Category Archives: sewing and knitting

A blog about my journey making things with sewing needles and knitting needles.

M6885 Shirt Dress – More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Want to sew a shirt dress with interesting details, but without sleeve plackets or a gazillion buttons? Welcome to the M6885 shirt dress! This is a dream to wear. I can say that with confidence because I’ve already worn it … Continue reading

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Bend Like The Green Reed

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it. Life … Continue reading

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15mm – the rule of thumb

15mm. I never knew this tiny measurement would become such a key part of my life. But it’s the standard seam allowance in most sewing patterns and now I can eyeball 15mm with impressive accuracy. It’s not always clever or … Continue reading

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7 Years Of Blogging & Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Butterick 5455

Looking for the perfect dress to layer with cardies, that can make either a summer or winter outfit? Welcome to the Butterick 5455! It’s a much lauded pattern, sadly out of print. Source it, if you can. Look at the gorgeous bodice … Continue reading

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How To Sew A Really Good Pleat

I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric. That’s a recipe for inaccuracy. But … Continue reading

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Interview with Mark Creasey, Girl Charlee UK

One of my favourite makes from Girl Charlee UK When I decided to leave a steady job, I discovered allies and compatriots in the most unlikely of places. Whilst packing up my office desk and handing in my security pass, … Continue reading

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Behind The Scenes At Did You Make That

Behind the scenes posts are always fun, aren’t they? So without, further ado… Here’s the sewing machine that is permanently set out in a corner of my living room. Rachel from House of Pinheiro was recently snapped using it, when … Continue reading

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I Fell Off My Pink Cloud With A Thud

Is pink one of the most hotly contested colours in a female’s wardrobe? After my Instagram feed was flooded with images of women, including Margaret Atwood, wearing pink pussy hats I think the answer is YES! It’s a colour we’re … Continue reading

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A Flame Called Hope

Welcome to my Sew Over It Lola Jacket, from their ebook Capsule Wardrobe: My City Break. This gilt brocade has been scooped up by loads of sewing bloggers, if my Instagram feed is anything to go by. You can see why. … Continue reading

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