Nel Nan and Nora’s Classic Culottes

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I remember wearing culottes as a child in the mid 80s and loving them! If I remember correctly, they were white with a red and navy trim. Maybe there’s a photo somewhere… After a gap of about 35 years, I sewed a pair using a Butterick pattern from Love Sewing magazine last summer in a navy linen/cotton mix but they …

Nel Nan and Nora’s Serena Maxi Dress

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My Simple Sew make for August is perfectly timed for a summer wedding reception that’s coming up very soon. I’ve chosen the Serena Maxi Dress, made in a John Kaldor silk satin that I’d bought as a (bargain) cut piece at The Shuttle. We’re fortunate to have some amazing local fabric shops around Leeds and Bradford; this particular one has …

Nel, Nan and Nora’s Peter Pan Blouse – in JERSEY!

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I like a challenge and although I sometimes regret taking one on, there’s usually something to be learned along the way. I’ve been sewing for a long time and am enjoying a phase of testing and extending my skills. This top is one such challenge.  It’s designed for woven fabrics (so I am also making one on in cotton lawn) …