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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The Freedom jumper!

Guys! I finished a knitting project in just a couple of weeks!! Yeah, I’m just as gobsmacked as you are right now… 🤣 Knitting has never really been my forte. It always seems to take forever for me to complete anything – check out the cardigan I made last year which took 8 months! It […]

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Autumn / Winter ‘18 Sewing Inspiration

The weather’s really started to turn here in London. It’s getting chillier and Collier every day! (I’ve even had to start turning the heating on and the electric blanket has even made an appearance!). Though I have to say, after the hottest summer I can remember (and hottest holiday too), I’m all for a little […]

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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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Monthly roundup #7

I might be on holiday right now but I thought I’d get my monthly roundup post up! August was yet another busy month full of crafty related activities! In the news… I’ve posted two new YouTube videos! One covers my makes from August and a second one which goes through my holiday wardrobe for my […]

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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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An Adrift midi dress hack

I made my first Papercut Adrift dress just a few weeks ago (check it out here!) and immediately decided it’s the perfect summer holiday dress – it’s light and airy and relatively modest for those visits to religious sites etc. And with my upcoming holiday to Egypt and Jordan at the end of the month, […]

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A Reeta playsuit hack

On a recent lookout for new patterns, I found one I really liked from République du Chiffon – the Yvonne playsuit. Which was unfortunately out of stock (and also not in English). I’m a rather impatient person so instead of waiting for it to be translated and/or come back into stock, I decided to take […]

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A hacked McCalls 7543 dress

Today I’m bringing you my latest Minerva Crafts project! This make is ALL about the fabric. I picked out the gorgeous Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage print in the cotton lawn (it also comes in a jersey crepe). I love the print on this fabric – that juxtaposition of those beautiful flowers intertwined with beetles and […]

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