I love a challenge, and coming from a background of using tough as old boots coutil in my corsetry days and more recently sewing my way through a shed load of jersey projects, working with something so deliciously drapey as this latest find from Like Sew Amazing was quite a departure for me. I was… Read More The Orla Dress
A little while ago I went through a phase of going to about five weddings a year, but now that most of my friends are happily paired up such celebrations have been a bit thin on the ground, leaving far fewer opportunities to put on a posh frock. I have just the one wedding this… Read More Scuba – A Love Story
As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close here in the UK I couldn’t let it go by without some acknowledgment. The focus this year is on stress and any regular readers of the blog, especially those who’ve stuck with it for a while will know that I’ve had my fair share of that… Read More Sewing for Sanity
Whilst researching the indie pattern movement of recent years the Colette Monetta dress couldn’t escape my attention. Jersey dresses are so easy to wear. Dress-up, dress-down, chuck in a suitcase, heels, flats, you name it and they deliver. I eagerly snapped up the Monetta pattern in my first flurry of lining up projects but never… Read More The Gable Top – Kind of…
Does anyone remember that old deodorant ad from the early 2000’s? That one where women are dancing and hailing cabs with their arms pinned to their sides for fear of revealing their sweaty pits. No? Well I do, I remember it so well because it was the first time I realised I wasn’t alone in… Read More Freeing my Arms!
Who doesn’t love a bargain, and there is nothing more bargainous than a free pattern which turns out to be a homemade wardrobe winner. The Mandy Boatneck Tee from Tessuti is a beautifully boxy, one size fits all wonder which is free to download as a PDF (or Frankenstein pattern as I’ve come to call… Read More Oh, Mandy
Given that I was so late to the indie pattern party after my long break from sewing, I couldn’t go on too much longer without tackling some Tilly and the Buttons. After making her name appearing on the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee, she’s now so famous in the sewing world that… Read More An Indie Right of Passage!