Moon Pocket Maxi Dress, pattern reviews

July 27, 2018

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 the chance. The Moon Pocket Maxi Dress is the perfect dress…

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DIY Gold Leaf Necklace

July 22, 2018

I don’t know about you but I go through a variety of thoughts re costume jewellery, sometimes I love it, sometimes I’m not so sure. But there is no doubt that a necklace can transform an outfit, dressing up or down.  I’m currently taking part in a buy no new clothes challenge for three months. I have to confess I am finding the summer sales…

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Bethany Pants Pattern Review

July 15, 2018

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 length with a medium weight linen type fabric (a former…

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How to make a Recycled Denim Waistband Cushion

July 1, 2018

A passion for recycling jeans often leaves me with a pile of waistbands that I am not sure what to do with. This denim cushion cover is inspired by the variety of tones of colour in the waistbands. It is such a shame for any part of old jeans to go to waste. Make fun & unique denim cushions with a pompom trim. These denim…

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DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018

June 22, 2018

A few weeks back I signed up to take part in #restylingexchange being run by AmyNicoleStudio and Pilar Bear:- “Our hopes for this year’s restyling exchange is to get even more participants, raise awareness for refashioning and being sustainable in our sewing practice” My immediate thoughts were what fun to take part in a global refashioning event – to post a garment from my wardrobe…

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Spring Blooms Tote Bag – Free Pattern, Wool Tote Purse

June 17, 2018

Did you see the Sapporo coat I made a couple of weeks ago? It seemed only fitting to use the remaining wool blanket to make a  coordinating bag to go with the coat. I spent Sunday morning with newspaper, creating a variety of templates. My son kindly named the bag for me.   If you are a newsletter reader you will find this pattern in…

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