7 wonderful benefits of joining a sewing group

Sewing our own clothes is, of course, awesome.  But sometimes it is also lonely.  It can be frustrating.  It can be expensive.  We can get stuck in a rut.  We can get distracted and sew ourselves a pair of velvet dungarees when we were supposed to be making pyjamas.  OMG, suddenly I NEED a pair…… Continue reading 7 wonderful benefits of joining a sewing group

My Miette skirt

Dressing head to toe in pink makes me very happy.  Apart from the fact that it is usually very kind to my colouring, I have just read in The Guardian that “It’s a way to be pretty while retaining your intellectual detachment.”  I’ll take it. I feel very womanly in this skirt, it’s a bit…… Continue reading My Miette skirt

A Cheeky Muu Muu dress

I think this muu muu dress from Pretty Prudent is outrageously cute and ridiculously easy to sew. I love sewing children’s clothes because I can play with patterns and colours, and they are nice and quick to make (usually). This is a free tutorial and one-size pattern, and because of its elasticated neckline and loose shape…… Continue reading A Cheeky Muu Muu dress

My Top 10 Me Made May Outfits

A whole month of wearing my me-made clothes!  Marvellous.  Because I’m a bit mad, I don’t buy clothes any more.  Extreme I know, but I just love making them.  So wearing something handmade everyday is what I already do, but making the most of the clothes I have instead of making more?  Now that is…… Continue reading My Top 10 Me Made May Outfits

Holy toast, I made a Merchant and Mills shirt!

Finally I made my husband the shirt I’ve been promising since forever.  The All State Shirt by Merchant and Mills, to be precise. Mr Z is very neglected in my sewing – me and the kids waft around in handmade garb while he sadly buttons up his shop-bought clothes.  Its time to give his wardrobe…… Continue reading Holy toast, I made a Merchant and Mills shirt!

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

This skirt brings joy because it is quick, easy and oh-so-customisable.  Enjoy!  This version is intended for little girls, but it can easily be scaled up for grown-ups. The skirt can have pockets or double layers, ribbons, pom poms and applique. I have provided here a skirt tutorial for a very basic skirt that you…… 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