More knitting for little people. I wanted to send some gifts to my friend’s baby boy, but this also gets me in on the sewalong of sorts that Leah from Struggle Sews a Straight Seam is hosting. My friend lives in China, and I didn’t know that she was having a baby until the last minute, so these […]

noun sewing kit = housewife At college, part of our course involves a soft furnishing module. As someone who assumed anyone could make cushions and curtains, I learnt a lot of very nifty tricks, and predominantly the right way and wrong way to do things. Now I find myself getting upset when I see poorly sewn cushions […]

Fashionably late for Archer Appreciation month, here’s me appreciating Archer. This time around, out of curiosity I re-printed the pattern to the size it should be and cut. I wanted to see how it’s meant to fit, rather than me getting lucky that my first (not to scale) printed version fit really well. It’s definitely roomier, […]

Most of my sleepwear/loungewear is pretty tatty and old and embarrassing. This Christmas I wanted to look a bit more presentable in the morning. Enter Le-Roy 3138. I’ve made pyjama bottoms before – a modern McCalls pattern – with pretty bad results. I liked the slim cut leg of these 60s pyjamas and the natty little pockets. […]

In which I tell you all about the woes of being a student, working part-time, having no money and a little bit of an addiction to buying sewing patterns. In a bid to be more sensible, I’m selling some vintage patterns on Etsy. They are all pretty varied, and the shop is pretty shoddy. See […]

Another Scout. Obviously. I made this a good couple of months ago. No pattern alterations, other than an inch in the length. Due to the nature of the fabric, it drapes pretty well, but it’s not as floaty as my silk Scout. A lot heavier. The material is a crepe-y sort. I bought it second […]

Happy 2014 everyone! In no particular order I’m going to try to post my backlog of finished projects as speedily as I can. First up, a hat. This was knitted using up the last of my Drops Big Merino yarn I bought for Chuck. This yarn is way more suited to a hat than to […]

As the year comes to a close, I realise how many projects I’ve been working through these past couple of months. Too many to document successfully. Winter light is minimal, and is not good for photographing. Particularly in my dim flat. So at some point I will get round to them, but rest assured I […]

(to the tune of Breaking The Law) Months ago, I won an Ohhh Lulu pattern giveaway, over at A Stitching Odyssey. I was over the moon as I’m a HUGE fan of Ohhh Lulu, and the thought of creating my own gorgeous underwear is a happy one. Being the procrastinator I am, and being more […]

  Note to self: don’t get too boisterous about what your sewing machine can and can’t handle.

Of late I’ve been a bit absent. I am now a student again, this time studying Upholstery. It’s wonderful, and I hope I can turn it into something worthwhile. It doesn’t mean I’ve stopped sewing though, in fact I’m doing a lot more hand-sewing than ever. I just have to reign in my dressmaking habits […]

It’s not all doom and gloom. I finished my first knitted jumper! It’s a (slightly modified) Chuck by Andi Satterlund, knitted using Drops Big Merino yarn. It’s by no means perfect. It came out a lot bigger than I anticipated, and a lot longer too. The yarn may have stretched out during blocking, but all in […]

Sewing outerwear is something I usually enjoy. I love the fabrics, easing sleeves, pressing wool, but it rarely seems to work out. These last two experiences left me in a despondent sewing slump for a couple of months. After throwing away three unfinished jackets earlier this year, I knuckled down and started making the Burda Herringbone […]

I’m still in the middle of clearing through unfinished sewing projects. Whilst it is proving hard to knuckle down and get on with this, I am gaining an enormous sense of satisfaction from it. There is just one blouse that I am going to leave, as I don’t have enough experience with expensive silk satin […]

I’ve always really liked this pattern and planned to revisit it. I love early 1960s styles with slim pencil skirts, plus this pattern has pretty awesome patch pockets. I don’t really wear my first version as it doesn’t fit all that well and it’s pretty bold. As much as I love colour, I sometimes feel […]