My New Rock Lobster dress

It only took 6 weeks but finally my new dress is complete and I’ve blogged about it over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  The fabric is a casual crab and lobster print and I am really really pleased with it.  Because I had so little weekend time available to sew I made this across a few sittings on various evenings and the odd sunday … Continue reading My New Rock Lobster dress

DIY: Fit and Flare dress

My latest make is up on Minerva Crafts… and this one was a right old drama!  After following the pattern initially I finished the dress and it was laughably huge (I promise I measured it properly).  I increased the seams once, twice, three times (lesson learned – if your dress is laughably huge be bold when taking it in so you don’t have to do … Continue reading DIY: Fit and Flare dress

DIY: Leaf brooches

This DIY came about while I was stuck inside hiding from the rain.  I love a quick project and now I’m layering up pins and brooches make perfect accessories.  What’s lovely about the leaf design is that you can adjust the shape and colours in any way you fancy – golden browns, dark rich greens, or fiery oranges… love those autumn colours!  I don’t think … Continue reading DIY: Leaf brooches

Denim dreams and summer time tops

Hooray for bank holidays and all that extra making time. The august bank holiday was a real treat because I managed to find time to continue celebrations for my birthday (woop), sort another whole section of my flat out and make time for some all important sewing. This month for Minerva Crafts I tackled the New Look Ladies Easy Skirt sewing pattern for the second time -this … Continue reading Denim dreams and summer time tops

Jumpsuit Joy

Do you love jumpsuits? Because I love jumpsuits! They’re comfy, awesome for going from lounge to lively in one leap and they’re so stylishly laid back. I love them. Now annoyingly as I’m pretty tall but not super skinny I find it really hard to buy jumpsuits that properly fit me (I have a longer body/shorter legs than most for my height) so I figured … Continue reading Jumpsuit Joy

DIY: Nailed it with Zazzle

It’s confession time. I’m ashamed to say it, particularly as a crafter as it feels like my hands are on show all the time, but my nails are a total atrocity.  A combo of biting them when I was younger (and in times of stress), working with wire, tapes, glues, intricate beading and just plain old bad luck has left me with super short, super … Continue reading DIY: Nailed it with Zazzle

Sewing plans

I’ve just been asked to plan out my next three months of makes for Minerva Crafts Bloggers Network so I thought I could share my ambitions with you.  I’m sticking with making clothes (although I loved making my tablet case, fascinator and crochet necklace) but I really want to start feeling comfortable with some of the terms and techniques used in construction.  I am of course watching … Continue reading Sewing plans

DIY: Easy Tote Bag

I own quite a lot of tote bags already but I use them for everything – particularly storing craft materials.  This is a great little project that’s quick, will result in a really useful and beautiful bag and will help you practice some basics in construction (read fiddly sewing!). The fabric was a DIY in its own right as I actually designed the pattern myself.  … Continue reading DIY: Easy Tote Bag

Summer Time Skirt

My latest make for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network is now online. This month I made a simple skirt – on my own, sans mums help, sewing solo! Quite the achievement! This pattern was great for beginners so if you’re considering starting to sew this is a great way in. You can read the full post here and the gorgeous William Morris fabric can be found here … Continue reading Summer Time Skirt

DIY: Flower Crown

Sunshine, blue skies, colour everywhere – could this be summer?  Yes please!  My diary is filling up with picnics, my garden has been overtaken by bluebells and it’s also Chelsea Flower show in just a few weeks so what better way to while away an afternoon than by making a pretty floral crown.  Flower headdresses have been a staple of festivals, rustic weddings and craft … Continue reading DIY: Flower Crown

DIY: EMOJI keyrings!

I am an emoji addict.  I love those little critters.  I’ve swapped to an iphone recently and honestly the main improvement I talk about is the fact I now have unicorn and champagne emojis.  And I’m not the only one – have you seen the hundreds of emoji makes coming from blogs like Studio DIY and Aww Sam?  Some of my favourites are these awesome … Continue reading DIY: EMOJI keyrings!

The Betty Dress

I’ve made my first ever dress and I can finally reveal it to the world!!  You may have seen my recent post all about the thoughts that ran through my head whilst sewing this bad boy – it was quite a… transformative experience…to say the least. See the full blog up on Minerva crafts now! What do you think? (ps photos are by my very … Continue reading The Betty Dress

26 thoughts I had sewing my first dress

Recently I decided to bite the bullet and sew a dress from scratch for the very first time. Already a challenge I then decided to try and make the dress in 1 sewing session, across 1 day. Sure.  Thankfully my mum offered to help or I think I would have ended the day still dressless and crying in a pile of useless fabric remnants clutching … Continue reading 26 thoughts I had sewing my first dress

Learn at Home with London Jewellery School

London Jewellery School have just launched some exciting new online courses!  That’s right – courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.  It’s a fantastic initiative, not only because it means people living in other parts of the UK can now learn from their brilliant tutors (who are all professional jewellery designers) but also because being a busy person … Continue reading Learn at Home with London Jewellery School

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My first dressmaking pattern

I’ve just bought my first dressmaking pattern and I’m finally finally going to tick off a resolution of about 2 years back that I would make something to wear. It’s a Betty dress from Sew Over It – in a simple vintage style and I’ve chosen some simple polka dot navy cotton dress fabric to make it with. Luckily my mum has agreed to make … Continue reading My first dressmaking pattern