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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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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The Kew dress by Nina Lee

The Kew dress is the latest release from London based indie pattern designer Nina Lee. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the pattern testers for this dress! The button fronted dress comes with 2 versions – a 1940s style sleeved version or one with little straps and a cold shoulder sleeve. […]

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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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My Top 5: Fabric shops

The next subject of my Top 5 lists is fabric shopping! Which, let’s face it, is one of the best bits about making your own clothes.  I’ve made a list of my go-to shops, be that online or physical stores, in case anyone has ever wondered where I get most of my fabric and haberdashery […]

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I made THAT Gertie dress…

If there was an IT pattern of the summer, it would probably be the Butterick 6453 Patterns by Gertie dress. It feels like pretty much everyone has made it (or at least bought it)! I made one for the Handmade Dress Swap a couple of months back but I wanted to make for myself! The […]

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