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Graduation post 3 (final) – the gown and hood

Yes, I’m milking this for as many posts as I can! My father was an academic and had several occasions each year where an academic gown was required. He died almost 30 years ago and his gown would have been … Continue reading

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Coffeeneuring 2017 – a new challenge

Chasing Mailboxes (terrific title) is a blog about cycling by a woman who lives in Washington DC. This is the seventh year that she’s run the coffeeneuring challenge. She sets a few things to achieve that involve bicycles and coffee … Continue reading

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Graduation post 2 – the trousers

Black trousers – yet another pair of black trousers. I’ve been wearing the much-modified SA Barbs for a while and am sick of having nowhere to put my hands, my phone or even my keys. I needed trousers that would … Continue reading

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Graduation post 1 – the blouse

I submitted a research masters at the end of 2016. It dominated my existence in 2015 and 2016. A research masters meant I did a thesis not coursework, 35 000 words later and I am relieved beyond belief that it … Continue reading

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Formal Dress – 2017 – the wrap

Miss 17 needed something to keep her warm, something around the shoulders that was unstructured enough to balance the very structured dress. I tried to buy her a black velvet wrap but she decided the price was too high and … Continue reading

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Formal Dress – 2017 – bodice and skirt

Once I’d finished doing the first bodice, the lass tried it on. It needed tweaking. So I had another go, and another and finally got it with attempt four. That was made up in the final fabric and put to … Continue reading

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Singapore 2017 – Peoples Park Complex

The Peoples Park Complex is on Park Rd, in the heart of Chinatown. It has a myriad of small shops, all housed in one large complex. Some of it is air-conditioned, some isn’t. There are a lot of fabric stalls … Continue reading

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Formal dress 2017

Another year, another formal dress for Miss 17. This is her final year at school and she wants long, dramatic and stunning. This is the inspiration dress. Just too long! The thought of cutting off all that fabric was too … Continue reading

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Singapore shorts

We went to Singapore. I needed shorts and quickly. My much modified elastic waisted trouser pattern to the rescue again. It was originally the Barb trousers pattern from Style Arc, but has morphed so many times it is now my … Continue reading

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Travel wallet – an attempt

My husband travels a bit for work and has a rather lovely leather passport wallet. I really like it but don’t travel enough justify buying one. I decided to make one. I had made my son a leather laptop cover … Continue reading

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