The Pumpkin cardi review

The new Cocowawa sewing pattern has landed! The Pumpkin cardigan and cardi dress is the perfect transitional weather item. It’s made using knits and comes with so many versions and options your head will spin! It comes in two lengths – cardigan length or dress length; regular sleeves, cuffed sleeves or sleeveless; two necklines; optional […]

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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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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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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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