A Marigold and Bettine mashup AKA The Martine…

Do you make gifts for your friends and family? I always try to make both my sisters something for their birthdays which means in August and September, I’m always doing some selfless sewing! (Or is it still selfish sewing because it saves me having to buy them other things? Now that’s a puzzler!) For my […]

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A ruched sleeve Sahara shirtdress hack

I made the Ralph Pink Sahara shirtdress a few weeks ago as one of my entries to the Indie Pattern Month competition on The Monthly Stitch in July.  I loved the dress but actually found it a bit impractical when wearing it. Every time I raised by arms the sleeves got pulled up and tugged […]

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Replicating the Runway S/S 17

I know not all of us who sew are necessarily into “fashion” as such. I think sewing can be great for self expression and all that and more importantly about making clothes that fit well! And that’s definitely a good thing.  Buuuuuut I am someone who still loves flipping through fashion magazines and watching the […]

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A back wrap Orla hack 

Two Orlas within a week of each other? I’m definitely a bit obsessed with them.  The free Orla dress from French Navy is just such a sweet and simple basic pattern that it’s easy to think of lots of things to do with it. There something about this shape and style of dress that makes […]

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DIY Pink pleated midi skirt

I didn’t actually mean to make this skirt. Which is a bit weird but is sometimes what happens during the creative process! I’d initially planned to use this pink polyester crepe fabric for a hack of my much beloved Sabrina dress from By Hand London but after much flapping about, I knew it just wasn’t […]

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The Lena playsuit hack

It’s September! How did every do with their August sewing plans? I managed most of the my list bar one of the Simplicity dresses I wanted to make (but it’s OK because they extended the deadline for it)! Look out for the rest of those projects to be blogged on here soon! But first… Remember this dress? […]

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A vintage polka dot dress!

So I keep looking a new indie sewing patterns to buy and one that I like a lot is the Sew Over It vintage shirt dress and Alder dress from Grainline Studios. Oh the number of times I’ve put those in my online shopping basket! And then I remember I already have one that almost the same! […]

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White shirt dress pattern hack

I love shirt dresses. I think they’re perfectly between formal and casual and very smart looking. I usually end up making quite vintage looking ones like here but I wanted to try something a bit more fitted this time.  I already had this shirt pattern from Burda which I got a while back. I’d only […]

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Fabric shopping – Walthamstow market

  Getting supplies is one of the most fun things to do when you’re a home dressmaker. Wandering through fabric store and haberdasheries, diving into rolls of gorgeous materials and piles of zips… So much fun! It’s also important not to go too crazy to start off with. My mountain of unused materials will attest to […]

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