Betrayed – a brief summary of the PACE trial

2016 brought exciting news for ME/CFS patients. The researchers behind the PACE trials were finally forced to release their raw data, which revealed that their initial conclusions – that graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy were the only effective interventions for ME/CFS – were unsubstantiated.

Usually the retraction of positive results would not be cause for celebration. But the PACE trial was not only unethically conducted, it contained numerous methodological errors, drew conclusions which were not supported by the evidence, and promoted therapies which are greatly harmful to ME/CFS patients. It was only due to those same patients’ dogged research and tenacity in the face of abuse that the truth was revealed. Here’s how it happened.

An ink sketch and painting of a seated woman. She looks down pensively. Red flames emerge from her back.
Artwork by Beth Raven

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Silver linings: Style Arc Georgie Jeans with tutorial

A woman wears dark skinny jeans, pink tee and blue flats.
Necklace and shoes from St Vinnies, tops from Salvos. Artwork in background by Beth!

You might remember some time ago (last year!) I made up the Style Arc Misty Jean in a stretch denim with modal from The Fabric Godmother. Unfortunately, the jeans were a wadder due to the fabric, which bled nonstop. The Fabric Godmother gave me a store credit for the value of the denim, and with a hefty dose of my own money, I purchased this cotton/elastane stretch denim in super black (goddamn exchange rate and international post). Continue reading “Silver linings: Style Arc Georgie Jeans with tutorial”

What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

A woman wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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The Dalek Outfit Reviewed – Burda Emily Shirt & Box Pleated Skirt

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Last time I shared my experience of ordering from Spoonflower with you. TL;DR: don’t do it. Today, I’ll review the patterns I made from my Spoonflower fabric, starting with the Burda Emily Shirt.

A woman wears a button up shirt with Dalek print, skinny blue jeans, and brown boots.

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A Dalek Outfit, and 10 Things I Hate About Spoonflower

Apologies to those who read the title and thought this would be a “listicle” post- I’m not Buzzfeed, nor The Warrnambool Standard*, and I think we can all agree writing lists requires a certain brevity which I do not possess.

This Spoonflower review is a long time coming – almost so long as to make it redundant! (Sorry, guys.) But I figured if I was going to share the garments I made from my Spoonflower purchase, I may as well share some thoughts on the quality of their fabric.

A tweet from Tim Brunero. Tweet reads, Mrs Dr Karl makes all his shirts. Today was the first outing for this number, a dalek/classic Obama poster hybrid. Picture is of two men. Dr Karl on the left wears a shirt with a Dalek print on it. Man on right wears plain tee.

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Tessuti Berlin Jacket

Is anyone else in the Antipodes SUPER excited to see the end of this angry summer? It’s been so hot and humid even in the first month of Autumn, that I leapt at the chance to photograph my Tessuti Berlin Jacket as soon as it cooled down to a bearable temperature.*

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a spotted button up shirt, maroon skinny jeans, brown boots and an oversized brown wool open coat.
Shirt is a Trenery score from the op shop. Burgundy Threadz skinny jeans from a local shop end of season sale. Diana Ferrari boots from Savers. I am SO excited to be able to walk in jeans again, so long as they are very stretchy.

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