Sewing

Ministry of Craft: Develop Your Sewing Skills Course (Weeks 3 & 4)

Week 3 This week we started our pinny using some of the techniques we've learnt over the last two weeks, and learning some more. As everywhere seems to be having a remnant sale at present I headed over to plush addict and picked up some end of the bolt plain purple and some mustard cotton… Continue reading Ministry of Craft: Develop Your Sewing Skills Course (Weeks 3 & 4)

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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

Sewing

Ministry of Craft: Develop Your Sewing Skills Course (Weeks 1 & 2)

For the last two Wednesdays I’ve been attending the Ministry of Craft’s Develop Your Sewing Skills course. I umm-ed and ahh-ed about booking it as we have had so much to buy for the imminent arrival in the meantime but I am so glad I did, and let’s be honest when am I going to… Continue reading Ministry of Craft: Develop Your Sewing Skills Course (Weeks 1 & 2)

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

Other stuff

Decoupage Jewellery Making with the Ministry of Craft

Last weekend I made my way into town for a decoupage jewellery making class with the Ministry of Craft. This is the first course of theirs that I have taken, I have been aware of them for a while and finding myself at a loose end this weekend as Timbo was away with work, I… Continue reading Decoupage Jewellery Making with the Ministry of Craft

Books

Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

While I was off on my camping adventures I finally got to have a good read of a book I’d had my eye on for a while an which was gifted to me by a friend as a thanks for embellishing a hen’s dress for her final night of freedom. Fifty dresses that Changed the… Continue reading Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

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

Evening Dress, Sewing

Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress So Far

I thought I'd give a little update on my Sewing for Vegas Sew Retro bombshell dress and my experience of using Craftsy for the first time. I signed up for this course with a little trepidation, boning? yikes! But you never get anywhere unless you push yourself do you? And in some respects I have all… Continue reading Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress So Far

Books

Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book

Let’s not sugar coat it; Fabrics for Fashion: The Swatch Book is expensive with the RRP £60. I got it for around about £37 and even then I could only afford it due to the stroke of good luck I’ve had recently. It is however, for someone like me who doesn’t yet know her batiste… Continue reading Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book