Hello! It feels like I’ve had this dress germinating in the back of my mind since time immemorial. I originally got my hands on a sample of this Prada satin backed crepe – in red – an age ago. Whilst I loved it, I had no immediate ideas for it. Then, back in the summer, … More A ‘Black Tie’ McCalls 7119
Today’s mega topic for discussion is all about creating dartless Full Bust Adjustments for knit sewing patterns. There are loads of different methods out there; do you really need one and, if so, which works best? Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin! You may recall that recently I sewed up my first Jenna Cardigan. Whilst … More Dartless FBA for Knits – Do You Need One & What’s the Best Method?
Hurray I’ve finally sewn up a Jenna Cardi! Although a relatively simple pattern, it wasn’t without issues; mainly around fit. Let’s just start by saying that Muse state this pattern is designed for an hourglass figure (hurray!), a height of 5.10″ (boo!) and a B cup (ah hum). I’m 5.3″ and a D cup… I … More The Jenna Cardigan by Muse – a workhorse of a pattern!
September, seriously?!?! You and me need to have words! Lots of words… That went waaay too quickly! If you follow this blog or generally follow me on social media, you’ll be forgiven for thinking September was a quiet month for me as I took something of a step back from posting generally. This was … More September : All Sewn Up! (A Diary Blog Post)
I’ve made a dress to match my favourite pair of Converse trainers! That’s totally normal, right? I’m usually found running errands at break neck speed and dressed, for life preserving reasons, in baggy jeans and sensible shoes. But there are times I wish I looked a bit more ‘put together’ without, admittedly, putting in any extra … More I made a dress to match my favourite pair of Converse! The Dune maxi dress by Valentine & Stitch
Ah, c’mon, how gorgeous is this claret jersey fabric!? I’d had 3m in my stash for a few months but kept dithering about what to sew with it. But Autumn rolled in and I found myself debating whether to turn on the heating and light a fire, taking up knitting and…Christmas. Then bingo! What I … More The Va Va Voom Wrap Dress! McCalls M6884
Hi! If you follow me on Instagram and/or are a regular reader of this ‘ere blog, you may know that I spent a chunk of August back out in the States, a trip I avidly sewed for! As well as eating and drinking my own body weight, this trip also gave me much needed time to … More August: All Sewn Up (aka I fancy a chat!)
Hi all! This make is still very much in the theme of ‘Summer Sewing’ as I made them to take on our family holiday. Even in the heat, I don’t want to wear dresses or shorts every day. I wanted lightweight breathable casual trousers with pockets and preferably cuffed ankles, along the lines of the … More Viscose Harem Style Trousers : Simplicity 1887
Well the title kind of gives it away doesn’t it – I love this dress! McCall’s 7119 (see HERE) was the last item I sewed before packing for the Stateside summer jaunt to join family. It’s everything I wanted in a dress; floaty and breathable with an interesting neckline; exposed shoulders, a high-low hem and can … More My Favourite Ever Summer Dress: McCall’s M7119
Hi again! If you’ve read my last post, you will have seen that I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for the brand new pattern release from Helen’s Closet; the Suki Kimono. Well, I couldn’t very well make the robe of my dreams and then pair it with my battered ol’ slippers … More Make your own Espadrilles: How I made Slippers to match my Suki Kimono!