Sew Long Summer, sewing for autumn

Oh my goodness, the children have started their new schools, autumn is so very nearly here and I feel far from ready. How did that happen?? Since participating in Me Made May on Instagram when I reviewed my handmade wardrobe I have been sewing summery items, not filling any of the gaps I identified, mainly long sleeve tops and … Read more

Skirt into a top #refashion

As the school summer holidays continue my desire to sew, to have space in my sanctuary of a sewing room has become ever stronger. When I spotted a gorgeous Monsoon skirt in a charity shop (op shop for American readers) I was immediately drawn to the fabric, an impulse purchase was made with the aspiration that … Read more

Moon Pocket Maxi Dress, pattern reviews

Here in the UK we are in the midst of the biggest heatwave since 1976, it’s hot. The kind of weather we British normally pay a considerable amount for a foreign holiday! It’s somewhat different trying to work in it! So when Laura of Sew Different asked me to pattern test a cool, loose maxi dress I jumped at … Read more

Bethany Pants Pattern Review

When the opportunity came up to test the new pattern Bethany Patterns released by On the Cutting Floor I leapt at the chance. The pattern comes with two length choices, full length and culottes. Here in the UK we have been experiencing a mini heatwave so it seemed the natural choice to pick the culotte … Read more

Upcycled Wool Blanket Coat – Sapporo Coat Pattern Review

Do you push yourself sewing wise? When I saw this beautiful lime blanket in a charity shop at Easter I briefly ummed and ahhed as my thoughts turned to making a coat for the first time. How could I resist such a beautiful colour at merely £10? I felt rather wary about making a coat. I … Read more

Peasant Top Pattern Hack #MMAY18

If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed I am taking part in Me Made May 2018 – it was, as is often the case, a last minute decision to take part. If you have not heard of Me Made May before you set yourself a personal challenge re wearing handmade clothes for the month … Read more

Retro Rucksack Pattern Review

Over Christmas, I decided to make myself the rucksack for work. I carry an A4 hardback notebook, floor samples, a tablet with a keyboard, plus lunch, as you can imagine the weight quickly adds up. Swapping from a shoulder bag to a rucksack is an easy change I can make to protect my pelvis and back. … Read more

Celebrating Christmas – my new red dress. Tulip Dress Sew Different

Today I am taking part in blog tour organised by Sewing by Ti. Celebrate the Holidays is all about the fabulous opportunities to celebrate during December. No matter your personal beliefs, there is plenty to celebrate. Eight days before we moved I decided to whip up another Sew Different pattern, this time I chose the Tulip Dress. … Read more

Sew Different Colourblock Dress Pattern Review

It already seems ages ago that I visited the Great British Sewing Bee Live event  – although, in reality, it’s not that may weeks! I wore my denim dress for the occasion, meeting Laura of Sew Different she kindly gifted the colourblock dress pattern. During the day I had fun choosing fabrics to sew it up with, … Read more

Bag Pattern Ellens Esplanade, Review and Giveaway

Today I am super excited to share with you my version of Ellens Esplanade, I have sewn up the bag for my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift. I am taking part of one fun large blog tour with LOTS of prizes, but more about that later. This is the first time I have made a Chris … Read more