Hi! Please indulge me – I wanted to share two things with you; my excitement over my first published sewing magazine article and it’s subject matter – my Matilda Shirtdress from Megan Nielsen! I popped along to the newsagents the other day and picked up the January edition of Sewing World magazine because… look! Inside there’s me! … More The Matilda Shirtdress by Megan Nielsen : my first magazine article!
Ah I love this ‘gentle challenge’ because it’s more of a personal pledge than anything; a New Years’ Resolution, if you will. Not only do I find this challenge a useful tool for focusing the ol’ thought processes, I’m hoping it also reflects the evolution of my skill-set and style. Well, that’s the excuse I’m using to … More My #2018MakeNine : my ‘I’m All Giddy With Excitement’ list!
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?
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
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!)
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
The lovely Helen from Helen’s Closet has chosen her top Indie Shirtdress sewing patterns – 23 of them in fact! If you’re looking for inspiration for #sewtogetherforsummer you can read Helen’s blog post HERE And a huge thank you to all of you who have so enthusiastically joined in to date; we’re quite blown away by your … More Shirtdresses : Indie Pattern Roundup #sewtogetherforsummer
Planning on sewing a Shirtdress for Summer? Good, so are we! Let’s #sewtogetherforsummer ! Simply tag your newly made Shirtdress on Instagram with the #sewtogetherforsummer hashtag for the chance of being randomly selected to receive a lovely gift from one of our 16 amazing Sponsors! The idea for #sewtogetherforsummer arose from a conversation between myself … More #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 – it’s the Summer of the Shirtdress!
I’ve been thinking of doing a little ‘What’s in my Sewing Kit’ series for a while. Given that I’ve got something of a reputation over on Instagram as ‘Inspector Gadget Smith’ (because I regularly post whatever the latest thing to make me go “Squeeee!” is), I thought I’d kick off with my favourite sewing gadgets. Some may … More What’s in my Sewing Kit? My Favourite Sewing Tools & Gadgets