True Bias Ogden Cami and how to do a dart free FBA

Hello! Those of you that followed my Me Made May updates can’t have failed to notice that throughout the month I wore a few different versions of the Ogden Cami by True Bias patterns. I have made no secret of the fact that I love this simple top and seriously, what’s not to love? I…

Simplicity 1887 or These Are Not Carrie Trousers

Hello! I’ve been thinking a bit about age appropriate clothing lately. I’m 40-years-old… is that too old for denim Cleo dunga-dresses? Are the little dresses that I wear, and think I look cute in, actually making people think ‘she’s mutton dressed as lamb’? These are thoughts that frequently enter my brain until I swat them…

Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

Hello again! As I mentioned in my last post, I have a few makes that I completed in May that I want to share with you. Starting with this… my version of the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress. I have had this pattern for a while but it has been one of those that…

Me Made May Round Up: Part 3

Hello! Today is May 31st and the final day of Me Made May 2017. This has been my first proper attempt at Me Made May (in previous years I have made an effort to wear more me made garments but never documented it, never pledged and only lasted a couple of weeks!) and I have…

Me Made May Round Up: Part 2

Hello!  Can you believe we are now two thirds of the way through Me Made May?! Hope it is going well if you are participating.  I’ve been wearing hand made every day  – with varying success – and posting my outfits over on Instagram Here is my round up of  days 11-20. Day 11 and…

Me Made May Round Up: Part 1

Hello! Are you taking part in Me Made May this year? How’s it going?  We are a good couple of weeks into Me Made May now and I have been posting daily photos of my outfits over on Instagram. I’m enjoying it. Getting a bit freaked out by all these selfies that I am taking…

Finding the time to sew

I occasionally get asked how I find the time to sew and if I am on my sewing machine every single day. Well, no, I don’t sew every day. But I sew most days and always have at least two projects that I am working on at any given time.   But I also have…

Rusholme Skirt #2

Remember when I made this skirt from Wendy Wards book, ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”? At the time I said that it would not be long before I made a second one. Well that time is now. Here’s my second version of the Rusholme Skirt. As I said in my original post, I am…

Sewaholic Patterns Pendrell Blouse

For someone who spends part of their day teaching about fashion, I am really not very fashionable. I don’t own any designer clothes and have very little interest in labels. My students would say this is because I am old (they are kind like that) but it really has always been the case. As soon…

The Seamstress Tag

Have you seen the thing that is doing the rounds on Instagram at the moment, where you have to write 20 things about yourself and tag others to do the same? I love reading these and finding out funny random facts about people – especially fellow sewists. I’m not taking part in it myself because…

Me Made May

So Me Made May 2017 is coming up and this year I have decided that I am definitely taking part. I’m sure you know already, but if not, Me Made May is an annual sewing challenge run by Zoe. Throughout the month of May, you are encouraged to make a personal sewing pledge to get more…

By Hand London Kim Dress V2

I love this dress. I love this dress so much. In case it still isn’t clear… this dress, me, we have a love affair going on. So this is the Kim dress, a pattern that I have owned pretty much since it was released a few years ago. I must have liked it at the…