A new summer staple – the Tie Dress

[Before I get into this post, just a quick plug for the fabric giveaway I’m hosting over on my Instagram. It’s to celebrate hitting 10k followers and also my 1 yr anniversary of blogging on Self Assembly Required! Head over there to enter!] — I came across Charlotte Kan’s Tie Dress a while ago when […]

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The Sula Blazer – Ralph Pink

One of the big things I wanted to add to my day to day wardrobe was a decent black blazer. Something that could work smart-casual.  I got the Ralph Pink Sula blazer as part of a prize from the Indie Pattern Month competition run on The Monthly Stitch. That was 10 months ago and I […]

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The Frill Hem Top – Trend Patterns

I love frills! Frills and embroidery are going to end up covering my entire summer wardrobe, I can just tell! My first of many frilly tops for this summer is the Frill Hem Top from Trend Patterns. I originally wrote about this pattern when I interviewed Lucy from Trend Patterns a couple of weeks ago […]

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On making a cohesive wardrobe (or not) – Part 2

I started thinking about building  a cohesive wardrobe a couple of weeks ago after finding a lot of the items I was sewing just didn’t seem to fit in with anything else in my wardrobe! So I set myself the challenge of defining my basic wardrobe style and setting a plan for a basic capsule […]

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A Q&A with Trend Patterns

I don’t just love sewing and making clothes. I love fashion, the design, the styling and all that goes with it. I am one of those people glued to the screens when the biannnual fashion weeks are on, watching for what’s next on my list to make! So when I came across Trend Patterns at […]

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Mini project 5: Cactus pin cushions – DIY tutorial

I am ridiculously un-greenfingered. I manage to kill off all my houseplants with alarming regularity and even killed off my tiny succulents which aren’t supposed to need much looking after! So I’m going faux green instead. Fake plants all the way! And I’m starting with some felt cactus pin cushions! (I used the pots from […]

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Sewing for Spring – trends and ideas

<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/18407761/?claim=tyww7hf9n67″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> No new make to share today, I’m afraid – I’m off skiing (falling over) for the week! But in preparation for the coming spring / summer, I’ve made a list of trends, ideas and clothes to inspire my new makes for when I’m back! 1. Embroidery is going to […]

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