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
My 7 year old daughter’s class topic this term at school is “trash to treasure”. A perfect opportunity for us to cut up old stuff and sew up fun stuff! I wanted to come up with something that transforms secondhand materials. And something that wasn’t gender-specific. And something fun to make, then play with. And…… Continue reading Tutorial: recycle old jumpers into sweet kawaii monsters
I can’t get enough of this sewing pattern. Its Megan Nielsens Mini Briar t shirt. I have made absolutely loads. Our kids have a few each and I’ll even whip one up for little friends birthdays. Its nice and simple so I like to play around with contrast thread and bold colours. Love love love…… Continue reading The mini briar t shirt
Dressmaking does rather leave one with a large amount of odd-shaped fabric leftovers. Fear not – there are several thousand ways to use them up. Here are some of my favourites. AKA ideas for gifts when you are skint. Or when your cup of happiness overfloweth and you just feel like making someone something. Tote…… Continue reading Nice things to do with your fabric scraps
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
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
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