Welcome to LaineeMakes

Here’s my blog! I’m starting a new blog and this is it. “So what?” I hear the Internet shriek, and probably with good reason. The Net is full of blogs, some good, some bad, some read and some unread, I know. Anyway here it comes, a random hotchpotch of things in my head. Things that I have done, things I am doing and things I want to do. Someone, somewhere out there might want to read and take something useful/comforting/amusing from it. If you are here and you see something you want to read, I’ll be delighted.

Why do one thing when there are so many to choose from? I’m a multi-tasking/Jack of all trades/wanna do everything/indecisive fool type of person and that means this will be a multi-faceted blog.

The blog is born out of a desire to rekindle my love of all of these things and to bring some creativity back into my life after too much work.

Whats in it? I love a lot of things Travel, Food (some cooking, mostly eating), Wine and (latterly) beer, Photography, Art, Fashion (Making it as well as wearing it), Nature and anything else that happens to cross my mind.

That’s what I will mostly be talking about. Something may take your fancy.


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    Pattern Marriages – jumpsuit hack … again

    Oct 27, 2019 by

    Jumpsuit Fever is still in full flow, even though the brilliant Sew Together For Summer challenge and summer itself is now over. It was so much fun seeing all the entries from all over the world and I was inspired to enter five jumpsuits in the challenge. I had actually made six but one was… Read more

  • Jumpsuit fever

    Oct 13, 2019 by

    Well didn’t we all going crazy for jumpsuits! Sewtogetherforsummer19 has really started something this year. More than 700 jumpsuits and I added 5 to that total. I’ve shared one, the Cherry jumpsuit from Mood Sewciety but that just whetted my appetite. Always one to ramp up the challenge level, I really wanted to do a… Read more

  • Sewing bookworm – a reprise of Sewing with Knits

    Oct 2, 2019 by

    A quick throwback to what is now one of my favourite pattern books, Wendy Ward’s A Beginners guide to sewing with knitted fabrics. I have used this book before and this is a pair of repeats. I’ve actually made two more Kinder cardigans and a second pair of Derwent trousers. I made a short Kinder… Read more

  • Sewing bookworm – It’s habit forming

    Sep 29, 2019 by

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, I love this book, Breaking the Pattern. I set a slightly tongue in cheek challenge to myself as I designated one square of my #makenine2019 to “Everything in the Breaking the Pattern book”. with the possible exception of the the tote, and the Utu pinafore as it felt a… Read more

  • Breaking it a little bit: Kaste butterfly sleeve dress

    Aug 23, 2019 by

    True to my word I am making more from the Breaking the Pattern book because I’m still feeling the vibe. The latest one I decided to tackle was the Kaste dress. This dress is so pretty and at first it was one of those which I thought, “It really too pretty, it’s definitely not me.”… Read more

  • In the Mood – some Free Pattern Love

    May 22, 2019 by

    I’ve got a new obsession. I visited Mood Fabrics in New York on my holiday last Autumn, the warehouse is a cornucopia of fabric and you could spend days in there. It was more a pilgrimage than a shopping spree as I didn’t buy anything because my bags were full and I had no more… Read more

  • Halla Coat – Breaking the Pattern

    Apr 21, 2019 by

    A third of the year has already gone and I have just published my MakeNine for 2019. Although I have made a few items this year already, I’m now embarking on one of the more prominent ones. I don’t really like getting caught up in hype and typically the fact that everyone likes a thing… Read more

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