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
When I was at school, I used to be pretty good at drawing and painting. I did it for GCSE, then A level. But at my traditional grammar school, art was seen as a soft subject, had zero funding and I was certainly made to feel that my talents were no where near as worthy … Continue reading I used to paint
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. 8th to 14th May 2017. Ironically, this is the same week that 10 and 11 Year olds in England sit their SATs. I feel compelled to get on my soap box about two things related to Mental Health to help people become more aware of it; how SATs affect children … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week: Rant 1 – SATs
Hazel's World Book Day outfit happened on a whim. I hadn't planned to make her an outfit at all, but I found myself twiddling my thumbs on the weekend and the idea popped into my head. Her favourite book is "Click Clack Moo" by Doreen Cronin. I've had it for years as I have a … Continue reading Cow Print A-line dress – My Moovalous World Book Day Make
I made it to the end of a term of the first sewing club! Bless them, they are delighted with their drawstring bags and felt-book-pin cushions. We were sewing right to the end to get them finished, but I’m glad they get to take home two projects before Christmas. I saw so many magic … Continue reading First rule of sewing club…
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!