how to sew a dress

Well, I’m stumped, I don’t mind admitting. I was all set to share a new make with you today. It was a third version of the Myosotis dress, having made two stupendously successful versions – here and here – that get worn week in, week out.

Myosotis Collage

Then, I tried on my WIP as it neared completion and realised it looked … awful. It was some sort of cross between maternity wear, hospital gown and Handmaid’s Tale. Suffice to say, momma didn’t take no blog photos!

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Matching Sewing Patterns And Fabric

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At which point during a make do you feel confident you’ve chosen the right fabric?

  • At Moment Of Purchase
  • During Cutting Out
  • Sewing The Outfit Together
  • Trying It On
  • After Wearing For A Few Days

It’s a tricky one, isn’t it?

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In Which I Humiliate A Dog

Hello, hello, my friends! Jayzus, I kid you not, I have literally nothing to say about sewing because I’ve sewed NOWT but I missed you something chronic, like a pain in the gut, and I just had stop by and say, ‘How’ve you BEEN?!’ Did you survive the season of Death By Baileys? If you’re reading this, I can only assume so.

If I sound a little, ahem, frazzled that’s because I am. Christmas was incredibly lovely – one of my best for years – but I never quite stopped working. And then I came home and decided to work some more. So then I gave up on the make-up. And then I decided washing my hair was a waste of time. Eating became one of those boring tasks you do to stop yourself from dying. You know the type of thing. Or hopefully, you don’t! If it hadn’t been for Ella nagging me and clawing at me when she thought my auld arse was about to get permanently moulded to the office chair, I’d probably have the neighbours asking what that smell was by now.

And in the midst of all this, I did not pick up a needle. Chronic, I tell ya!

Anyway, the craziness was all self-inflicted, a project dear to my heart and I wanted to start 2019 feeling that it was done. And now it is. So now I can sew again.

I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. And when I next return I promise to stop doing a bad Marian Keyes impression and I’ll be back to my calm, placid self.

In the meantime, here’s a photograph of Ella wearing an Elizabethan ruff from one of our rare excursions (on New Year’s Day, no less) and it makes me laugh like a drain. I hope you do, too!

PS Did I mention that I missed you? Because I really, really have.

ella in ruff

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GBSB Drinking Game!


It’s safe to say I’m just a little excited about the upcoming new series of The Great British Sewing Bee. Rumour has it, it shall be airing in early 2019 so it’s time to get ready.

Here’s my Christmas present to you – The Great British Sewing Bee Drinking Game!

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The Festive Message Is GO!

Ella and I hope you enjoy!

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Catch Up And Cushions

how to wash vintage embroidery

Hello, hello! I missed you guys! It’s been crazy busy at Did You Make That Towers with a trip to New York and THEN a trip to North Devon. It’s a tough call to say which was best. Not much to choose between them…

new york 2018

writing retreat

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Sew An Iconic Fashion Item – The Mini Skirt

Do you listen to The High Low Podcast? I really enjoy it. They mentioned that the mini skirt has topped a list of the most iconic female fashion items of the last 50 years. It goes without saying that my mind leapt to sewing patterns!

Dolly and Pandora suggested that not all women feel comfortable in a mini skirt. Personally, I love a short hem. Paired with thick tights and boots or Converse, they’re the perfect combination of cute and easy to wear. Of course, there’s short and there’s short!

teen vintage mini skirt

All joking aside, if I was on the serious hunt for an interesting mini skirt pattern, I’d definitely go the vintage route. First of all, there are thousands of patterns out there. Second of all, they can be snapped up super cheap. Sewing pattern for £2? Just hit your local friendly online auction site.

But if you prefer contemporary mini skirt sewing patterns, here’s a run down of:

  • Tried And Tested Patterns
  • New Faces On The Block
  • Recommended Fabrics

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Can YOU Wear Yellow?

nora top sew me sunshine

So, who is it who even decided we can’t wear yellow? It’s one of those rules that may make sense for some, but doesn’t seem to work for me.

Is it like other rules we encounter?

  • Older women can’t wear black
  • Never mix pink and red
  • Animal prints aren’t a neutral

I’m clearly not buying it.

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

Ella Says Happy Christmas

Oh, what fun! We can start planning what we want to buy or be gifted around the seasonal holidays. So, without further ado, here is my round up of fantastic gifts.

First, if you’re in the London area, get yourself down to the Christmas shop at Liberty – this will put you right in the mood. Whilst there, you might want to stop by the haberdashery section… Go on, treat yourself!

liberty store tana lawn

If you insist on treating others, Liberty do the most gorgeous gift coins – their equivalent of vouchers. These make a lovely present for a friend.

Each year, I buy myself a Liberty bauble for my Christmas tree, though this year I might order a Vaginament from Felt Melon instead. Oh yes, my friends…


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Tumble Out Of Bed And Stumble To The Kitchen

tilly and the buttons sewing nora

Would you take a meeting with this woman? I know, debatable, right?

I’m getting ready for a work trip away, so obviously I had to squeeze in some sewing! I’m wearing:

Burda 7020 Jacket – sewn four years ago

The Maker’s Atelier One Hour Skirt – sewn seven months ago

The Tilly and the Buttons Nora top – sewn this weekend!

This is sooooo going to be an outfit when I’m racing around New York, but in the meantime I guess I should show you the Nora top. Can you see it better now?

karen and ella 2018

Ha, ha! I’m taking lots of photos of Ella as we’re about to be separated for three weeks. SOB.

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