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I was about 16 years old when the dé­cor in my room started to get me down. The mauve cur­tains that had made me ec­stat­i­cally happy as a pri­mary school child no longer had the same ef­fect and the plain white walls cried out for a touch of colour. Af­ter pro­longed ne­go­ti­a­tions with my fa­ther I was even­tu­ally given a five-litre tin of paint, a roller and a ride to the Plaza to buy my own fab­ric. The rest came out of my pocket and was my in­tro­duc­tion to DIY dec­o­rat­ing. It was also my first sewing pro­ject that wasn’t for marks in needle­work class. The room had to look vintage and noth­ing less than a patch­work quilt would do. Af­ter­noon af­ter af­ter­noon and week­end af­ter week­end I sat sewing squares to­gether to the rhythm of Richard Clay­der­man. (I still lis­ten to mu­sic when I’m fix­ing up my house.) See­ing the fin­ished prod­uct on my bed gave me a feel­ing that only other mak­ers will un­der­stand – pride, hap­pi­ness, sat­is­fac­tion and an over­whelm­ing need to show it to ev­ery­one. That patch­work quilt even went with me to univer­sity, and started fall­ing apart shortly be­fore my 21st birth­day. Cheap fab­ric and lots of wash­days were its down­fall.

To this day my sewing is still con­fined to house­hold items. I love mak­ing cush­ion cov­ers from lovely fab­rics and make all my own cur­tains – a rec­tan­gu­lar drop with­out in­ter­est­ing tex­tures and fin­ishes was sim­ply never my idea of a win­dow treat­ment. If I were younger, the teenage room on page 38 would al­ready be hap­pen­ing, but per­haps it’s time for a new chal­lenge. Some­thing like the wrap dress on page 20 – it’s a clas­sic, time­less style sty­ley that is al­ways al­waysy flat­ter­ing. flat­ter­ing. Or per­haps just the py­jama pants on page 433 43 to wear while I make more things for the house.

Let us know, and show us, what you’ve made.

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