeds from the auction will be donated to #teamirfon Irfon William’s charity […]
#aweekofturias Cancer Charity Challenge Week Three: How to Resize the Turia Dungaree Pattern for Children.
I’m almost done with the #aweekofturias challenge! It’s my final week of the #aweekofturias challenge to raise money for the #teamirfon cancer charity appeal on justgiving.com. Please sponsor me here. I’ve now made six pairs of the Turia dungaree pattern by Pauline Alice and last week I made a discovery – by reducing the size of the […]