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

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

How to do a fashion revolution – from shopaholic to conscious sewist in 5 steps

The fashion revolution is a global movement that encourages us to buy fewer clothes, care more, and know how to make the clothes you love last for longer. I had a little fashion rebellion of my own two years ago when I decided to stop shopping for clothes and to make my own.  I wasn’t…… Continue reading How to do a fashion revolution – from shopaholic to conscious sewist in 5 steps

Sew Over It Penny Dress (of joy)

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)

Handmade fabric baskets make me happy

Don’t you find that sewing brings forth parts of you that you didn’t know existed?  Mostly good parts.  So I learned that I need clean and tidy and organised spaces to make stuff in.  I have to tidy up before I sew. I just re-organised my sewing cupboard and suddenly a wave of sewjo hit…… Continue reading Handmade fabric baskets make me happy

The Merchant and Mills shop and the Saltmarsh skirt

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