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
Sometimes I need to sew something that requires all of my attention and patience. So that I can lose myself in it and at the end have something I feel really proud of. The Named Patterns Reeta dress has been made by lots of sewists and many of them probably found it a breeze, but…… Continue reading My Seasalt Reeta Dress
Squeak! These little pyjamas make me so happy for many reasons! They are 100% upcycled – mostly from a duvet cover my mam made, from fabric my nana bought (so its probably at least 15 years old). I couldn’t quite squeeze them out of it so I made the front panel out of a remnant…… Continue reading Pyjamas of Joy
I enjoyed making this top so much I wouldn’t have minded if the small one hadn’t liked it. Although she likes it very very much. Her criteria for liking clothes are simple: comfort and nice fabric. If I sew clothes in fabric she loves I’m pretty much onto a winner. The fabric is a Merchant…… Continue reading Sleeveless Blouse from Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids Book
I love the fact that Ikatee sewing patterns are a thing that exist in the world. I could sew every single one I think. So far I’ve made three little garments for our small folk and I think they make me as happy as they do the recipients. The Majorque top is all kinds of lovely. …… Continue reading Hola, Frida Kahlo Top!
Please can I have sort of 1940s day dress with a 1980s safari vibe? Yes, yes I can. I want a grown-up dress that I can pop on and feel put-together and chic in with absolutely zero effort on my part. Well, lots of effort in the making part, zero effort in the getting-dressed part.…… Continue reading My Reeta Dress
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
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