Breaking it a little bit: Kaste butterfly sleeve dress

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.” […]

Telling the truth; how I made my own dress form and started to own my size.

My very first post here was a piece detailing how I refurbished my adjustable dress form. I bought Venus when I was in my late twenties and a size 10-12. Venus is an adjustable dress form that went from about a size UK 8 to UK 14 max. By the time I returned to sewing […]

In the Mood – some Free Pattern Love

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 […]

Halla Coat – Breaking the Pattern

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 […]

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 […]