My 7 year old daughter’s class topic this term at school is “trash to treasure”. A perfect opportunity for us to cut up old stuff and sew up fun stuff! I wanted to come up with something that transforms secondhand materials. And something that wasn’t gender-specific. And something fun to make, then play with. And…… Continue reading Tutorial: recycle old jumpers into sweet kawaii monsters
I can’t get enough of this sewing pattern. Its Megan Nielsens Mini Briar t shirt. I have made absolutely loads. Our kids have a few each and I’ll even whip one up for little friends birthdays. Its nice and simple so I like to play around with contrast thread and bold colours. Love love love…… Continue reading The mini briar t shirt
Dressmaking does rather leave one with a large amount of odd-shaped fabric leftovers. I love using up as much of my fabric as humanly possible, and I am building up quite a nice little collection of patterns and templates for happy little projects. Tote bags Require roughly half a metre of fabric (assuming its the…… Continue reading Nice things to do with your fabric scraps
Only the insane amateur sewist would attempt to make a lined wool coat in two days. Well butter my bum and call me Croissant, because I did it. Of course, I had help. Lots of help. Glorious help from the wonderful Stitch Sisters, Nikki and Rachel. Squeak! The wrap around coat was designed by the…… Continue reading I made a coat with the Stitch Sisters!
I have had my beady eye on this coat for absolutely ages but I chickened out of sewing it because a coat! Too hard surely? I made the “raw-edged coat” pattern from The Essential Collection by The Maker’s Atelier. Except I didn’t want raw edges. So just the “coat” then. Sounds less impressive now. Anyway…… Continue reading My first coat!! The Maker’s Atelier Raw-Edged Coat
Oh my gosh I am in LOVE with this pattern! Its easy to make and I think it looks SO cute. Three of them zoomed off my sewing machine as I perfected the fit in versions made out of old duvet covers (which are good enough to wear but a tad too small). Its…… Continue reading A little jumpsuit: McCalls M7376
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