I first cut out this bra in June of 2018 after I had lurked through BrAugust the previous summer and promised I would make myself a bra.
If you saw my entries for Designin’ December and some of my other pieces you probably already know I have a penchant for recreating designer fashion looks on a modest budget.
“I don’t do trends”, I say and normally that would be true. When a hot new trend arrives it always takes me a while to decide whether – a. I like it b. whether I think it suits me and c. whether this is a look that could last. I still have items in my […]
Hot on the heels of making my Hopeful skirt for Kunbi I decided to take on another test knit…
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 […]
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.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
I really enjoyed my first pattern testing experience and so dived in when I saw @studiotkb requesting testers. Still easing myself back in gently I went for this top which is suitable for beginners but does use stretch fabrics so a bit of practice is needed to master sewing with stretch knits. Joining a group […]
In the days when I was a prolific maker, it was the acquisition of new skills which was always a key driver. Once I’d made a two piece T-shirt I had to learn how to insert sleeves, once I knew how to knit and purl, I had to learn how to do cable. This is […]
In part two of my mannequin restoration project, I’m now ready to start re-covering my Venus dressform. Having dithered for several weeks about how to do this and also being distracted by other activities, like holidays to Spain; de-cluttering my workspace and the many other projects on my to-do list I am finally there. Ah […]
Did I ever tell you about the time I performed a resurrection? Oh no? Well this is it. What do you with that once faithful friend who after more than a decade of neglect, you suddenly decide you need, only to discover that because you relegated her to that friendless zone of ‘got-no-time-for-hobbies-now-work-obsessed’ uselessness, she is shall we say, less than match fit.