Monday, 9 April 2012

1940s style jumper

I've begun yet another project! The latest Rowan magazine has lots of forties-inspired jumpers and cardigans- my favourite era. I couldn't resist making this one:

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Finished sari dress

From sketch to pattern to finished garment. I will post photos of me wearing it!

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A Plea for Donations!!!

I have decided to go back to Africa to participate in some voluntary projects. The first one is based in Swakopmund, Namibia, where I discovered a textile charity that teaches local women how to sew, in order for them to make a living for themselves. The second is a youth centre in Knysna, on the Western Cape of South Africa. This youth centre supports children who live on the streets or have been kicked out of school; I have been invited to teach them how to sew. The third is a textile charity that works with disabled adults, again teaching them how to sew in order to make a living. I hope to be away for at least three months and obviously this will cost money. Flights, accommodation, insurance, food and transport all add up. I would really like to be able to share the skills I have with people less fortunate than myself; to give them the opportunity to develop skills they could earn a living from.

If you feel that you would like to donate a small sum (every penny gratefully received!), please look for my paypal account under: Sarah Magill,

Thank you for reading this post :)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Dress is almost complete, just need to insert the zip, trim the net petticoat and do some hand stitching on the shoulders. Should I add a belt or cummerbund???

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Indian Sari Dress Progress

I've spent all day cutting the pattern and making up the bodice for this dress. I'm really happy with the shape. I've pinned the skirt fabric onto the stand and think it needs some volume/ structure underneath, so will probably add a net petticoat.

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Indian Sari Dress

I bought the most beautiful mustard and deep purple sari silk in Delhi last year and have been saving it for a special occasion. It's one of my best friend's birthday this week and she's emigrating to Australia, so it will definitely be a special occasion. There are 6 metres of various parts and I draped it on the stand to see which parts would make a nice 50s style dress.

I love the block colour idea, but think the all purple idea would suit me better.

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