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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 […]

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 […]

Fabric Bundles – GIVEAWAY!

Fabric Bundles – GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the launch of whatthecrop.comΒ  I have two bundles of fabric to be won. Each bundle is a range of fabrics including wools, cottons and designer offcuts* all perfect for either sewing or crafting. Each bundle will include some longer lengths (1.5m or more) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Β£4 per bottle and […]

Kombucha – The First Brew [RECIPE]

Kombucha – The First Brew [RECIPE]

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 […]

What the Crop?

What the Crop?

Welcome to ‘What the Crop?’ – a space for random notes on my attempt to bring a little bit of countryside to the 6th floor of a London high-rise. You can expect some urban gardening, general waffle, home-brewed treats and other miscellaneous creations. The idea […]


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