After my recent triumph drafting the (extremely) well-fitting trapeze top I was eager to make another attempt at a bespoke pattern; and I’ve had fabric in my stash for ages, bought for this exact purpose – so I figured it was about time it fulfilled its destiny.Read More
One of my sewing goals for 2019 was to experiment with drafting personalised patterns using the bodice block I made at UAL. It’s no secret that I started sewing as I was sick of ill-fitting ready to wear; seams and style points not hitting the right spot, gaping necklines and slippery shoulders etc. Armed with a couple of pattern-drafting books, an endless supply of drafting tools, calico and a free afternoon I decided to give it a go!Read More
So, it’s only been six months (*coughs* at least…) since I bought the Thread Theory Fairfield pattern with the intentions of making Mr Distracted a well-earned handmade shirt! And I’ve pretty much had the supplies for this make for just as long; fabric washed and ironed, pattern printed and ready to go. I guess I was put off starting by ALL. THE. PATTERN. PIECES.Read More
A special ‘secret’ project, Christmas, followed by a lingering New Year cold has had me running a bit behind posting my end of 2018 makes, and since my motivation to photograph my makes is generally terrible I’m even further behind than I had hoped! I thought I would try and catch up quickly, showing you these three lovely ladies, before those exciting 2019 projects start stacking up too!Read More
With the autumn weather creeping up fast, and with so much vlog, blog and Instagram chatter about winter wardrobe planning I started to think about what might be missing from my own wardrobe. I love winter clothes; layering up and snuggling down…Read More
I am always looking to challenge myself when sewing, and for this reason I tend to overlook simpler patterns. Especially as new relatively new sewist – I have so much to learn that it seems wasteful spending precious sewing time making simple garments. I often have to remind myself that I’m sewing to create a beautiful wardrobe for myself, and that wardrobe should be wearable no matter what it’s level of complexity!Read More
Going (swiss) dotty for the Deer and Doe Datura.
So way back in May (ooops) I was hopeful to cross off a third pattern from my #2018makenine challenge by making the Deer & Doe Datura top to take away on holiday. In fact, I actually managed to sew three quarters of the pattern in a lightweight khaki cotton, but time and body shape were just naturally not on my side.Read More
Dropping anchor with the Nanöo Idoia (not enough fabric for a) dress hack.
When I first saw the Nanöo range of patterns I was struck by how similar they were to clothes I wore growing up in the (*coughs*) eighties, and that’s probably why I bought both the Idoia and the Lillian dress patterns.Read More
Say hello to my (current) favourite pattern – The Collins top by In The Folds!
Now I really must confess that I bought this pattern with my mother in law in mind, but seeing so many great interpretations on Instagram I decided to just make a quick muslin in my size to see what I thought….Read More