Tutorial: recycle old jumpers into sweet kawaii monsters

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

Nice things to do with your fabric scraps

Dressmaking does rather leave one with a large amount of odd-shaped fabric leftovers.  I love using up as much of my fabric as humanly possible, and I am building up quite a nice little collection of patterns and templates for happy little projects. Tote bags Require roughly half a metre of fabric (assuming its the…… Continue reading Nice things to do with your fabric scraps

I made a coat with the Stitch Sisters!

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!

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

7 wonderful benefits of joining a sewing group

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

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

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