Thank you for all your lovely comments on my gingham dress. I wore it out to meet a friend for coffee the day after I finished it, and I can report that it was very comfortable and easy to wear. I will try to get some photos of me modelling it to share with you, as soon as I can find a willing photographer!

Now I’ve sewn a few garments, I’ve been wondering about how to care for handmade clothes. When I was doing my sewing course, I asked my tutor and she recommended always hand washing home sewn clothes. Given that I hope to build a wardrobe full of me made clothes, hand washing is going to be very time consuming. Do people really do this? How do you care for your handmade clothes?