Tag Archives: modern patterns

Not my circus, not my monkeys*

A month or so after deciding to return to this blog and attempt to document my sewing once more I got carpal tunnel syndrome. Massive bummer, as it meant I had to stop working, using a computer, basically stop using my hands for a while. The timing was wonderfully ironic, but the pain was super […]

Predictable me

Me Made May may not be over yet, but I’ve already learnt a lot about how I currently dress for my lifestyle. I will go into more detail about this in my much anticipated MMM finale post, but for now, lets rest assured that I am aware that most of my wearable handstitched garments come […]

Moss Making

  The Moss miniskirt pattern from Grainline initially didn’t appeal to me. I was in a knee-length pencil skirt mode. For working in an office, I prefer my hemlines to stay a bit longer. However now I work from home, and spend a couple of days a week in an upholstery workshop getting dusty, the […]

Archer number four

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, […]

Catching Up: Grainline Studio Edition

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 […]

A Tale of Two Jackets

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 […]

The Ubiquitous Victoria Blazer

So it turns out that By Hand London make an excellent sewing pattern. I was always interested in their Elisalex dress (such a nice bodice) and particularly the Charlotte pencil skirt, but never dipped my toes into their pool. I’m a big fan of sewing jackets, so was very pleased when I saw Victoria, but hesitated […]

Turtles for a Tortoise

Up until recently, there was a tortoise in my life. A lovely, grumpy, ageing tortoise called Oswald. She had belonged to my nana, and been passed down through the family and ultimately ended up with me. She had been a constant all my life, and was one of my favourite childhood pets. She broke gender […]

Salme Pussy Bow dress

Pussy Bow dress by Salme Patterns. For quite a while now I’ve been interested in Salme Patterns, but never followed through and bought one. The elasticated waists always put me off. I’m not very good at sewing with stretchy fabric, let alone applying elastic. After winning this fabric on eBay (vintage viscose) I wanted something […]

Stashbusting with Grainline

It’s been a while since I last posted. Life and all its mates have been muscling in on my time, so all I currently have is work, various and far-reaching obligations and sleep. I have been able to make a few things, but not all are finished yet. These tops are from weeks ago and […]

Gruesome Twosome

For the life of me I could not get a half decent picture of either garment shown here. They are both terribly un-photogenic. I did the best I could, believe me.  Whilst I spend a lot of time dreaming about 60s pencil dresses and quirky blouses, I am most satisfied sewing garments I wear a […]

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 […]

Adquisiciones recientes

Lots of new stuff for me… Some of it bought myself, and some of it Christmas presents. I have been very lucky gift-wise. First, the vintage patterns: McCall’s 4868, from 1942. I do realise that I’ve just finished a coat, but living in London, if there’s one thing that you can never have too many […]

The Red Shorts

When I titled this post ‘The Red Shorts, all I could think of was Kate Bush. That’s not to say that these shorts are affiliated with Kate Bush, sadly. I’ll start by saying I’m not a shorts wearer. I’ve only owned a pair of sweatshirt-style shorts for running in, bar childhood hand-me-downs. I’ve wanted a […]

Tiny Tank two

This is my second official version of Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank (again, minus the tiny pocket). Originally, I had begun making one in a navy mystery fabric in my stash, which was abandoned due to the fabric being quite unsuitable. I only realised after completing most of it. Using up stash fabric is a nice feeling, but I […]