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 –…

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…