Evening Dress, Uncategorized

McCalls 6569: Anniversary Evening Dress (The Finished Dress)

If you've read my previous blog you'll see how my muslin turned out. With just a week to go I set out to sew up my dress in the lovely gold satin I'd brought back from Vegas a couple of years ago. I read prior to this that you should try and store your satin… Continue reading McCalls 6569: Anniversary Evening Dress (The Finished Dress)

Evening Dress, Sewing, Uncategorized

McCalls 6569: Anniversary Evening Dress (The Muslin)

This year I made a decision, a decision not be to scared by fabric. For a couple of years now I’ve had some gold satin I brought back from Vegas in my stash and I’ve been so scared to use it having never worked with anything like that. This year it’s my tenth (?!) wedding… Continue reading McCalls 6569: Anniversary Evening Dress (The Muslin)

Sewing

Ministry of Craft: Overlocking for Beginners Course

First off Happy New Year! It’s been an eventful 2016 and the reason I haven’t been able to update my blog much in the last six months is currently snoozing in his cot upstairs. Our lovely little boy has been keeping me very busy since his arrival in June and as much as I thought… Continue reading Ministry of Craft: Overlocking for Beginners Course

Uncategorized

All Sewn Up: Butterick B6031 – Patterns By Gertie: The Pants

You might remember that nearly two years (how?!) after I'd sewn the slip ago I said next up would be the pants, then I promptly got distracted and never got around to finishing them. In fact, I pretty much forgot about them until I recently had a bit of a clear out and found them… Continue reading All Sewn Up: Butterick B6031 – Patterns By Gertie: The Pants

Children's, Sewing

Children’s Raincoat: Robert Kauffman Ann Kelle Chicken Print

And now for something completely different…. A few weeks ago I went off to Birmingham to a sewing show with my Step-Mum. We spent the day mooching about a huge space looking at lots of pretty fabrics and patterns, when this gorgeous laminated cotton caught my eye. That would be perfect for a kid’s raincoat,… Continue reading Children’s Raincoat: Robert Kauffman Ann Kelle Chicken Print

Sewing, Skirts

Simplicity 4579: All Sewn Up – 50s Fringed Skirt

My Step Mum found this pattern for me and I instantly fell in love with it especially the fringe trimmed version of the skirt, who doesn’t like a bit of fringing after all? So when the fine folks at Zazzle.co.uk got in touch with me so see if I would collaborate on a couple of… Continue reading Simplicity 4579: All Sewn Up – 50s Fringed Skirt

Lingerie, Sewing

All Sewn Up: Butterick B6031 Patterns By Gertie: The Slip

I thought it was time I pushed myself away from the cotton and towards something a little slinkier, so when I saw Gertie was starting a slip sew along back in February I thought I’d give it a go. The massively underestimated my time so I only got around to it this week. I opted… Continue reading All Sewn Up: Butterick B6031 Patterns By Gertie: The Slip

Evening Dress, Sewing

Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress Complete

Three days before I got Vegas, finally finished my dress this afternoon. Yikes! Sometimes I think I am either incredibly lucky when I get things done so quickly, or incredibly silly for procrastinating in the first place! Last week a gave an update of how this dress was going, which I'd started after signing up… Continue reading Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress Complete

Books

Book Review: Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing

I’ve had a few emails from readers and queries from friends about a good reference book to start with when they’re sewing, so let me introduce you to the bible: The Reader’s Digest Complete book of sewing. When I first began my adventures I spent a lot of time on the net searching various forums,… Continue reading Book Review: Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing