Waffle Patterns Kaede Utility Apron

Out of the blue just before my Italian holiday, I was contacted by Yuki of Waffle Patterns. She was testing a new pattern. She must have read my mind because the latest pattern was a utility apron/belt. That’s a bit out of the ordinary, you may think but, for the longest time, I had been […]

Soft Suit Combo – the Trousers

For the last few years, I’ve been focused on perfecting the fit of my trousers and last summer I made the first of what is now a few pairs of linen trousers. I’ve had linen trousers in various colours over the years and they all were worn until they fell to bits. I’ve been meaning […]

Soft Suit Combo – the Preparation

Welcome to part two of the Soft Suit Combo. When I started this project, I knew it would have to be more than one blog. After all, there are three garments here, it would be an extremely long read to put them all in a single instalment. So, one blog for each item? That seemed […]

Sorbet season is here – self-drafted trousers in red shot linen

I’ve always loved linen trousers, especially on the hot days of summer. I’ve had several RTW pairs over the years and I always wore them to destruction. I’ve been meaning to make a pair for ages, but because I wanted to draft my own, it’s taken a while. I’ve also had a piece of beautiful […]

Sorbet season, take two – McCalls 8090

Once again I was hovering on the edge of a trend, the Tiered Dress trend to be specific. It takes a while for me to get my head around whether I like a trend enough to get on the bandwagon. I dabbled a bit last year with my Blouse to dress hack to see if […]

Desiginin’ December 2021: Contender Number 2

This second project for Linda’s @nicedressthanksimadeit challenge is based on an image that has travelled from the internet via various phones to Pinterest over the course of nearly a decade. I saw this catwalk look somewhere and it just stuck in my head. The image was old when I first saw it and for a […]

Button down the hatches

Trousers seem to be on my crafty mind at the moment. I made a few pairs of jeans this summer and I got the urge to make some button-front trousers in the vein of the ubiquitous Lander pants.

Mustard and white striped trousers

Ever since I bought this piece of yellow and white striped linen a picture of a pair of light, swishy trousers floated into my head and once I got my hands on the finalised @PatternlabLdn trouser block, I was determined to use that to create the summer pants of my dreams. I’ve been dabbling with […]

Vogue V1618 – Rachel Comey dress hack

This project involves a lot of ideas coming together hopefully into a good summer dress. I’ve been looking at the multitude of tiered dress patterns which have become available over the last few years and it’s put me in a bit of a dilemma. On the face of it, I wouldn’t have thought of myself […]

Three Easy Pieces – the cable textured Ponte saga part II

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Sometimes a fabric really grabs me. Sometimes they have it in lots of yummy colours. Sometimes I can’t resist buying it. Originally, I had been looking at some autumnal golds and greens but these had sold out. Not to worry my eye fell on these berry shades and a pale […]