Category Archives: sewing

A Study In Scarlet

A swatch has been knitted to test tension and colour matching… Careful body measurements taken… And the client has reached a fever pitch of excitement. Can you guess what plans are afoot? Will this link help? Any tips? I’m drawing … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

How Far Do You Take Pre-Washing?

Pre-washing fabric allows for shrinkage before you slave over a hand stitched outfit. The best lessons are learnt the hard way and after some ruined makes, I’ve trained myself to pre-wash fabric the moment it enters the house. I try … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | 55 Comments

Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

The Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress was nearly my New Year’s Eve dress. Then I recognised the ridiculousness of a self-set deadline and put this to one side. Didn’t I already have a wardrobe full of dresses waiting to be worn? … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 45 Comments

The Best Dressmaking Scissors?

Have you heard of Ernest Wright and Son? They’re a Sheffield scissor factory where craftsmen produce handmade steel scissors. But Ernest Wright is no Victorian set up. They are canny enough to have their own Instagram account and you really must watch … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

Christmas Day Skirt

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?
 They always drop their needles! This is my festive skirt, and that was a cracker joke. The last stitch of my Simplicity 2451 was sewn on Christmas Day morning. I’ve made this three times … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 18 Comments

Festive Message With Talking Bits And Everything!

How could this ever not be? The annual festive message is up on Youtube, with lots of sincere love sent to you all. Are you ready for Christmas yet? I’m not!

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | 22 Comments

A Pulled Thread Unravels

This dress arrived with a large side dish of failure. The fabric is a lightweight wool crepe (I’m guessing) bought from a House Of Hackney sample sale. Even in the sale, the fabric wasn’t cheap but I couldn’t resist that random splatter … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 42 Comments

The Sewing Spider

How long does it take a spider to become really good at webs? I was chatting with a friend at the weekend. She’s probably a couple of years into her sewing career and we discussed some of the challenges. ‘Part … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | 68 Comments

The Drapey Knit Dress Roars

This is the Drapey Knit Dress that really doesn’t deserve to exist. Or I don’t deserve to have sewn it. First, I cut out a piece back to front. Then I burnt a hole with my iron. Twice, I had … Continue reading

Posted in sewing, sewing and knitting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

Is Doing Better Than Done?

I received some sympathetic comments on Instagram this week when I shared evidence of a sock being unravelled. But, honestly, I didn’t mind so much. The stitches were soon back on my needle and a heel flap magically emerging as … Continue reading

Posted in knitting, sewing, sewing and knitting | 29 Comments