Seamwork Leonara skirt

Its day 5 of Me-made May and already I’ve got nothing to wear.  Or haven’t I??!  I dug out this unloved skirt, abandoned because of a popped button and gaping and because I can never find shoes that work with it.  Well its lockdown baby, we don’t need shoes! I kinda like it now :).…… Continue reading Seamwork Leonara skirt

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

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

Holy toast, I made a Merchant and Mills shirt!

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!

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)

Megan Nielsen Briar t-shirt / sweater

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

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