Learning freehand machine embroidery with The Makery

I’ve always been interested in machine embroidery ever since I went with my mum to a class in Malaysia to learn embroidery for a kebaya (that’s a traditional style shirt for ladies worn with a sarong). Of course using those skills over here is being a bit trickier since a) I don’t have a treadle…

Tilly and the Buttons – Orla and Bettine

I have a bunch of patterns that I got whilst working at Tilly and the Buttons and I’ve only now gotten round to making some of them! If you’re new to the indie sewing pattern world, Tilly makes patterns which are striking in design with straight talking instructions. They are very much intended for beginner…

Shoe pattern cutting

After the one day course I took at I Can Make Shoes, I felt inspired and full of confidence about making my own shoes at home. Cat and I bought all the glues, leather and shoe lasts in order to set up shop at home only to find that the lasts we had were way…

A wrap jumpsuit

(This is a very delayed post of a jumpsuit/ romper/ whatever-you-want-to-call-it I made last summer! I kept postponing it as I meant to take some better photos of it but in the end I’ve just used some pics from the wedding I wore it to!) After all of that faffing about with my grey jersey maxi…

Dressmaking Inspiration

So, I’ve been a bit too busy to do any actual sewing so far this year. But since we’re only one week in to 2016 I don’t feel too bad yet! What I do have time for though is to look for new ideas and designs to inspire my new creations – which may or…

Emily’s Little World: New Year, New Start…

I started writing this blog a couple of years ago with no real aims or intentions. I felt it was a nice way to journal what was happening in my life, mark dates and events, holidays and the like. Then it progressed into covering more of my sewing, especially as my skills improved and there…