Pattern Review sewing competition

I’ve decided to start entering a few sewing/ dressmaking competitions just to push myself to work a little quicker and to a better standard. My problem though was finding some! After much googling, I’ve decided to enter the Pattern Review Little Red Dress Contest.  It started a couple of weeks ago and ends on Tuesday…

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…

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…

A vintage style red dress

I’m so behind! This dress was made a couple of months ago and I’m only getting round to posting now! Hopefully better late than never! So I love a bit of vintage. Women always looked a bit more glamorous and put together back in the day. Definitely not a bad thing to try to replicate!…

My bright purple maxi skirt!

I’m loving long hem lines at the moment. Partly because the weather’s terrible and this way I still feel a bit summery without feeling cold, and partly so I don’t have to shave my legs… I used the first of my fabrics from Paris- a rather slinky bright purple printed fabric. The colour and weird…

Grey jersey maxi dress 

This was the first project sewn using my new sewing machines! I picked up some grey jersey fabric from Walthamstow market with the intention to create a full length backless origami pleated dress. I’m planning to wear it to a wedding later this year and thought this gave a good mix of demure for the…

Fabric shopping and vintage shopping in Paris

Whilst in Paris, I made sure to take advantage of the fact we were in one of the most stylish cities in the world and went shopping! Fabric shopping and vintage clothes shopping to be precise.  I’d done some fabric shopping here before and really enjoyed it, though I was a bit intimidated by all…

Raglan sleeve button down shirt

Is this just wishful thinking that I can do this? After the last season id watched of Project Runway US, I’d obsessed over the raglan sleeve shirt the eventual winner Sean Kelly had made in, I think, the semi-final round.  It looked like this..    I do realise I’ve neither the youth nor figure to…

My new sewing machines: Bernina 330 machine and 800DL overlocker

The second bedroom has officially become the Hobby Hub in my new place where I’ve created a space dedicated to all things crafting, sewing and DIY with plenty of room for a big cutting table, sewing table, storage, a giant blackboard wall and magnetic rabbit mood board. The only thing I lacked was an actual…

Print-tastic

So from all the fabric I bought abroad I clearly had a favourite- a purple digital print that I got in two shades, 2 yards of each from a shop in Bangkok, Thailand. It had the perfect weight for a nicely draped dress. Or in my case a couple of perfectly weighted t-shirt dresses. And…