Author: Duncan Carter

How to: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Shop-bought Garment

How to: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Shop-bought Garment

It’s no secret that most menswear sewing patterns are uncool, boxy garments that you would never see in a shop. Women’s sewing patterns are modern and fashionable, with thousands to choose from and brand new patterns being released every month, while us guys are left 

Kombucha – What is it? Getting started…

Kombucha – What is it? Getting started…

I tried Kombucha for the first time about a year ago after someone I follow on Twitter mentioned it. They were touting it as an alternative to alcohol – a bold claim! Intrigued, I sourced some at Whole Foods, paid the £4 per bottle and 

Kombucha – The First Brew

Kombucha – The First Brew

Below is a set of simple instructions to get you started on making a basic unflavoured Kombucha, followed by the general method for adding some flavour and fizz in the secondary fermentation. I will be testing out loads of different flavour recipes and tea types 

Homemade Soy Wax Candles

Homemade Soy Wax Candles

I love candles! After a busy day, lighting a scented candle or two is a great way to relax. BUT I was recently reading about paraffin wax candles (this is the majority of candles you see for sale) and some of the not so great side effects. Apparently 

The Stripey Summer Hoodie

The Stripey Summer Hoodie

Recently I wrote an article about my trip to Paris, and the fabrics I bought there. I wanted to do a separate post all about the construction of a hoodie that I made with some of the striped jersey I brought back with me. The fabric is 

3 Menswear Sewing Patterns for Beginners

3 Menswear Sewing Patterns for Beginners

I remember my first (and failed!) attempt at taking up sewing as a hobby. I was just a teenager, fuelled by my passion for Project Runway, and in a spontaneous move I decided to buy a sewing machine, sewing pattern and fabric to get stuck 

Dabbling with Fabric Painting

Dabbling with Fabric Painting

I like painting. I like clothes. But I never thought to combine to two, until recently… It was a total accident that I started to dabble with fabric painting. I had sewn a toile for my self-drafted vest top and, while it fit well, it 

Sprout Patterns – Negroni Shirt

Sprout Patterns – Negroni Shirt

You know what, I don’t actually have many shirts in my wardrobe. There are two reasons for that: First off, ready-to-wear shirts rarely catch my eye and secondly, constructing a shirt at home is not quick and can be a bit of a headache. So 

Black Cherry Tomatoes | First Crop

Black Cherry Tomatoes | First Crop

Today I’ve had my first major crop from the black cherry tomato plants – I grew two plants from seed after buying the seeds for 1 penny last year! I didn’t really think ahead to their support and how tall they got so they have 

Cucumbers (Tasty King) | First Harvest

Cucumbers (Tasty King) | First Harvest

I’ve just had a late lunch with my first slices of fresh cucumber from the balcony garden. I had a bit of a false start with cucumbers this year when, due to some blip in my attention span, I accidentally planted two lots of courgettes