Stepping outside my comfort zone

There are lots of different ways to step outside your comfort zone when sewing. You could make a new type of garment: select a style you've never been confident in: even try a totally new fabric type. For me, I recently combined sewing something that I don't feel that confident in with a new(ish) fabric... Continue Reading →

Flying high

Sometimes I buy patterns and they get made up instantly. Other times, there's a delay. This is one of the latter. I bought the Blanca Flight Suit pattern last year. It appealed to me instantly on release, but I wasn't too sure when I'd wear it or what fabric to make it in. Then, gradually,... Continue Reading →

The 90’s called…

I wrote this blog a month ago. In typical British style, May was a write off, weather wise, so I only got photos today. But life has continued in much the same vein! This week has been the latest in a string of tough weeks. We have all sorts of family stuff going on and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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