I have excellent taste. Monkeys, zebra print and hot pink faux fur hoodie.

  The lunacy of this outfit reflects my freshly ignited passion for sewing that I'm going through at the moment. Hazel is totally dissing all the dresses I make for her, but she was happy with the foxy hoodie, so I embarked on making her another one. This time instead of using my stash, I … Continue reading I have excellent taste. Monkeys, zebra print and hot pink faux fur hoodie.

Totally chillin in our #stella hoodies and #internationalwomensday

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

Upcycled Charity Shop Raid to Victorian Teacher Outfit

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

Back to sewing dresses for my little girl #buildingblockdress

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

#redjanuary update plus a #grainlinelinden success 

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 

#Stitchingsanta was good to me this year.

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.

Mental Health Awareness Week – Part 2: Seven Ways Sewing can help your Mental Well Being (and 4 ways it doesn’t!)

As promised, I thought I would write a second blog for Mental Health Awareness Week on how sewing helps keep me sane. I think sewing really took over just as one of my other obsessions came to an end - horses! I had a gap in my "me-time" that needed filling and sewing seemed to fit … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – Part 2: Seven Ways Sewing can help your Mental Well Being (and 4 ways it doesn’t!)

I’ve just escaped from an institution and I’m on my way to a toga party – How do I look? #sewmystyle

In real life, I find it difficult to hold my tongue. I was elsewhere when "tact" was being issued. In internet land, I try to keep things positive; shine a good light on things. But seriously? This dress was an absolute load of balls. It is the Bridgetown backless dress by Sewhouse7. I made it … Continue reading I’ve just escaped from an institution and I’m on my way to a toga party – How do I look? #sewmystyle

End of year ramble; minimalism, new year’s resolutions and sewing plans…

People don’t believe me at first when I say I’m not doing Christmas. I’ve “not done it” a few times now. It’s not really a bah humbug thing, but a combination of wanting to make it feel a bit more special and not allowing buying things to take over December. I do meet up with … Continue reading End of year ramble; minimalism, new year’s resolutions and sewing plans…