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…

Shirtdresses : Indie Pattern Roundup #sewtogetherforsummer

The lovely Helen from Helen’s Closet has chosen her top Indie Shirtdress sewing patterns – 23 of them in fact! If you’re looking for inspiration for #sewtogetherforsummer you can read Helen’s blog post HERE And a huge thank you to all of you who have so enthusiastically joined in to date; we’re quite blown away by your…

#sewtogetherforsummer 2017 – it’s the Summer of the Shirtdress!

Planning on sewing a Shirtdress for Summer? Good, so are we! Let’s #sewtogetherforsummer ! Simply tag your newly made Shirtdress on Instagram with the #sewtogetherforsummer hashtag for the chance of being randomly selected to receive a lovely gift from one of our 16 amazing Sponsors! The idea for #sewtogetherforsummer arose from a conversation between myself…

Two pairs of Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline Studio

I’ve made two pairs of Lakeside PJ’s recently; my first pair in cotton lawn and my second slightly redrafted pair in an unbelievably soft chambray for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Head over there to read my post for them – I go into more detail about the process of binding these PJs in that post,…

Alice in Wonderland Costume : McCalls M4948

I was absolutely determined not to get caught out by World Book Day this year having had the expense of having a costume express shipped at the 11th hour last year. I asked my Pixie Princess who/what she wanted to be mid-February and she didn’t hesitate before answering ‘Alice!’ A quick Google search resulted in…

What’s in my Sewing Kit? My Favourite Sewing Tools & Gadgets

I’ve been thinking of doing a little ‘What’s in my Sewing Kit’ series for a while. Given that I’ve got something of a reputation over on Instagram as ‘Inspector Gadget Smith’ (because I regularly post whatever the latest thing to make me go “Squeeee!” is), I thought I’d kick off with my favourite sewing gadgets. Some may…

‘Project Runway’ Scuba Dress – Simplicity 8213 #MCBN

Hello lovely sewing peeps! My second make for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network is now up! You can read about my adventure sewing up Simplicity 8213, the ‘Project Runway’ dress (a pattern specifically designed for scuba) here. I’d love to know what you think; it was my second time sewing with scuba but the first time ever to…

The Paola Turtleneck Tee by Named (or ‘Sewing A Knit Too Far’!)

In an effort to build up a good collection of Winter wardrobe staples I’ve sewn quite a lot of knit patterns recently but there are still huge gaps I’ve yet to fill, including a turtleneck. I pounced on the Paola by Named Clothing; it’s an incredibly simple pattern designed for lighter weight knits with approximately 50%…

Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio

The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline is almost universally acknowledged as an easy beginner level pattern; a great introduction to sewing with Knits; a basic staple pattern; a really quick sew, a.k.a. a bit of a no-brainer. So it was rather a surprise to find that sewing the Linden gave me an unexpected opportunity to try out a…

A Perfect Everyday Skirt : the Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio #MCBN

You may (or may not 😉 ) know that recently I was invited by Minerva Crafts to their Blogger Network. I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I was; I source fabrics from Minerva routinely and greatly admire so many of the other Bloggers who contribute. So I was a bit overwhelmed initially about what…