Sewjo in lockdown – part two: creativity undercover

What happened to our sewjo? Lockdown has played with our desire to make in unexpected and sometimes unwanted ways. But it doesn’t have to be a sad story – it’s time to be kind to yourself and learn how, with a few gentle nudges, the mechanics of creativity will get you back on track in no time at all…

Sewjo in lockdown – part one: the vanishing act

More time in the house, less time commuting, chasing our tails – it seems like the perfect time to capitalise on craft. So why are so many sewists experiencing an unexpected dip in sewjo? Where did the love go? And how do we keep the flickering flame of creativity alive when we’re just not feeling it?

Five reasons to love the Zadie Jumpsuit

I’m always bowled over by patterns that are deceptive in their simplicity: the sort of thing you think you could probably draft yourself but in reality there’s a hidden art to the design that would be hard to imitate. The Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit is a perfect example – so here are five reasons to show it some love…

Do you have a sewing style?

Are you fast as the wind or slow and meticulous? French-seaming everything in sight or barely bothering with the pinking shears? Sewing style is often a mystery we don’t want to share, hidden in the guts of a garment, known only by the maker (or wearer), but through understanding our sewing style, we come to understand ourselves…

Six reasons to sew (or why I sew)

I’ve been sewing for so long I don’t remember that first moment of alchemy when you realise the clothes on your back are within your ken – you can figure them out, deconstruct them, reconstruct them, build them from scratch. Sewing is magic! If that isn’t enough, here are six great reasons to get sewing today…