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Sew City – Sew Country! Project 1: Pinterest Challenge

Let me introduce you to the first edition of a new monthly project I am undertaking with my lovely friend Stacey from The Little Taylor. A little while ago Stace was telling me about Sew Weekly, where the authors and anyone who wants to join in make a garment each week according to their chosen theme. We both loved this idea, but for Stacey, working and having her own projects meant that a project a week was a little too much and for me, well, I ended up making only 4 garments last year thanks to an incredibly crappy health run, so we settled on one project a month. Stacey and I have worked together for photo shoots, catwalk shows and market stalls for a number of years now but the distance between our living locations can make it difficult: I am in the heart of Melbourne and she is in the country town Shepparton, 190km away. And thus Sew City - Sew Country was born! I hope you join us for the ride!

Living Library

I love books - a good book can transport you to a different place or teach you something you want to know. I used to be a book addict, I devoured them in their hundreds and always wanted more. Books help exercise the imagination and stimulate a hunger for knowledge. I could never get enough, but I guess that's the thing with living with chronic illness and having an insatiable appetite for adventure - you have to live vicariously through the tales of others.

Ten tips to creating pinup perfect skirts

I have been visiting the world of skirts a lot since I posted about making my Graceful in the Garden skirt and there’s a good reason for this; skirts are awesome! There are so many types of skirts to choose from that were popular in the 1940s and 50s if you are looking to add a bit of vintage flair to your wardrobe

Confessions of a creatoholic

Hi, my name is Claire and I am a createoholic. Yes it's totally a real word because I have decided it is! I suppose that while I'm getting it all out there I must also confess I have quite a collection of craft projects I've started over the years and never completed. Is that normal? Does it say something about my ability to dedicate myself to a task? About my level of commitment? My ability to concentrate? Am I over-thinking this at all...

Graceful in the Garden – the full, gathered skirt

The first sewing project of the year would have to be something simple enough to make with my injured hand (never underestimate the dangers of a tail comb!) and finished in time to add to my wardrobe for Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. The full skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of any 50's fashion lover and Rock n' Roll dancer because of it's flattering shape and fun swishy skirt.