Coppelia Wrap Cardi by Papercut Patterns : a dream of a top!

Hi again! Hot on the heels of my Classic Pedal Pushers post, I bring you the Coppelia Wrap Cardi from Papercut Patterns; I just think they pair so well! (And are unbelievably comfy; it’s like wearing a sophisticated pair of PJ’s!) I love this ballet style wrap top; it’s such a perennial staple. I chose it…

Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

Hello again! So, following on from happily fitting my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress , I really wanted to  fit a basic trouser / pant; I felt I’d learnt a lot about fitting the upper half of my body but that the lower half was still shrouded in mystery. I say ‘shrouded in mystery’, what I mean is shrouded…

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress: Ding Ding Round 2 – it’s a knockout!

Ah McCalls 6696, what a bout we’ve had! You may recall that I documented Round One with this dress? It ended with me, well, losing … resulting, as it did, with a garment that was more tent than dress. However, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet – I really wanted to go the distance with…

The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet – a perfect layering piece! #MCBN

Hi again! Long term readers of this ol’ blog may well remember me waxing lyrical about my experience sewing the first garment pattern out of Helen’s Closet, the Winslow Culottes. Well Helen’s only gone and done it again with this, the Blackwood Cardigan – it’s such an incredibly wearable, transitional, piece of clothing! I made mine out of a…

Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

I’ve debated whether or not to write this post, questioning whether anybody would find it useful, meaningful or remotely interesting. But I’ve always reasoned that if I am here to document my sewing journey, I owe it to myself and any Reader to portray that journey honestly; to not prettify it or make it ‘Instagram-worthy’ only….

McCalls 6886 : The Perfect ‘throw in your suitcase’ Dress!

Way back in January when I was compiling my #2017MakeNine list, I talked about this fab stripe Ponte I’d sourced from Girl Charlee in order to try and replicate a Ready to Wear dress I’d seen on a random stranger and had instantly coveted! I’d planned to pair this fabric with New Look 6095 initially but in…

My Baby Blog is 1!!!

Wowzers…my baby Blog is 1 year old!!! It only seems like the blink of an eye since I hesitantly uploaded my first post. I couldn’t possibly have conceived, when my finger hovered over the ‘publish’ button for the first time, what an absolute adventure Bloggerhood would be. Since then we’ve hit some major developmental milestones;…

Sewing Collars : 10 Tips ‘n’ Tricks!

Following on from our Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks! post, today we bring you the second instalment of our #sewtogetherforsummer posts to help you create your best ever Shirtdress – our Top 10 tips ‘n’ tricks to sewing the perfect collar – I can’t wait to have another go at my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress so that I can incorporate…

A Little Lady Liberty Dress : New Look 6205 #MCBN

Ah New Look 6205 how I love thee. And Liberty fabric how I adore and now obsessively covet thee! Seriously, this is the third time I’ve sewn up this dress for my daughter to date. She absolutely loves it. The first time I made it up in this gorgeous pink patchwork poplin (and blogged about it here)…

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress – Ding Ding: Round One!

You’d be forgiven for thinking, as a co-host of #sewtogetherforsummer, that I’ve  sewn a dozen shirtdresses before but…no. The Challenge was very much designed around the idea of encouraging us to dig deep into our pattern stashes and surface with a project kept on a back-burner for far too long. I’m certainly no exception –…

Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks!

Since we launched the #sewtogetherforsummer  sewing challenge over on Instagram, a number of sewers have said that they’re really keen to participate but the thought of sewing buttonholes gives them the heebie-jeebies! So, with that in mind, here’s a post full of tips and tricks to get you confidently sewing those dreaded buttonholes into your…

The Sponsored Gifts for #sewtogetherforsummer 2017

Thank you all so much for responding so enthusiastically to #sewtogetherforsummer – it’s been absolutely fantastic to see so many of you already choosing your fabrics and patterns! If you’re looking for ideas you can check out the #sewtogetherforsummer Instagram hashtag page to see what others are planning or read Helen’s Closet ‘Indie Darling’ Shirtdress blog…