How to make the easiest cutest skirt ever (Even if you’re a sewing newbie)

One of the first things I sewed was a tiny skirt for our then 4 year old.  I felt like a “proper mam”, because my mam sewed and knitted for me when I was little, as did my nana.  Since then I have lost count of how many of these skirts I’ve made for our…… Continue reading How to make the easiest cutest skirt ever (Even if you’re a sewing newbie)

I made this! How 3 women got me to commit to a month of sustainable sewing

There’s a thing in sewing land called “Me Made May”.  It is a Good Thing – people who make their own clothes pledge to wear them throughout May, basically.  It was created by Zoe Edwards (read on for more on Zoe) 9 years ago and its getting bigger every year. I’ll be wearing my absolute…… Continue reading I made this! How 3 women got me to commit to a month of sustainable sewing

How to do a fashion revolution – from shopaholic to conscious sewist in 5 steps

The fashion revolution is a global movement that encourages us to buy fewer clothes, care more, and know how to make the clothes you love last for longer. I had a little fashion rebellion of my own two years ago when I decided to stop shopping for clothes and to make my own.  I wasn’t…… Continue reading How to do a fashion revolution – from shopaholic to conscious sewist in 5 steps

Sew Over It Penny Dress

This is my happy dress, as you can see from the joyful prancing in the holiday snap above.   I made it in a summer-weight Indian blockprint cotton from Merchant and Mills, which also makes me very happy. I really enjoyed going slowly with this dress, it was the first time I’d sewn a collar or…… Continue reading Sew Over It Penny Dress

Megan Nielsen Briar t-shirt / sweater

Now see this is probably my most made pattern Of All Time.  First I made many many mini briars for our small people and their friends.  Now I am making full-size ones for me. I made it in a beautiful viscose jersey with lovely drape.   Here’s what it’s supposed to look like: And here’s my…… Continue reading Megan Nielsen Briar t-shirt / sweater

Handmade fabric baskets make me happy

Don’t you find that sewing brings forth parts of you that you didn’t know existed?  Mostly good parts.  So I learned that I need clean and tidy and organised spaces to make stuff in.  I have to tidy up before I sew. I just re-organised my sewing cupboard and suddenly a wave of sewjo hit…… Continue reading Handmade fabric baskets make me happy