The Aspen polo shirt (menswear)

Menswear. It tends to be a forgotten about part of dressmaking in my world. Let’s face it – why would we bother making stuff for our partners/ dads/ brothers/ friends when we could be making lots of pretty dresses for ourselves!!! 🤣 (that’s assuming the majority of you reading this are women by the way…) […]

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Bees galore!!! (+ a fabric giveaway)

When I was approached by TÉLIO a couple of months ago I was mostly a bit baffled. I’d never heard of the company before and wondered what they wanted to bring to the home sewing market. After a little researching I found out TÉLIO was a huge fabric wholesaler in North America. They import and […]

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A multicoloured Perth dress

The Perth Dress from Carolyn & Cassie (AKA @handmadebycarolyn) is the first womenswear sewing pattern release from this little indie company. I know, I know. Yet another shirt dress. But I felt this one was different enough to be worth trying out! The Perth dress has a dartless A line shape featuring a back yoke, […]

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The Vogue 9075 jumpsuit

(A Like Sew Amazing blog squad post) Now the Vogue 9075 is a pattern I’ve had in my stash for a while. I’ve made the dress version of it before, as well the culottes by themselves but I felt it was high time for me to make the full jumpsuit! (It’s funny cause I initially […]

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More Ginger jeans!

I’ve gone into jeans making mode here at Self Assembly Required HQ. I made my first pair of Closet Case Ginger jeans about a year or so ago and I loved them. They weren’t perfect but I was happy with them and they fit much better than any RTW ones I’d had before. I planned […]

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The Stella joggers

Considering how much I love this pattern, I’m surprised I haven’t blogged about it! The Stella joggers (+ hoodie) pattern is from the latest Tilly and the Buttons Stretch book. It’s the ultimate loungewear set of slim fit jogging bottoms and a classic hooded sweatshirt. I made my original Stella joggers last year (I was […]

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The Grainline Studio Archer shirt

My latest Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make is the Archer shirt from Grainline Studio. I love Grainline’s aesthetic – modern classics for everyday casualwear. I’m sure most people have at least one Grainline patterns in their stash! I’ve made a couple of things from them before – the Linden sweatshirt and the Driftless cardigan – […]

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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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