Merchant & Mills Sewing Book

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If your style is more normcore than girly girl, you might feel like the sewing world doesn’t cater to you – after all, more often than not, sewing boxes and accessories come plastered in Cath Kidston-esque bright floral prints, and many sewing shops stock endless reams of ruffles, sequins and other fussy trims. Sewing books also often go in for this super-feminine style. Not so, however, in the case of this new sewing manual from Merchant & Mills, who sell sewing notions, patterns and fabrics and are known for their stripped-back, utilitarian aesthetic. Continue reading “Merchant & Mills Sewing Book”

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Chic on a Shoestring by Mary Jane Baxter

 

When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to have it – I never buy anything full price, am regularly in the charity shops looking for bargains, and don’t usually buy anything I could sew for a cheaper price myself, so I’m always eager to learn more ways to be chic on a shoestring. This is the first book from milliner and maker Mary Jane Baxter, and is full of simple, fun, vintage-inspired projects, peppered by fantastically quirky illustrations by Sam Wilson. Continue reading “Chic on a Shoestring by Mary Jane Baxter”