ME/CFS on SBS Insight

Last fortnight, Australian talk show Insight screened an episode about ME/CFS. The panel included ME/CFS patients, parents of children with ME/CFS, healthcare professionals and researchers in the field. The episode had a particular focus on the benefits vs harms of graded exercise therapy (GET), which I have already written about at length.

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Finalist in Indie Pattern Month – Around the World

I’ve made it as a finalist in The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month – Around the World contest, and need your help! If you could shoot over to The Monthly Stitch and vote for my Named Inari Tee Dress, or whichever three creations you like most, it would be much appreciated.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a stripe knit tee dress with black leggings, silver runners and big tortoiseshell sunglasses. A cat sits on a bench behind her.

Fabric shopping on Aliexpress

After my posts featuring fabric from Aliexpress, I’ve been asked about my experience shopping there. I’m no expert – my general rule of thumb is to not spend too much money, in case I lose it all. But I do have a few tips after buying sewing goods online for several years.

Mmmmmm….fabric. Combed slub cotton spandex knit, cotton/lycra smooth knit, plain cotton slub knit. As seen in my winter dresses (cotton slubs) and In the Folds Jersey Dress (cotton/lycra smooth knit).

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Named Inari again – Indie Pattern Month 2018

I didn’t have any particular plans to enter The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month this year, despite my all-out efforts last time around (New To Me, Hack It, Indie Pattern Royalty). It was pleasant happenstance that one of their challenges – Around the World – perfectly aligned with my existing sewing plans.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a stripe knit tee dress with black leggings, silver runners and big tortoiseshell sunglasses. A cat sits on a bench behind her.
Say hello to my little friend. And our new garden bench from KMart.

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Three more Hemlocks

Just recently I was writing about sewing pattern repeats, and here I am sharing my fifth, sixth and seventh versions of the Grainline Hemlock Tee!* I wasn’t completely enamoured with it upon release, but it’s proven to be an easy to sew and easy to wear wardrobe staple.

Three images of a woman standing in front of a garden fence. She wears the same outfit in each, with different variations on a tee pattern.

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Summer sewing plans

Someone once wrote, “those who can’t do, plan”. As my time at the sewing machine is now limited, I’ll be subjecting you to another seasonal sewing plan post. This post is actually a little overdue – spring hit a good month ago and we’re already experiencing warm weather in the mid 20s. So I better get a move on if I want to wear these items soon! Continue reading “Summer sewing plans”