My Vogue 9251 birthday dress

I think this has been the longest blogging break I’ve taken since I started Self Assembly Required two and a bit years ago! It felt so weird! Well, I’m back and ready to get going again! Every year I like to make myself a “birthday” dress and with the big 3-0 coming up tomorrow I […]

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Monthly roundup #7

I might be on holiday right now but I thought I’d get my monthly roundup post up! August was yet another busy month full of crafty related activities! In the news… I’ve posted two new YouTube videos! One covers my makes from August and a second one which goes through my holiday wardrobe for my […]

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The Vogue 9253 Dress

Sorry for the mini hiatus folks! I had an incredibly hectic week last week and something had to give! Today I’ve got something very special to share with you though! This Vogue 9253 pattern has been popping up on my Instagram feed all summer long and I longed to make myself a version but I […]

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An Adrift midi dress hack

I made my first Papercut Adrift dress just a few weeks ago (check it out here!) and immediately decided it’s the perfect summer holiday dress – it’s light and airy and relatively modest for those visits to religious sites etc. And with my upcoming holiday to Egypt and Jordan at the end of the month, […]

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A Reeta playsuit hack

On a recent lookout for new patterns, I found one I really liked from République du Chiffon – the Yvonne playsuit. Which was unfortunately out of stock (and also not in English). I’m a rather impatient person so instead of waiting for it to be translated and/or come back into stock, I decided to take […]

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A hacked McCalls 7543 dress

Today I’m bringing you my latest Minerva Crafts project! This make is ALL about the fabric. I picked out the gorgeous Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage print in the cotton lawn (it also comes in a jersey crepe). I love the print on this fabric – that juxtaposition of those beautiful flowers intertwined with beetles and […]

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By Hand London’s Eloise dress!

I was a bit unsure about this pattern when I first got my hands on it. Elisalex had asked if I wanted to test the pattern (which of course I said yes to!) but I hadn’t actually seen what the pattern was like before agreeing! And whilst I generally love By Hand London pattern, there’s […]

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Monthly Roundup #6

I always say it but how quickly is this year flying by? Seven months have already gone and I feel like I’m always playing catch up with all my plans! Anyway, here’s a round up of July! In the news… I’ll be holding my first workshop next month! I’ve been invited to teach a t-shirt […]

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A cropped Carolyn PJ shirt

I had the idea for this shirt a while back but it’s taken me a while to get round to doing it! I originally tried the Closet Case Carolyn pyjama pattern a year or so ago (see it here) with the idea of wearing it is a regular shirt. Unfortunately due to the type of […]

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