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
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
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
When this fabric arrived at Oh Sew Ditsy I got a bit over-excited. Or the appropriate amount of excited? Its a Merchant and Mills Indian hand-blocked cotton. The pigment in the dye is so gorgeously rich, a lovely tomato ketchup red. There is probably a more poetic description of that colour. The cotton is a…… Continue reading Sew Over It Penny Dress (of joy)
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
Happy sigh. Following a recent trip to beautiful Rye in Sussex I am enjoying a healthy obsession with all things Merchant and Mills. I like their aesthetic, and the workshop vibe of both their shop and their branding. It reminds me more of my dad’s woodworking shed than a sewing space. It encourages us to…… Continue reading The Merchant and Mills shop and the Saltmarsh skirt