Despite being at the tail end of a four day migraine I managed to drag myself to the Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse, although not without mishap! Feeling smug that I'd actually got myself out of the house on time, I did think it mighty unprofessional that exhibitors were still setting up when I arrived.… Continue reading Headaches and Hiccups
Follow my blog with Bloglovin I've never been that comfortable wearing fitted dresses but the New Look 6000 offered a fantastic belly disguising ruched detail which I really like the look of. Before buying the pattern I googled what other sewists have come up with to get a more realistic look at what could be… Continue reading FBA – No Way!
Last minute (as usual) I decided that I had to have something crafty to take with me on the 'dogs holiday'. After listening to a 'While She Naps' podcast with Mr X-Stitch I decided cross stitch would be the perfect simple and relaxing accompaniment to our Camper van trip to Dorset. As I didn't have time… Continue reading X Marks the Spot
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… Continue reading Busy Sewing Bee
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… Continue reading Sparkle and Slouch
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… Continue reading Creative Blip
"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… Continue reading Copy One