McCall’s M7116 Sundress : So good I had to make it twice!

  Hi again! I’m currently in the midst of a sewing frenzy; with less than two weeks to go before we head off on our summer holidays, I’m frantically trying to sew enough things to pack! Given the lack of time, I was looking for patterns that met certain criteria; they need to be relatively … More McCall’s M7116 Sundress : So good I had to make it twice!

Chambray Shirtdress (New Look 6884) & a Snap Chat (How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps Tutorial)

  Hello! Well,  #sewtogetherforsummer has ended for this year; the winners notified and the prizes distributed but, curiously, I still wanted to make another Shirtdress! This time for my Pixie Princess – let’s face it, she’d heard me harp on enough about shirtdresses over the last few months she was bound to want one too! … More Chambray Shirtdress (New Look 6884) & a Snap Chat (How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps Tutorial)

Announcing the Giftees of #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 plus our meet up in Bristol!

You’re all winners! I could end this post there. But I won’t! It is quite a lengthy one, so stick the kettle on or, y’know, pour yourself a glass of wine! At any rate, any of the 400+ completed shirtdresses are totally deserving of a prize, or a gift. As you’re probably aware, the recipients … More Announcing the Giftees of #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 plus our meet up in Bristol!

Coppelia Wrap Cardi by Papercut Patterns : a dream of a top!

Hi again! Hot on the heels of my Classic Pedal Pushers post, I bring you the Coppelia Wrap Cardi from Papercut Patterns; I just think they pair so well! (And are unbelievably comfy; it’s like wearing a sophisticated pair of PJ’s!) I love this ballet style wrap top; it’s such a perennial staple. I chose it … More Coppelia Wrap Cardi by Papercut Patterns : a dream of a top!

Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

Hello again! So, following on from happily fitting my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress , I really wanted to  fit a basic trouser / pant; I felt I’d learnt a lot about fitting the upper half of my body but that the lower half was still shrouded in mystery. I say ‘shrouded in mystery’, what I mean is shrouded … More Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress: Ding Ding Round 2 – it’s a knockout!

Ah McCalls 6696, what a bout we’ve had! You may recall that I documented Round One with this dress? It ended with me, well, losing … resulting, as it did, with a garment that was more tent than dress. However, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet – I really wanted to go the distance with … More McCalls 6696 Shirtdress: Ding Ding Round 2 – it’s a knockout!

The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet – a perfect layering piece! #MCBN

Hi again! Long term readers of this ol’ blog may well remember me waxing lyrical about my experience sewing the first garment pattern out of Helen’s Closet, the Winslow Culottes. Well Helen’s only gone and done it again with this, the Blackwood Cardigan – it’s such an incredibly wearable, transitional, piece of clothing! I made mine out of a … More The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet – a perfect layering piece! #MCBN

Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

I’ve debated whether or not to write this post, questioning whether anybody would find it useful, meaningful or remotely interesting. But I’ve always reasoned that if I am here to document my sewing journey, I owe it to myself and any Reader to portray that journey honestly; to not prettify it or make it ‘Instagram-worthy’ only. … More Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

McCalls 6886 : The Perfect ‘throw in your suitcase’ Dress!

Way back in January when I was compiling my #2017MakeNine list, I talked about this fab stripe Ponte I’d sourced from Girl Charlee in order to try and replicate a Ready to Wear dress I’d seen on a random stranger and had instantly coveted! I’d planned to pair this fabric with New Look 6095 initially but in … More McCalls 6886 : The Perfect ‘throw in your suitcase’ Dress!