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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The Adrift dress by Papercut Patterns

Have you ever had that moment when there’s a pattern you’ve seen and passed by maybe ten times but on that eleventh sighting you decide that that’s the pattern you just can’t live without? It’s just happened to me with the Adrift dress from Papercut patterns! The Adrift dress is part of the Ahoy collection […]

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The Honeycomb dress (a CocoWawa pattern)

Ana of CocoWawa invited me along to a sew-in she held at The Village Haberdashery a couple of weeks ago to sew her latest pattern – the Honeycomb Dress! At the sew-in I was joined by Ana (@cocowawa), Gabby (@gabberdashery), Rosa (@rosabella.angelica), Maddie (@thimblebee), Marie (@stitchingodyssey), Sarah (@likesewamazing) where we all sewed our own versions! […]

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The Stevie dress – a new Tilly pattern!

I feel like I’ve been waiting to post about this pattern for far too long! I was lucky enough to be one of the testers for the Stevie dress, one of the two new Tilly and the Buttons patterns that have been released this week. I’ve been sitting on it for about 3 months! The […]

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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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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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