Silver and Grey, perfect for May

My latest make is up on the Minerva Crafts blogger network.  This jersey loose-fit burda dress is my second attempt at the pattern and I really like the final look.  I also had a bit of a sewing breakthrough with this make on necklines and fit (wooo progress!).  The design I started with called for quite loose fitting sleeves, which, once finished, looked enormous on me!  … Continue reading Silver and Grey, perfect for May

On top of the world in Viscose

I’ve just ticked a bunch of new skills off my list and I’m feeling pretty darn smug about the whole thing.  It all began with my latest make for Minerva Crafts – as I always I spend most of the month umming and ahhing about what to make and then I make a bunch of snap decisions and spend an afternoon sewing at top speed … Continue reading On top of the world in Viscose

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

Fabrics to make you go OOH

Sometimes you discover a fabric, or range of fabrics, that is just everything.  Gorgeous styles, perfect tones, uniquely inventive designs.  In short fabrics that make you want to run giggling to your sewing machine with delirious joy; mountains of material wrapped round your shoulders. This is what Leah Duncan’s range of Art Gallery Fabrics does to me.  I AM GIDDY.  They are so freaking luscious, the designs are … Continue reading Fabrics to make you go OOH

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

The joys of sewing rogue…

Have you ever just started making something (crafting, painting, drawing, sewing, whatever your creative outlet of choice may be..) without really knowing how it would turn out? And I don’t just mean whether you like it once it’s complete, but where you go a little rogue in the process; with no set plan but only a spark of an idea of how it might turn … Continue reading The joys of sewing rogue…

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

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

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

A new embroidery project

At the start of this year I made some inspirational embroidered wall hangings.  I really loved the result – particularly that I could decorate my workspace the handmade way with a little message to keep me smiling.  I have a real fascination with embroidery – I follow tons of beautiful embroiderers on instagram (I should probably do a post sharing my favourites) and I love the … Continue reading A new embroidery project

sew over it betty dress pattern

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

DIY: Leather Look Tablet Case

I’ve got a new DIY up on Minerva Crafts: this gorgeous leather look tablet case.  I am so so in love with this fabric – I adore the rich colour and the marbled effect makes it look really expensive.  I’ve needed to make a case for my tablet for over a year (oops) so I’m really glad I’ve finally done it! You can view the full … Continue reading DIY: Leather Look Tablet Case

DIY: Playing around with Block printing

My latest make for Minerva Crafts is up and it’s all about the block printing. I bought a load of beautiful wooden printing blocks from the Knitting and Stitching show after missing out (read forgetting) at the Handmade Fair. My blocks came from gorgeous treasure trove store Bazaar and also from Colouricious. As my first attempt I went for good old fashioned neutral toned calico but couldn’t resist … Continue reading DIY: Playing around with Block printing