Finally I made my husband the shirt I’ve been promising since forever. The All State Shirt by Merchant and Mills, to be precise. Mr Z is very neglected in my sewing – me and the kids waft around in handmade garb while he sadly buttons up his shop-bought clothes. Its time to give his wardrobe…… Continue reading Holy toast, I made a Merchant and Mills shirt!
This skirt brings joy because it is quick, easy and oh-so-customisable. Enjoy! This version is intended for little girls, but it can easily be scaled up for grown-ups. The skirt can have pockets or double layers, ribbons, pom poms and applique. I have provided here a skirt tutorial for a very basic skirt that you…… Continue reading How to make the easiest cutest skirt ever (Even if you’re a sewing newbie)
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
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
I thank the oh so very very long winter here in the UK because we get SO excited about Spring! I’m gleefully packing away my browns and burgandies and warm layers, and sewing up brighter, fresher spring shades. I am daring to leave the socks at home, and I am ignoring my poor cold ankles…… Continue reading My first spring outfit
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)
Now see this is probably my most made pattern Of All Time. First I made many many mini briars for our small people and their friends. Now I am making full-size ones for me. I made it in a beautiful viscose jersey with lovely drape. Here’s what it’s supposed to look like: And here’s my…… Continue reading Megan Nielsen Briar t-shirt / sweater
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
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
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.