Aaaaand Stretch! – The Freya dress

If you haven’t heard by now, the new Tilly and the Buttons book Stretch came out last week! This new book is all about sewing knits and is especially good for beginners or people who’ve just been too scared to try them in the past. It includes 6 patterns for some great basics that would […]

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The Colette Zinnia skirt

Another month, another Minerva Crafts make! This time I’m bringing you the Colette Zinnia skirt whipped up in a gorgeous orangey-brown viscose. Apparently when I planned my recent Minerva Crafts blogger makes I thought it was summer already… The Zinnia skirt pattern was one I actually picked up at a pattern swap last year! How amazing […]

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Monthly Round Up #1

Today I’m changing things up a little with a short update on what’s been going on at a Self Assembly Required HQ! In the news… I’ve uploaded my first vlog! Check it out on YouTube here. It’s just a short intro video (and I don’t think it’s very good 😂!). I wanted to get something […]

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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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The Helsinki blouse from Orageuse

I’m really on a French pattern company run at the moment! DP studio, I AM Patterns and now Orageuse! My post today is on their Helsinki blouse. This is a new-to-me company and I loved their designs and styling. Everything they make just looks so elegant! So of course I was eager to try them […]

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The Nina Lee Piccadilly PJs

I always like to make a new set of pyjamas at this time of year – having new PJs in time for Chinese New Year is just one tradition I can’t seem to shake! So when Nina sent out a new pyjama pattern to test in the weeks leading up to the lunar new year, […]

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Cats galore on a new Rowan bodysuit!

I made my first Megan Nielsen Rowan bodysuit just a few weeks ago and I loved the simplicity and the fit of it so much that I just couldn’t help making myself another! This time I opted to do a small hack to turn it into a scoop neck at the front. Altering a neckline […]

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2018 is a year for new things!

I’ve been feeling in a bit of a creative rut lately. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sewing and doing all the pattern testing and reviews I’ve been doing but I feel like I need to change it up! It’s times like this that I miss my pottery class that I took last year. […]

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The Simplicity 8454 blouse AKA more ruffle-y goodness!

Today I’m bringing you my favourite Minerva Crafts make to date – and the most ruffle-y blouse I’ve ever made, which is saying something because I’ve made some properly frilly things in the past. The pattern I chose for this make was the Simplicity 8454 blouse. It’s one of Simplicity’s newest patterns releases. I’ve seen […]

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