A DIY round raffia box bag

These round straw/raffia box bags have been floating around since last summer and are still going strong! I was never that bothered about getting one but I was finally swayed by Instagram that it would be a great idea! (Thanks Zeena for the inspo! By the way, if you don’t follow her already on Instagram you […]

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More Ginger jeans!

I’ve gone into jeans making mode here at Self Assembly Required HQ. I made my first pair of Closet Case Ginger jeans about a year or so ago and I loved them. They weren’t perfect but I was happy with them and they fit much better than any RTW ones I’d had before. I planned […]

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The Stella joggers

Considering how much I love this pattern, I’m surprised I haven’t blogged about it! The Stella joggers (+ hoodie) pattern is from the latest Tilly and the Buttons Stretch book. It’s the ultimate loungewear set of slim fit jogging bottoms and a classic hooded sweatshirt. I made my original Stella joggers last year (I was […]

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I got a Cricut!

That’s pronounced “cricket” by the way. (I know, I know. All I want to do when I see that word is say “cry-cut”… 🤣). I’d been thinking for a while over whether I should purchase a cutting machine. That’s been some serious pondering over the past 6 months in fact! I spent hours researching what […]

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The Grainline Studio Archer shirt

My latest Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make is the Archer shirt from Grainline Studio. I love Grainline’s aesthetic – modern classics for everyday casualwear. I’m sure most people have at least one Grainline patterns in their stash! I’ve made a couple of things from them before – the Linden sweatshirt and the Driftless cardigan – […]

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Channeling the 80s – the Marion jacket

I’m a big fan of trying out new indie pattern companies. I always think they bring a exciting point of view to the home sewing world. Whether that’s from a design aspect or construction, there’s always something new! I found Scottish brand Pipe Dream Patterns on Instagram (of course!) and I fell for their 80s […]

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Monthly Roundup #3

April has come and gone so here’s another monthly round up! In the news… – April has been wedding month for me and I’m not even getting married! I totalled it up at 7 outfits that I made for events throughout the month – all for a variety of different people and events. It’s really […]

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Sustainable sewing and Me Made May

I’m sure a lot of you have been hearing all about sustainable sewing at the moment. I know I have! It’s always a vibrant topic during a Fashion Revolution week (which was last week) and has also been the foundation of a new sewing challenge and a podcast or two. It’s not something I often […]

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More bridesmaid attire…

It’s not for me this time though! One of my sisters was a bridesmaid at a Nigerian traditional wedding this week. Interestingly, their custom involves giving their bridesmaids the chosen fabric and the bridesmaids go away and get their dresses made in whatever style they want! I guess it’s a great way to make everyone […]

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A super glam wedding outfit!

So the friend who I made the bridesmaids jumpsuits for also held an Asian wedding reception too – a perfect excuse for me to go all out on another outfit! I was determined to make an outfit in an Indian style for this evening (though I did have a back up plan in the form […]

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