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 […]

Hot Girl Summer Sun Dress

Every year I always create a mini drama for myself and there is always a moment when I’m saying to myself “This isn’t going to work, don’t bother.” and this year was no different. I almost didn’t submit anything but finally ended up with two offerings and this is one of them

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 […]

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 […]

The Accidental Winner: why it pays to dig out those sewing UFOs.

Now meet my “Afterthought” dress, the late to the party dress, the slow-slow-slow game-winner. It’s months since I made her but only now got around to wearing and writing about it! I’m currently in a phase of craving instant gratification I see a new fabric or pattern and I want to sew it now, but […]

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Neither love or seams can keep you together…

Cloning My ‘Wanderer’ Jeans Every time I looked at them I knew this time had to be the last time we were together, but I couldn’t give them up. They were so good to me; they knew me so well and they knew how to make me feel good. I always ended up giving them […]

Pattern testing: Sinclair Pattern’s Clementine dress

Once you get to a certain degree of proficiency, one of the key ambitions of many sewists is to take off the training wheels of commercial dress patterns and make your own. Once I had mastered seams and zips and darts and waistbands and had made a few tailored items, this idea began to form in my […]

Entering an uplifting universe …

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 […]

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Resurrection and revamping: the mannequin dossier – part three.

Well here we are ready to get a girl back on her feet. In part two I showed you how I  re-covered both upper and lower parts of the dress-form. It now just leaves her tipsy stand to be sorted out. There’s often that moment when you have dismantled something and you realise you don’t quite […]