A work appropriate top!

Sorry for the short hiatus folks! Turns out wifi in Cuba is not the easiest thing to come by so I wasn’t able to update as planned but hey, I should be coming back to you all refreshed and full of energy!   Since I’ve got a little bit of catching up to do, today’s […]

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Winter Coat plans!

Every year I plan to make a coat and I usually put it off and off until it’s summer again and by then I don’t want to be sewing winter wear! I’ve managed to make one so far (see it here) but that does unfortunately mean that I’ve still got piles of unmade coat patterns […]

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Last of my summer sewing – McCalls 7543

I’m only still sewing summer clothes because I’ve got a holiday coming up! The weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse here so this is definitely not a weather appropriate make! The McCall’s 7543 is an off shoulder tunic or dress. It’s probably quite old trend wise but I really like this style […]

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It’s time for a giveaway!

It’s my birthday on Saturday and to honour that I’ve got a little giveaway for you lovely folks – it’s a copy of Girl With A Sewing Machine by Jenniffer Taylor! This might be especially suited for any of you who are attending The new Great British Sewing Bee Live show from the 21st-24th (it […]

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The Refashioners 2017 – Suits You!

I was really chuffed when Portia Lawrie from the Makery blog asked me to be in the blogger line up for this years Refashioners series. I had avidly followed last years #jeanius themed blog tour and community challenge on Instagram and loved how creative and innovative everyone was! That being said, when I learned what […]

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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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My Top 5: Sewing tools

Today I’m bringing you the next of my Top 5 lists – sewing tools!   This was inspired by the Essentials post from Rachel of House of Pinheiro‘s #sewphotohop challenge on Instagram. I love a good gadget and I tend to buy a lot of sewing related paraphernalia that I often don’t end up using! […]

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My take on the Reeta dress from Named Clothing

Another month gone and I’ve got another Minerva Crafts make to share with you! The Reeta dress from Named Clothing has been a clear favourite amongst sewists – I’ve been seeing them everywhere! And why not? It’s a gorgeous midi length dress with a bit of a retro vibe going on, perfect for this summer! […]

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It’s all about the sleeve – a Linden sweater hack

Sleeves are just getting bigger and bigger at the moment – both in trend and size! Ruffles, bell sleeves, pleats, gathers, anything to embellish a sleeves is all the rage right now.  I do love a good sleeve! (Anything to cover up the ol’ bingo wings works for me! 😂). With the #sleevefest competition going […]

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The Simplicity X Madalynne 8229 bra

Bra making is not something I do very often. In fact I haven’t done any  since I did a lingerie making course at Morley College 5 years ago!  I was never that enamoured with the results of my work – they fitted OK but they never gave me the lift I wanted from my bras – […]

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