My MakeNine for 2019 before 2019 is over…

It’s nearly the end of February and I haven’t yet declared my #makenine for this year. I’ve been really busy since I went back to work last September, so sewing time has been drastically reduced. I’ve also been trying to cut down my social media addiction by not being on IG and FB so much. […]

The T-shirt maxi Mark II

Hello, it’s me! Long-ish time no blog. I know it’s still winter and I’m still feeling that post-Christmas, pre-spring slow-jo that I get every year. I realised I hadn’t shared a lovely make from last summer, and the blog was festering in drafts, so here it finally its. A couple of summers ago, I drafted […]

My Sewing review of 2018 – Helter Skelter, See Saw, Bumper Cars:

2018 It was up, then it was down, It was fast then it was slow, I was here and I was there. It was a good year overall but the end of 2018 tells me I need to be a little less That Random Madam. I set myself a Make Nine challenge at the end of […]

Advanced/Plus Difficile… Irresistible!

Looking through my pattern stash/library I realised that quite a lot of my old Vogue patterns are graded ‘Advanced/Plus difficile’. Why is that phrase so appealing to me? It just reveals that side of me that can’t resist a challenge. At times I think I’ve viewed my sewing like an extreme sport, the more challenging […]

LaineeMakes does SewPhotoHop2018: Week Two

Well, well, well. How time flies. It’s been ages since #sewphotohop but I am behind in my posts. Work, travels and needing to talk about other stuff meant that my week two round up is well late. Here it is anyway. Day 8: This was ‘Especially for… ‘ this prompt seemed to be taken in […]

It’s not all pink and shiny – Diversity, where art thou?

A week or so ago, I caught sight of a post under the Sewcialists banner on diversity, which really got me thinking,  the post written by @sewnbrooklyn tackled the subject of the lack of diversity in sewing publications. I was still mulling it over when @thelittlepomegranate upped the ante when she shared her post and […]

LaineeMakes does SewPhotoHop2018 : Week One

I’m entering another photo challenge. No sooner had #braugust2018 come to a close than it was time for #SewPhotohop. It’s organised by Rachel of @houseofpinheiro and seems to be one of the most popular on the sewing IG calendar. I joined in sporadically last September because, as always seems the case I was away for […]

The spoils of the sewing challenge

I finally made something using my gift from last years #sewtogetherforsummer challenge. I’m playing it safe but I have made a dress using my Tunic Bible, which was given to me by Sarah, Suzy and Monika last year. I’ve enjoyed reading the book through a couple of times last year when I won it and […]