Busy Sewing Bee

Had a fantastic time at the first Great British Sewing Bee Live event in London, despite the 5.30 am start! My first stop was an exhibition of Liberty fabric dresses from the Fashion and Textile Museum archives. These vintage pieces were stunning and in such perfect condition despite their age. I was really attracted to … More Busy Sewing Bee

Sparkle and Slouch

How many sequins does it take to fill a house? Loving this new super-fast (and that’s saying something for me) make – a slouchy shrug type cardigan, not sure if there’s an official name for them! It’s another Japenese pattern, from Michiyo Ito’s book ‘Simply Sewn: Clothes for Every Season‘. She calls it a ‘Bolero … More Sparkle and Slouch

Creative Blip

I’m not a born creative – but occasionally I display a glimmer of potential… Back in 2015, when trespassing wandering around a local quarry I happened upon a burnt out mattress. I really liked the shape of the springs so I untangled a few and off home I went. I knew pretty much straight away … More Creative Blip

Copy One

“I will master something, then the creativity will come” A fitting Japanese proverb, for a Japanese make, on my first ever blog post! The ‘tunic with neck ruffle’ from Yoshiko Tsukiori’s ‘Sweet Dress Book’. I love loose fitting clothes so Japanese dressmaking pattern styles really appeal. When I first started dressmaking a year ago I made a dress by … More Copy One