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

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

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

You never forget your first… the lovely Bettine

I’m excited. This is the FIRST EVER garment I ever made!! I’m blogging about it 9 months after making it, so there’s no
commentary here on the details. Although I must tell you, this created high excitement, and triggered a mad love of making clothes. I did make one or two things twenty years ago (!!), but let me tell you, trying to teach yourself dressmaking with only the big 4 pattern companies patterns for company is one hair-pulling/teeth-gnashing experience. Being 20 and impatient, I gave up.