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…

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)…

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…

#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,…

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%…