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 →

The Rome collection

Last weekend, I attended the first virtual, online Sewing Weekender. If you didn't come across this in advance, I highly recommend following Charlotte and The Fold Line in case they decide to this again. I decided to be selfish for once and happily spent much of my weekend holed up in my sewing room, with... Continue Reading →

Joining the pyjama party a little late

One of the changes the lockdown appears to have brought to our lives is a sudden plethora of online, live broadcast quizes. As someone who struggles to get a babysitter EVER, this has actually been a plus point. There have to be some, right? On Saturday night, the lovely Amy and Marie hosted an online... Continue Reading →

Rainbow imperfection

I don't know about you, but I started lockdown with big dreams of finishing a "big" project which would make me feel in some way worthy and would help manage my mental health. I cut out (at last!) a coat, thinking that I would pick at that on a daily basis and be able to... Continue Reading →

Make Nine 2019 catch up

A few days ago, posts started appearing on my Instagram feed showing people catching up on their #makenine2019 progress. Oh yes, I thought, I signed up for that, didn't I? Oh well, bet I haven't done most things. So I started looking back through my finished makes and realised, somewhat to my surprise, that I... Continue Reading →

Hacking Kalle

As usual, it seems I've had a lot more time for sewing than I have for blogging. Such is life, especially with Sew Up North bubbling away behind the scenes. But I have been trying to follow along with Sewisfaction’s #seweverydayseptember prompts where I can, and the encouragement to take time to sew, even if... Continue Reading →

Ashton August!

I don't know about you, but I have been hunting for the "perfect" sleeveless top pattern for quite some time. "Perfect" is quite a tricky thing to define, but for me, there are a few boxes to be ticked: It should fit nicely around the neck and shoulders, without the requirement for a strapless bra... Continue Reading →

Less than basic basics

Have you ever taken a really basic, staple wardrobe item and decided to jazz it up a little? As you may be aware, I have accumulated a rather large collection of me made sweatshirts. I make no apologies for this; I enjoy the quick, satisfying nature of making them and, since I work from home... Continue Reading →

A little palate cleanser

For some unknown reason, I'm writing this blog at some ungodly hour on a school night. Well, a work night, anyway, no school this week! But the urge to blog has not been strong of late so I'm going with it! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have gathered that we have been... Continue Reading →

#GBSBSewalong sustainability

If you'd asked me which of the weekly sewalongs Sewisfaction are running to coincide with the Great British Sewing Bee season 5, I'd have said that sustainability week held the least appeal for me. I see the value in reusing textiles wherever possible, but a combination of not really wanting to wear patchwork clothing and... Continue Reading →

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