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A little giveaway

Hey folks. I’ve been particularly busy but I do have several new things to post about. All in good time. Meanwhile I’ve got a couple of sewing patterns and some buttons that I’d like to giveaway to you lovely sewing folk. There’s Style patterns 3952 and 3205 from the 1970s… Style 3952, from 1972, is […]

“Bitter, bitter tears”

Recently I read ‘A Perfect Fit’ by Jenna Wiseman Joselit. It’s a very interesting book, I’d recommend it if you are interested in clothing and fashion from an everyday what-people-wore perspective. It focuses on clothing and fashion between the 1890s and the 1930s, and how and why it affected people specifically in America. Rather than […]

Me-Made Mess

Participating in Me-Made-May was a really great idea in my head. I love the thought and inspiration behind Me-Made-May. I’m a huge fan of Zoe’s blog and find myself nodding along in agreement when reading her valuable posts about sustainability and about making self-aware choices in consumerist habits. I thought that for one month I could discipline myself enough […]

Me-Made-May 2013: week four/five

It’s over! Here’s how my last week went (spoiler: it’s disappointing) Friday 24th: Nothing me-made was worn to work (apart from wearable muslin Betty knickers), but I did sleep in a me-made top. It’s a jersey kimono sleeve tee from Burda. It was the first t-shirt I ever made, and the neckline is quite  rubbish. […]

Me-Made-May 2013: week three

This week was hard. It’s been dire on all fronts. A fair few repeats and realisations, and very few photos. I wear the same outfit every day, I struggle to think outside my ‘jeans and a top’ box. I’m starting to accept that I need to make a sewing wardrobe plan and stick with it. […]

On Creative Urges

So many projects, so little time. I struggle to buckle down and finish garments. On Wednesday night I managed to finish off a small knitting project and fix a skirt to wear today. Pretty productive for a school night, however I also have a jacket lining to sew and insert, a dress I started making […]

Me-Made-May 2013: week two

Wednesday 8th: Silken Scout Despite the stain, I still wear this from time to time. I’m concentrating more on what I wear and what I have made, and I think I need to lower the armholes a tiny bit on future Scouts. Thursday 9th:  Calvin Klien/Vogue blouse (unblogged) This blouse was made after this mess […]

Me-Made-May 2013: week one

As this is my first ever Me-Made-May, I thought I should make an effort document it and what I am learning about my me-mades. This first week has been okay, although it is a bit of an effort making the conscious decision to choose from a limited wardrobe selection. Honestly, I thought it would be […]

Odds and Sods

A collection of items on the agenda today, but I’m going to lump them into one post for the sake of economy. Success! I made a t-shirt Steph C’s blank canvas tee pattern got used once again. This time, with bigger side seams for a closer fit. I also scooped the neckline out a little […]

The pitfalls of sewing with vintage buttons

Do you buy new buttons, or try to use up what you already have? Many years ago, I inherited my nana’s button collection. She was an avid seamstress who made most of her children’s clothes during the 40s and 50s. She passed sewing down to my auntie who in turn stitched up some awesome 70s […]

You Can Always Depend on the Kindness of Strangers

This post is an acknowledgment of the sewing community and particularly of Mari over at Disparate Disciplines. I won a giveaway you see, and it has warmed my little heart. There’s nothing like a bit of receiving to make you feel good! Seriously though, whilst I’m a very small-time blogger with an even smaller audience […]

Following a fellow seamstress

On the subject of knickers, Mrs Depew of A Few Threads Loose is hosting a giveaway for one of her new patterns. It’s for some gorgeous french knickers that I’m crossing my fingers for. If you don’t read her blog already, you should, and if you haven’t entered the giveaway already, as much as it […]


Do you ever get around to finishing old projects that went astray? I prefer to banish them to an unused wardrobe and leave them to hang, so the shame doesn’t haunt me. Dramatic, huh? If I keep seeing it, I keep feeling bad. This way, I can leave it in relatively okay condition waiting for […]

Keeping up with the Joneses

Whilst I read a lot of sewing blogs and feel inspired by what everyone is making, it is rare that I seem to make the same thing within the same time period. Having seen lots and lots of Thurlow trousers I finally decided to give them a try. I’m not a previous fan of Sewaholic […]

Polka pjs

These little guys were made pre-overlocker, but I just haven’t had a chance up until now to photograph them. Not that there’s much to see here. I used Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank and Burda’s Jane pyjama set for the shorts. They are both patterns for woven fabrics, but I wanted to use up the remainder […]