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…

# 2017 Make Nine : Organising my Sewing Plans

Happy New Year to you!!!! Hope you had a great time over the festive period! I relaxed to the point of almost total inertia; dividing my attention between my kids, a good book and the seemingly never ending supply of chocolate and cheese. I’m not usually one to sit and relax for more than 5…

The Little Red Dress Project: the Annabelle Dress by Simple Sew

I’ll be honest, when I initially heard about #thelittlereddressproject Holiday Tag hosted by Renata of RunningNStyle, I thought that, whilst it was a great project, I probably didn’t have the time to get involved. Then the latest issue of the Love Sewing magazine dropped through my letterbox complete with a free dress pattern; the Annabelle Dress…

Suzy – A New Sewing Magazine pitched for the Fashion Forward Sewist – a Review

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new kid in town. Her name is Suzy; the brainchild of Bloggers/Vloggers Dominique Major and Rosabella Riddington. She is pitched as a magazine for the ‘fashion forward sewist’, a cross-between a high street fashion mag and a table-top sewing magazine. Issue One of this biannual magazine was only available through backing the…

The Seamstress Tag

Hello lovely people. The Seamstress Tag (originated by Hollie Sews) has been popping up all over the place. I’ve suddenly found myself up through the night looking over my Pixie Princess as she recovers from illness; writing this is helping while away the dark hours. It’s just 12 questions so hopefully I won’t have time to…

New PJ’s! Sewing the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files

Woohoo I have new PJ’s! Let me tell you these were long overdue because I was too busy sewing clothes I could actually leave the house in! But the time came when my very last pair developed holes in unmentionable places and I could overlook this pattern no longer. I think  Closet Case Files  released the…

A perfect girl’s dress! New Look 6205

I’ve always found it hard buying dresses for my Little Miss; she’s a good height for her age but narrow/slender. If we buy the right length, invariably the bodice is too big with straps falling off her shoulders, necklines gaping, armholes bagging. Knowing we had a family gathering coming up in a couple of days,…

Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet

A few weeks ago I had no idea that missing from my sewing plans/pattern stash, nay indeed missing from my life, was a pair of culottes. I would have scoffed at any such suggestion. However, after reading the lovely Anya’s experience of pattern testing the Winslows and loving her versions She blogged about them here,…