Sew Over It Molly Top and Maria Denmark self-drafted stretch skirt

Unlike some sewists, my sewing output isn’t that great to warrant multiple garments per post. So you know when I do have a few creations together, they are super-simple makes. These two fit that description: easy-to-sew wardrobe staples made entirely from scraps. They were sewn way back in March (or earlier), and only photographed recently!

Siobhan stands in front of a weatherboard house. She wears a drop shoulder knit tee with grey/black striped body and concrete grey neckband and sleeves, with black straight knee length skirt, black leggings and ankle boots. She is smiling.

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Book reviews: Making Faces & Face Forward

The covers of Making Faces and Face Forward, by Kevyn Aucoin. They both feature close ups of a made up woman's face.

In case you think I only read serious non-fiction, here are some entirely frivolous books I’ve read recently. Making Faces and Face Forward are instructional makeup books by the now deceased, internationally renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

A black and white photo of a 30s Style man in tux with moustache and glam blonde haired woman.
Amber Valletta as Gable and Lombard. Most images from Pinterest.

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Colourful knee high compression socks – review

Looking back at my photos, I realised that I bought some compression socks (and made a quick post on Instagram about them) many months ago, but they never made it to the blog. I’ve already written a fairly lengthy post on compression stockings, with reviews of everything from sports compression tights (2XUs, Skins etc) to Juzo compression stockings to cheap beige maternity stockings, so if you want to know the basics of compression garments for the treatment of POTS, head over there first.

Compression socks: black with coloured star print, red with small heart print, grey with yellow and blue stripe, black with floral print.
Black with coloured stars, red with hearts, grey with stripes, yellow and blue flowers wide calf.

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Merino February Hat

This was an interim knit, made in April while deciding which jumper to knit this winter. And what better interim knit than a hat? I’ve made plenty of berets, cloches and caps before (see my Hats tag or Ravelry projects page for more), but my hat wardrobe was conspicuously lacking in beanies. So I turned to Kelbourne Woolens’ free hat pattern, the February Hat.

Siobhan stands in front of a weatherboard wall, wearing a grey handknit textured hat, similar style scarf, and plain grey handknit jumper. She is smiling.
Worn with my Rockcliffe Scarf, Blank Canvas Jumper and Grainline Archer shirt.

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Book reviews: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia & Growing Up African in Australia

I thought I’d share some more book reviews with you from my Instagram account (@siobhansimper, if you’re interested). Black Inc. books have been publishing anthologies in a Growing Up…In Australia series. The first published was Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, and there have been many more after this (Growing Up African, Queer, Asian, with a Disabled anthology on the way too!). The first two I’ve read (Growing Up Aboriginal and Growing Up African) have been such fantastic reads that I’m determined to finish the series!

 

A book entitled

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Zealana yarn reviews, and an unexpected break

Hello! As we’re now thoroughly into winter, I’ve been dreaming up knitting projects to keep me warm. I just finished an interim hat from scraps, which hopefully I will blog when I block it.* Next up is a jumper.

Six balls of Zealana Kauri Fingering Weight, a heathered grey fine yarn.

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Thinking about making

I was updating my Handmade Gallery page recently, and it got me thinking about my knitted and sewn output. (You can access my Handmade Gallery at the top of my blog – it’s a pictorial summary of everything I’ve made and posted on the blog to date.) Although I’ve a few garments made up and waiting to be photographed/blogged, so far this year my output is dramatically reduced from years previous.

It’s up in the corner there. I also have pages for Tips & Tutorials, and Resources including A Dummies’ Guide to ME/CFS, Electrolyte Drink Mega-Review, compression garments guide, and free vintage sewing and knitting patterns.

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