Keeping a promise: I make something from my vintage #burdastyle magazine collection 

At the beginning of the year, I committed to joining in the Burdastyle challenge at the prompt of Hila @saturdaynightstitch. Now we are already in the second half of the year  I better do something about honouring my pledge. I have been nursing this piece of fabric in my stash for a long time, I […]

Testing, testing: how to reach out by testing for others

One of the really rewarding things I have discovered in my first year as an online sewist is the benefit of testing. I’ve been lucky enough to get involved in a number of product tests and reviews which have allowed me to move ahead in my sewing. Did I hear you say “Freebies!” The overarching proviso […]

Sewtogetherforsummer my SMYLY time.

This time last year I was bursting with joy over the brilliant challenge started by @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain. so this year I had to enter again and it just so happened that the challenge garment was on my #2018makenine list. The Diane von Furstenberg Wrap dress is the inspiration and I wanted to draft my […]

Blast from the Past: One of my DKNYs takes life

During 2017 I kept saying to myself I have to address my patterns stash as well as the mountain of fabric I have accumulated. I settled on a pattern the which I’ve had for many years and never made up. I actually cut this out months earlier on a trip to my sister’s but my busy […]

Sleevetober? A twist in the tale.

I didn’t have time to enter #sleevefest as I was travelling, nevertheless, I am bringing it with a sleeve AND and twist front on my latest make. This dress is my favourite RTW dress and I’ve worn it nearly to death. I have been trying to figure out the twist front for years without success! […]

Self drafted T-shirt goes long – taking it to the Maxi.

In March I was getting my sewjo back with a vengeance and sewed my first self-drafted item for a while. I made a simple T-shirt based on an old RTW favourite and used some dramatic fabric to give it life. I’m going to use the same technique and extend that self-made pattern into a maxi […]