My Favourite Ever Summer Dress: McCall’s M7119

Well the title kind of gives it away doesn’t it – I love this dress! McCall’s 7119 (see HERE) was the last item I sewed before packing for the Stateside summer jaunt to join family. It’s everything I wanted in a dress; floaty and  breathable with an interesting neckline; exposed shoulders, a high-low hem and can … More My Favourite Ever Summer Dress: McCall’s M7119

Make your own Espadrilles: How I made Slippers to match my Suki Kimono!

  Hi again! If you’ve read my last post, you will have seen that I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for the brand new pattern release from Helen’s Closet; the Suki Kimono. Well, I couldn’t very well make the robe of my dreams and then pair it with my battered ol’ slippers … More Make your own Espadrilles: How I made Slippers to match my Suki Kimono!

Announcing the Giftees of #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 plus our meet up in Bristol!

You’re all winners! I could end this post there. But I won’t! It is quite a lengthy one, so stick the kettle on or, y’know, pour yourself a glass of wine! At any rate, any of the 400+ completed shirtdresses are totally deserving of a prize, or a gift. As you’re probably aware, the recipients … More Announcing the Giftees of #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 plus our meet up in Bristol!

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

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 … More Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

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

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. … More Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

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