I Can Make Shoes!

Have you ever wondered how shoes were made and if you could somehow magically make them yourself? If you have then the I CAN Make Shoes course are totally for you! As a massive lover of shoes, you can imagine how over the moon I was when Amanda from I CAN Make Shoes, based in […]

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The Omer jacket (more menswear!)

There’s been a lot of gift giving in June at Self Assembly Required HQ! Today’s post is all about the Omer jacket – another make from the La Maison Victor magazine. I don’t know why I’m making all the menswear patterns from this magazine but it’s working out pretty well for me so far! 🤣 […]

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A DIY round raffia box bag

These round straw/raffia box bags have been floating around since last summer and are still going strong! I was never that bothered about getting one but I was finally swayed by Instagram that it would be a great idea! (Thanks Zeena for the inspo! By the way, if you don’t follow her already on Instagram you […]

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Channeling the 80s – the Marion jacket

I’m a big fan of trying out new indie pattern companies. I always think they bring a exciting point of view to the home sewing world. Whether that’s from a design aspect or construction, there’s always something new! I found Scottish brand Pipe Dream Patterns on Instagram (of course!) and I fell for their 80s […]

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More bridesmaid attire…

It’s not for me this time though! One of my sisters was a bridesmaid at a Nigerian traditional wedding this week. Interestingly, their custom involves giving their bridesmaids the chosen fabric and the bridesmaids go away and get their dresses made in whatever style they want! I guess it’s a great way to make everyone […]

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A super glam wedding outfit!

So the friend who I made the bridesmaids jumpsuits for also held an Asian wedding reception too – a perfect excuse for me to go all out on another outfit! I was determined to make an outfit in an Indian style for this evening (though I did have a back up plan in the form […]

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Bridesmaid jumpsuits!

Following on from the kimono/ pyjama bridal gift post, I’ve finally gotten round to posting the jumpsuits I made for our bridesmaids outfits! So before we get into the whole “Jumpsuits? For a wedding? That’s totally not going to work!” thing, I’ll just start by saying that this was for a low-key civil service for […]

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Replicating the Runway A/W 17

So this post is about 6 months late… Needless to say it’s taken me a wee bit longer than expected to find the motivation and inspiration for this! I started the Replicating the Runway series last year where I made my own version of a rather fab Christian Dior t-shirt and sheer tulle skirt combo. […]

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Trend Patterns // The Knot Front Dress

The Knot Front Dress has definitely been one of my favourites of the Trend Patterns recent pattern releases. The simple style with the quirky open back totally floats my boat! I picked this PDF pattern up in the sales last year and finally got round to printing it off and putting it together. (I also […]

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