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

Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

I don’t really understand where the last month has gone.  I’ve been so busy with work, and life, and hens, and birthdays, and a glorious trip to Florence (bragging) that I was again caught off guard with the deadline for my latest make for Minerva Crafts.  Why do I do this to myself???  This month I continued my tops theme with a simple V-neck top … Continue reading Making lately: Tees, Trips and Trainers

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

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

Making Lately: Fittings and Festivities

I still view myself as a fairly new sewist – particularly when it comes to making clothes. Although I’ve got a secret (not any more mate!) aspiration to be able to take part in Me Made May I’ve got a long way to go before I can quickly and successfully whip up a new garment. I also have a bit of an issue with finishing … Continue reading Making Lately: Fittings and Festivities

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

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: 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!