A bare-footed Mr G lounges on a bright orange Knowle sofa, propped against turquoise cushions, reading a magazine. He is wearing dark blue flannel PJs and a rust red T-shirt.

Making PJs for the modern gent

I love making men’s pyjamas. It’s a chance to indulge in fantastic prints and luxury fabric and create something much more comfortable and stylish, than anything you can buy off the peg.

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Begal cat and project bag size comparison

Make a project bag for knitting

Last autumn, after a couple of years of mulling over knitting patterns, I bit the bullet and cast on some stitches. An embarrassing amount of time had passed since I last knitted anything [20 or so years ahem!].

Back then knitting had never grabbed my interest as much as sewing. So I treated my new-found interest with scepticism. I cautioned myself not to invest too much, in case this was a flash in the pan.

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Rear view of winter coat

Another winter coat!

I’m planning to sew another winter coat. What! Another? Did I ever finish the last one?

In short, yes. But by the skin of my teeth. I wore it on my trip to Louisville, USA. The coat, now dubbed the grey poodle, is super snuggly. I felt incredibly warm – yet smart – as snow flakes drifted in the chilly Kentucky air.

But, the night before my flight, I was up till 2am in my hotel room at Heathrow Airport, hand stitching the lining hem to the coat.

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