March madness

So it seems that, yet again,I am starting a blog post by commenting on how long it is since I last blogged. Yep, it has been some time. I've been struggling to cope with homeschooling, working from home, elderly parents with deteriorating health... The list goes on, but I'm hardly the only one, so let's... Continue Reading →

Snuggly sweatshirts

I've started making myself go for a run every day. It's part of the RoderRoadRunners challenge, which means there's a WhatsApp group on my phone with hundreds of messages every day from all the other nutters who are forcing themselves out every day, regardless of weather. The motivation is great and it's definitely helping me... Continue Reading →

Active wear: made it

I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own active wear for some time now. I made a few swimming successful attempts, had a couple of disasters and quietly shelved the idea at the back of last year. I think the thing I find hardest is getting hold of the kind of fabrics I... Continue Reading →

A dress Named Reeta

This is one of those projects which had been in the pipeline for quite some time. I purchased the fabric last year (I think!) from Fabric Godmother and it has been sitting in the utility room on the unironed fabric pile of doom since then. I bought the pattern in a sale forever ago. I... Continue Reading →

Alexa, make a jumpsuit

OK, it's a dodgy title: apologies! I couldn't resist though! Clearly, the make I want to share with you today is the Alexa jumpsuit by Tilly and the Buttons. I've had the pattern and fabric for this jumpsuit for quite some time (i.e. since it was released in May) but it didn't get to the... Continue Reading →

Holiday pants

I don’t quite know what’s come over me recently. I’ve been sewing lots, but using almost exclusively plain fabrics. Patsy made an Instagram post on the same subject recently, which was the point at which I realised this strange shift away from patterns and prints. Part of the reason has been my adding more trousers... Continue Reading →

Lovely Lola

This top was the top which made summer go away! I made it at the end of the wonderful, long, continuous streak of summery weather, and just about as I finished it, the sun went away. Today is the first time since it’s been nice enough to wear it. The good news is I love... Continue Reading →

Happy Heydays

I don’t know about you, but I am heartily sick of wearing jeans. I have a wardrobe full of interesting clothes, but somehow the constant juggle of wfh and childcare leaves me unable to think of what to wear and so I’ve been reaching for jeans more than I should. In response to this, I’ve... Continue Reading →

The lockdown coat

Like a lot of parents, I kind of got a few days warning that lockdown was coming. My employer had told staff to work from home wherever possible a week before the schools closed, so we knew it was coming. And, like a lot of people, I had a strong feeling of panic, combined with... Continue Reading →

A dressmaker’s first quilt

I don't know about you, but I've never really fancied quilting. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I've actively shied away from it in the past. Too cutesy, too expensive, too time consuming... for lots of reasons, it hasn't appealed. But clearly lockdown is doing strange things to me, because I've gone... Continue Reading →

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