I was delighted to get my hands on Tilly Walnes' new book, Stretch. It didn't disappoint. I have sewn a fair bit of jersey before and as a person with poor fitting skills, I prefer stretch fabrics. I don't get on well with my overlocker so I liked that part of the book. Much like … Continue reading Totally chillin in our #stella hoodies and #internationalwomensday
Can you believe my colleague said that this look genuinely suited me? I don’t know exactly what she meant, but this is not going to be my look of choice, don’t worry. One of the many joys of being a teacher, is having to dress up on frequent occasions. It used to be so embarrassing … Continue reading Upcycled Charity Shop Raid to Victorian Teacher Outfit
It's been a while since I've made anything for Hazel, I enjoyed every minute of this make! It all started with H rifling through her wardrobe and demanding to wear a dress - for size 12-18 months. I looked at the dress and realised that I thought I may be able to make one fairly … Continue reading Back to sewing dresses for my little girl #buildingblockdress
I'll start with the Linden. I've coveted this for a long time, but worried about the fit and final look after my #toaster disappointment, I decided I'd go cheap first. Thankfully, Fabricland did not disappoint and I picked up this cute 'winter jersey'. I can't remember the price but it would have been under £4 … Continue reading #redjanuary update plus a #grainlinelinden success
Hi all, this isn't a sewing related blog entry. I signed up to do #redjanuary to raise money for Mind. All you need to do is get outside everyday and do a walk or a run. The idea being that while raising money for mental health, you'll improve your own mental wellbeing while you're at … Continue reading RED January #redjanuary2018
I've not taken part in #stitchingsanta before, organised by Sheila of #sewchet, but I really enjoyed it! It certainly brought a little buzz back into Christmas, especially since I left it until the 27th to open as we were visiting rellies this year. Who knew that my secret crafter would have the same size feet … Continue reading #Stitchingsanta was good to me this year.
I was in a real sewing slump after my disaster with the shift dress. This little beauty saved me! When I saw the Heather pattern from Sew Over It, I knew I would love it. My signature style at the moment is long comfy tunics over a pair of leggings and I find sewing with … Continue reading Heather by Sew Over It in Prison Stripes
I’ve had a miserable time behind the sewing machine for the last few weeks. I was asked to make something for a friend. The fabric was expensive because I had it printed with a specific pattern, I have never made anything for anyone else before (other than H), I’d never used the pattern before or … Continue reading Sh*t Shift Dress
I’ve offered a sewing club at school. Years ago this would have been a much more relaxed group I am sure. However, it is desperately sad that in my experience, year on year children’s hands-on skills are deteriorating. In the past I’ve met children of 7 who have never used sellotape. I have had to … Continue reading Creativity: Your school needs you!