• Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    This week I'm sharing my most recent make - a blouse with ruffles. I spotted the pattern a while ago and decided it would be a fun project. It was a great way to dip my toe in the ruffle trend whilst creating a truly wearable garment. It was also the perfect pattern for this delightful cotton lawn. As always I'll share the fitting adjustments I made and thoughts on the instructions and techniques.

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  • Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    I have been chomping at the bit to get started on my Autumn/Winter handmade wardrobe. If you saw my fabric haul vlog last week you will understand why! There are so many gorgeous, cosy fabrics on our website right now. I decided to start with a simple denim skirt and a cosy long sleeved Tshirt. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and know I will wear them all winter long.

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  • Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Ok so it isn't really summer dress sewing weather right now, but there's always room for one last hurrah. Plus I promised myself I'd make this pattern and use some of this gorgeous fabric ages ago. The two make a winning combo and will come in handy for my trip to the Canaries in October. If you won't be seeing any more sunshine this year I'll also share my fabric recommendations to create an on trend Autumn/Winter evening dress with the maxi pattern.

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  • Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    I've always loved clothes with interesting or unusual details so sewing this Vogue dress with an overlay looked right up my street. I decided to make it in this delightful French viscose. I love the royal blue and flecks of yellow not to mention the 70s vibe. The fabric also drapes beautifully, which I felt was important for this dress. I swotted up on reviews of the pattern and made a few alterations as a result. It was a fun little project so let me tell you all about it. Continue reading

  • Sewing a Dress from Scuba

    Sewing a Dress from Scuba

    Any of you who watch our vlog will know I have some serious love for this white floral scuba fabric. I sourced it way back in February and was instantly dreaming of the perfect summer dress. I had a few other projects to finish before I could get stuck in.

    Although I was dying to get started I'm glad I waited. Allowing myself time to think meant I found the perfect pattern pairing. So much so I am definitely making it again in this ponte jersey fabric we added to the website recently.

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  • Sewing a Simple T Shirt Dress

    Simple T-Shirt Dress

    If you follow our blog you will know I need more casual day dresses in my life. Whatever the weather I'm bored of trousers and am working to redress my jeans overload. It is quite a mammoth task - I don't even have a simple T shirt dress. I mean, seriously, who doesn't have one of those?! When we sourced our awesome new range of summer fabrics I knew I could make some serious strides on my mission. This geometric jersey jumped out at me. Soft and cool with a pale mint green print it was perfect for summer. Continue reading

  • Sewing a Flared Skirt for Summer

    Sewing a Flared Skirt for Summer

    As usual this flared skirt sewing project started with some serious fabric love. When we sourced our new cotton lawn range I could not wait to get them home. The designs are truly beautiful and the quality is second to none. I fell head over heels with this floral cotton lawn immediately. The digital print was bang on trend as was the grey backdrop. Continue reading

  • My Cocktail Hour Blogger Tour Dress

    My McCalls Cocktail Hour Blogger Tour Dress

    This week I'm thrilled to bring you my contribution to the McCalls Cocktail Hour blogger tour. If you haven't already heard the McCalls pattern company have selected 20 gorgeous Vogue cocktail dress patterns for the initiative (see the list at the bottom of this post). Over the next seven months a contribution from the sale of each and every one of the designated patterns will be donated to the Eve Appeal, a charity that raises funds to fight the five women's only cancers.

    To promote the initiative 26 bloggers have been selected to take part in a tour and make their favourite pattern. There is also a yummy cocktail recipe and you can share your makes and join in the fun using the hashtag #sipandsew. So grab a cuppa cocktail and have a read about my most exquisite and challenging make to date!

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  • Sewing a Vintage Pencil Skirt & a 90s Cami Top

    Pencil Skirt Cami Top

    I recently shared my #makenine list over on the vlog featuring this vintage pencil skirt pattern and cami top pattern. I had some John Kaldor Ohio stretch cotton fabric in my stash perfect for the skirt and decided to make the cami top in our Mystique satin backed crepe. Worn together they make the perfect outfit for summer evenings out.

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  • Sewing a 90s Cami Top

    Sewing a Cami Top

    It's time for the next Sew Essential vlog instalment and I thought it would be nice to share a video of me sewing one of my recent makes and one of my #makenine - a lovely simple 90s Simplicty 1366 cami top.

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