The February Dress

It’s now apparently March, which I think is a bit of a mistake.  Months shouldn’t fly by that quickly and I’ve said this repeatedly but no-one in the Department of Time Speed seems to listen.  Don’t they realise this just makes it next to impossible to get anything done?  And yet, in spite of my (apparently irrelevant) opinions on the matter, we are now in the third month of the year, which also means I’ve reached the third month of my Delightful Dozen Project and I have been remarkably reticent on the whole matter, possibly in an inadvertent attempt to drum up some mystery.  Have I stuck to my plan?  Have two dresses turned up or am I in possession of a stack of material cut into strange shapes?

The quick and boring answer is: Yes, I have stuck to my plan.

But can I prove it? Continue reading

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A Quick Guide to Giving up Clothes Shopping

Do you rememer the last time you bought a piece of clothing?  What was it?  Why did you buy it?  Where did it come from?

I realised the other day that I can answer exactly none of these questions.

The weird thing is, I haven’t been making a concerted effort to avoid clothes shopping; it just sort of happened.  One minute I was entranced by the idea of hunting out retro-looking garments in unsuspecting stores and the next minute… well, I wasn’t.  In fact, these days, my idea of clothes shopping looks a little like this: Continue reading

The Mystery Parcel in the Mail

So, you don’t know me, began the message, but you’ve kind of turned up via my incessant sewing-blog-following.

Honestly, the writer had me at So.  I love a mysterious message out of the blue; it’s even better when you keep reading it and discover it’s genuine and not some annoying spam disguised as a vaguely-coherent ramble.  This message fell well and truly into the former category, which is just as well, otherwise this would be a completely different blog post in which I rant about spam instead of one where a mystery parcel arrives on my doorstep. Continue reading