The ruffle skirt pandemic triumph

I made this skirt as part of my City & Guilds Pattern-Cutting course and at the time I was stressed and exhausted so very happy for something to focus on other than the GLOBAL PANDEMIC AAARRGH. My fabulous tutor – Julia Hincks – gave me lots of support by peering at multitudes of emailed photos…… Continue reading The ruffle skirt pandemic triumph

Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

Its day 6 of me made May and I’ve gone glam.  Pussy bow blouse and red lippy on a Wednesday, crikey, I’ll be in a ballgown by Friday. Side note – I’m wearing the blouse with a pair of ancient posh jeans that I had literally outgrown.  They are excellent quality and still looking great…… Continue reading Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

Named Patterns Ninni Culottes

Day 4 of Me Made May and I’m feeling comfy and ready for some kung-fu action! Its a lovely day, but a bit chilly in the shade so I popped my favourite jumper on 🙂 Belt –  easy-peasy – I hemmed 1.6m grosgrain from Merchant and Mills Sewists may like to know the following details:…… Continue reading Named Patterns Ninni Culottes

Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit

  Why did I wait so long to sew this fabulous pattern?  The Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit is easy to wear and a pleasure to sew. Forever ago, in the times when we were allowed to go in shops and to sewing workshops (I am writing this during the Covid-19 lockdown) my friend Suzi…… Continue reading Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit

My first coat!! The Maker’s Atelier Raw-Edged Coat

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

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

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!