Sew Over It Molly Dress A Deux


I’m slightly freaking myself out! Double trouble, and no mistake. But if you want an excuse to buy four metres of fabric instead of two, keep reading…

I’ve made two more Molly dresses from My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break, using two lengths of Andover jersey in magenta and navy that I bought from The Village Haberdashery back in January. I’m enjoying the challenge of clearing out my stash. Two fabrics of equal weight and quality – why not mix things up?

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My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break, The Molly Dress


Lisa Comfort must own a crystal ball. On Wednesday she released her new ebook, My Capsule Wardrobe, full of cosy and comfortable patterns. On Friday, autumn arrived. By Saturday, I had a new dress.

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Second Ginghamalong Random Prize Winner!

So, immediately after posting about our winner yesterday, I realised that Me And Two Makes Three had already won some gingham in the launch giveaway. (Note to self – maybe only have one giveaway next time.)

Anyways! Amy has generously agreed to share the prize draw with one other winner. Watch the video to find out who that is.

Thanks, all! I’m going for a lie down.

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Ginghamalong Prize Draw


Drum roll, please! With nearly 60 entries into the #ginghamalong prize draw, we have a winner. Watch the video below to see who that lucky person is.

Thanks to everyone who joined in. Wasn’t it fun? I’m still going through blog posts and seeing the joy.

Apologies but for now, this can’t be shared on Instagram. My account has been hacked!

UPDATE! I’ve realised that the winner has already had some good luck with the launch prize so, to share the love, there shall be a second prize draw for and we’re going to split the prize. Names in a basket, huh?

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Ginghamalong Goes Live!

ginghamalong button iii

Squeeeee! The great gingham day has arrived. If you’ve spent the past month sewing up gingham, now is the time to share your work. Leave a comment on this post, linking to your social media share. If you don’t have a social media profile, you can email me a photo of your make to didyoumakethat[at]fastmail[dot]fm. I’ve already received quite a few emails and some awesome photographs.

These are the only two ways to enter the prize draw. None of us can rely on me rigorously trawling through various social media platforms, because I’m just not that rigorous.

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1960s Flapper Girl


This is a real meeting of decades. A 1920s flapper print and a vintage 1960s pattern. 1967, to be exact. Sometimes, you just have to sew as the spirit moves you.

The fabric is a silk/cotton mix from The Man Outside Sainsburys, bought for £5 a metre. It’s really lovely. A fellow customer and I gleefully compared notes on what we’d make with this fabric. ‘Dare I sew a dress?’ she asked. Absolutely!

I bought two metres. In the meantime, a friend had gifted me some vintage patterns. Then, I had one of those nights. You know the kind. Eyes ping open at 4am:

Angel: Just lie here. Even if you don’t go back to sleep, stay here. If you get up now you’ll mess your body clock up for the next 48 hours.

Devil: Or you could get up and sew…

Can you guess who won?

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Ginghamalong Prize Draw


With our deadline hoving into view (13 September, people – four days from now!) it’s time to announce what one lucky winner, drawn at random, shall receive.

The prizes, collectively worth over £100, are supplied by this blog’s generous sponsors, myself, and a couple of bookish people.

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The William Morris Colouring Book

William Morris Image

Clockwise from top left, my Ginger jeans, my Anna dress, my dog, and my Deep V Tunic.

Long-term readers of the blog will know that the William Morris Gallery pops up here on a regular basis. It’s a beautiful museum with free entry, in the gorgeous Lloyd Park. Perfect for inspiration, dog walks and blog photography. I really do urge a visit if you’re ever in Walthamstow. No more than a ten-minute walk from the market and surrounded by cafes and pubs.

So, when a blog reader got in touch to ask if I’d like a copy of The William Morris Colouring Book I snatched her hand off!

William Morris Colouring Book

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Ginghamalong – The Bettine Dress

Bettine Dress Collage Gingham

I have a sudden urge to hoist a nautical flag!

This is my third make for the #ginghamalong. (My first here and my second here.) With this make, I decided to test Tilly’s assertion that the Bettine dress is perfect for adapting to jersey. Guess what? She’s right!

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Deep V Tunic With An Accessory

deep v tunic diy couture

The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice that my latest make comes with an unusual new accessory. Five stitches in me beak! The weekend saw a visit to A&E after I tried to squeeze a curtain rail into a wheelie bin. The curtain rail fought back. Moral of the lesson: don’t start squeezing curtain rails into wheelie bins at 8am on a Saturday morning. Understood? Good!

Moving on.

This is my second make of the Deep V Tunic from Rosie Martin’s No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes. I have worn my first version to death. It’s a perfect piece in what has become my summer uniform – shorts and a floaty top. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do when the weather turns too cold for shorts.

rosie martin deep v tunic

This version is made from an Italian floaty coral viscose bought from The Fabric Godmother. Yes, those are flamingos and no, this fabric is no longer available. You have to be quick off the blocks when you visit Josie’s shop! No hanging about. Fortunately, it looks as though Ditto Fabrics stocks something similair.

The fabric is a devil to work with, but once you’ve sewn your last stitch and the tunic slides over your head, you gasp at how awesome this viscose is to wear. So soft, so floaty, so cool. So worth it!

I added an interfaced hem band to this version, one of the variations in the book.

hem band

I really love this pattern! I particularly love the sleeve caps. Best of all? The colour matches my bruises.

sleeve band ii

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