Top Down Center Out with the Eve Trousers

Desperate to give this method a try now

When I first encountered Top Down Center Out, I didn’t understand it. Why so much emphasis on the waistband? How am I going to get pants to fit if I can’t redraft the inseam, crotch curve, or leg angle? What about the balance? I’m used to slashing, spreading, and redrafting every pants pattern to fit me, and this method didn’t seem like it was going to be enough. Friends, I was wrong.

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Working from home


Achieved my Master’s in Systems Biology on August 7th 2020. The last few months were a matter of overcoming hurdle after hurdle but I did it!

Pictured is my haul of birthday presents including a hand-dyed hand-woven scarf and a home-made shibori throw and an oil-painting all of which are crafting efforts from my amazing family. I am 50 now. I really don’t feel 50.

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Prunus spinosa

Dear Blackthorn,

I forgive you for puncturing my tyres.

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Sitting on the rocks

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On holiday


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“I want to know” and “I learned today”

I want to know Louise BourgeoisThese two works by Louise Bourgeois are right in tune with my feelings these days.

Louise Bourgeois

I learned today, and it made my day

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Buster Keaton, Steve McQueen, Nina Simone


stevemcqueenBuster KeatonI listened to a great episode of BBC 6 music’s Sound and Vision with Steve McQueen the film director.

At minute 22 or so, they play a Nina Simone track that was new to me – Wild is the Wind. The piano, the voice, the atmosphere were so strong I felt quite obliterated for a moment.
McQueen’s long ago Turner Prize win was mentioned in passing – in a series of photographs, a house is falling on his head, but he is standing just where an empty  window frame will save his life. This desperate trick was originally Buster Keaton’s.
I urge you to spend a minute or two watching Buster Keaton. The sheer beauty of it – and we should all have a bit of beauty in every day, shouldn’t we.
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Blending in

Episode 3

This is the life!

No cars. No. Cars. Life is better without cars.

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Travelling in style

Smug feelings on my way to and from classes. Yes! This is really what my commute looks like! (It hasn’t rained yet – ask me how smug I feel when it’s snowing sideways.)

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Cardboard Boxes

The New Life Episode 2

Son at 07:30 this Monday morning (we moved on Friday, his Dad helped him unpack his clothes on Friday evening, school starts in 40 minutes) : Mum! Where are my underpants?!

Me: go and have your breakfast, I’ll look for them.

Son at 07:52 (still no pants,  school starts in 18 minutes) : I think these are OK, I’ve only worn them 3 days.

Me (in the garage, fruitlessly searching the 3000th cardboard box) : éè%%%**-è’-(è&èè-‘è(è&*ù$^llp!!!!!!!!!!

Son at 07:55 : It’s probably OK to go to school without pants, right?

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