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 […]

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. […]

LaineeMakes does SewPhotoHop2018: Weeks three and four

I started off thinking I wouldn’t be able to post every day of September, and I surprised myself by making through nearly three weeks. However, I did have a holiday in the middle and also I went back to work at the beginning of September so I didn’t make it to the end.  I’m combining […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2018 Make Nine Premier Division

It’s a little less than a year since I started sharing my sewing on social media so I’m still finding all the challenges and “traditions” of this community. I always want to join in and when my other love – travel – has allowed, I have taken part sporadically, in a couple of photo challenges […]

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! […]

Evergreen: an adventure in colour and creating

A little while ago  I blogged about drafting a dress from a photo I had seen in the Vogue Pattern book. I’ll show you here how I turned that pattern into a real-life dress. The original was a shift style dress in denim and I had intended to make a close copy in the traditional fabric […]

Making it work – upsizing commercial sewing patterns.

I don’t know if it was overconfidence, wishful thinking or both but I seem to have a number of patterns that are not the right size for me. Some of these date from my earlier sewing days when I would buy patterns fully believing I was going to make that item next week. These patterns don’t […]