Simplicity 1102

Well, it started out as an Amazing Fit Simplicity 1102, and morphed its way into something else.  That’s what happens when you tell your mum you are sewing her a dress for Mothers’ Day and you let her have too much input!  If the back could be a little lower… If the side could be…

Jennifer Lauren Bronte Top

My measurements suggested I cut between an 8 and a 10 (I done know whether to call it an 8 and a half or a 9!). The first attempt wasn’t hideous, but also wasn’t particularly wearable (I lie, I’m wearing it for bed right now).  I need to make a narrow shoulder adjustment so my…

Use It Up – 2017

At my local Knit and Natter Group last night we were gifted a very large bag of knitting and sewing patterns and I acquired fifteen new ones to add to the stash.  Sorting through them and adding them to the existing boxes full made me realise I could go another couple of years easily before…

McCalls 6614

I made McCalls 6614 for my husband, but forgot to prewash the fleece, so it shrank a little.  Luckily I have a son on stand by for this one.

McCalls M7100

I made the smallest option of McCalls M7100 to fit my ten year old daughter for our trip to see Grease.  And then again for myself.   I will make it with about two inches extra on the sleeve length next time. A very easy make.  Lottie’s jacket I chose not to line, she nice…

Love Sewing Magazine, The Shannon Toursers

I tried the Shannon Trousers from Love Sewing Magazine straight from the packet hoping I’d be one of the lucky ones who could just get away with it – no such luck, my hips are huge.  I did go on a trouser block drafting course in 2015 and managed to figure out how to trace…

The “Use It Up” Fabric Challenge – UPDATE

I admit, I’m a little bit of a fabric hoarder. I don’t think there are many sewcialists who can’t say this.  I am frequently tempted by fabric sales, especially at Abakhan as they given a brilliant bargain, but I’m often too busy to actually get round to sit and sew, so it doesn’t get used…

By Hand London, Victoria Blazer

I spent a perfect sewing day with Simona from Sewing Adventres in the Attick, creating our versions of the By Hand London Victoria Blazer.  We cut, sewed and finished our jackets in the same day, also choosing to fully line the sleeves.  We took inspiration from Sonja at Ginger Makes and chose to make the…

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Alterations: There were many.  I decided to keep going with toiles until I got it spot on: Lowered the waist but 3.5cm and shortened the skirt by the same amount. Raising the underarm by 2.5cm. Taking in the shoulder back dart by another half a cm. Skirt is a size 6, leading to a size…

Adapted and Mixed Patterns

I had made a dress from the pattern New Look 6184, but despite most of the dress fit just how I wanted it to, the arm holes were a little tights at the front and I didn’t have the patience to unpick the binding and trim back.  Instead I cut at the waist and added…

Self Drafted + Costumes

Girls Pyjama bottoms – drafted by getting a rough idea for the template from the internet, folding over the top to create a tunnel for the elastic to be added.  Fabric was polycotton left over from another project, and elastic was taken out of an old pair of small pyjama bottoms with a little fabric…