About Nomes

I like to sew, cook. I use a vintage Singer Sewing machine to make the clothes and crafts shown on this website. Be sure to check out my Etsy online shop where you can purchase some of my items www.madebynomes.esty.com and my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MadeByNomes

Charity Christmas Market in Prague

On Saturday 23rd November, IWAP is hosting a charity Christmas Market in Prague at the Diplomat Hotel (Evropska 15, Dejvice, Prague, CZ). 10am – 4pm. Proceeds benefit the charities Amelie and DOM. Free entry and goodies for sale include (but not limited to) delicious baked goods, new & used books, Christmas gifts, toys, handmade crafts, wine, homewares, bric-a-brac, jewellery and much more. I have been busy in my sewing studio making a few things to donate to the market. I hope to make a some more things if I have time in the coming 2 weeks. And I’m planning to make … Continue reading

ShweShwe Fabric

The arrival of the indigo cloth emerged after the 1652 establishment of a seaport at the Cape of Good Hope. Natural indigo dye was obtained from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant. In its raw form, the 100% cotton fabric was heavily starched in order to protect it from the damp as it travelled across the ocean in the holds of ships sailing between Europe and Africa. The Xhosa were the first to adopt the fabric from the settlers and they soon began adapting it to give it the uniquely African feel that it retains to this day. It was the Xhosa … Continue reading

Madiba Cushion Covers

I was given this Madiba Shweshwe fabric almost a year ago and I really wanted to make something special out of it. After a few measurements and plans, I decided to create 2 cushion covers. To make the most use of the fabric, I cut 1 length of fabric for each cushion  -50cm x 100cm. Added an invisible zip on the 50cm length side and then stitched together the 2 side seams. Total sewing time less than 1 hour. The zip will be either at the top or bottom of the cushion, depending of how the cushion is placed on … Continue reading

I Couldn’t Bring Myself to Throw Away the Scraps of Fabric

My boy calls me a hoarder, but I don’t think I am. I’m happy to depart with items of no use, clothing that is too small but when it comes to my fabric. Well that’s a different story! I find it very difficult to throw away any remnants and smalls pieces left over after cutting out a pattern, as I know I will find a good use for them, no matter how small. so here are a few things I have been constructing to make use of those fabric scraps. I drafted a pattern for a luggage tag to use … Continue reading

It’s Crafting Time

As I have a few more hours “free time” during the day, I’ve been planning sewing and craft projects. I’ve had a couple of busy weeks sewing  items for my Etsy shop, and I still feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day. So many plans…. never enough time to get them finished! So my plans for the next 2 weeks are: – create a couple of interesting purses using this fabulous South African Shwe Shwe fabric to sell on Etsy – MadeByNomes.Etsy.com – Design and plan the construction of my first ever patchwork quilt using this beautiful Liberty … Continue reading

Prague Fabric Shops

Goodbye London … Hello Prague. I’ve been living in Prague now for almost 2 weeks. The time has flown by! I’ve spend my time  exploring the city and trying to get to know the place from the perspective of someone who lives here, rather than a tourist visiting. Our furniture and boxes are still in storage, and wont arrive for another 2 weeks.  It’s strange to be without some many loved items.  I’m missing my sewing machine and sewing paraphernalia, especially as I have free time when I could be doing lots of sewing! So if I can’t sew, I … Continue reading