The Pink Reeta

The Pink Reeta

As this was my second Reeta I thought I'd have some fun and make some tweaks - hence the short hem, which has been handy for the warmer weather. Although I like this alteration I do think that the original midi length gives the Reeta something special and 'stand-outish' about it and I probably wouldn't alter that again. But as this fabric was on the higher end of my budget I didn't mind paying for less ;) Read More...

Slow Sewing

Slow Sewing

Last week I was inspired to buy 3 sewing patterns. All absolutely beautiful, 1 for practicality, 1 because I can envision it looking stunning and 1 because it was on sale and I have loved it since it's release but not enough to buy it full price. 
Usually I don't have to justify to myself too much about all the purchasing for sewing, "it's my hobby", "it brings me joy", "I love it" and so on. But this week being fashion revolution week had it's effect on me and inspired me to make and inspired me to make more conscious choices.. Read More...

The Arielle Skirt / Pattern Review

The Arielle Skirt / Pattern Review

One thing that's for certain, Tilly definitely knows how to write sewing instructions. The Arielle pattern clearly states it's for beginners and it definitely is. It's beautifully laid out, it holds your hand where you need it and you really feel like you achieve something when finishing it. Read More...

The Helmi / Pattern Review

The Helmi / Pattern Review

When I first put on my finished Helmi I really felt that I had made a formal nighty. It was so long and so frumpy. A major no no. I knew this wasn’t a fitted garment and I’m always on the prowl for secret pyjamas, but this was too much.
I had unfortunately skipped the part where Named Clothing kindly point out “The patterns are designed for the height of 172 cm / 5ft 8” …oops. I’m definitely 5ft 4”...Read More

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show Haul

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show Haul

This was my first time visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show and after seeing the amount of stalls that were exhibiting I realised it had to be a 2 day trip. I didn’t really have an action plan for the 2 days except a workshop on the Friday which was ‘Handmade Book with Fabric Cover’ taught by Sue Cotten. This workshop was so good that book making has become my new obsession. After the workshop I wanted to dive into the stalls. It was pretty hectic and I kept seeing something glorious and saying ‘ooh I’ll come back and buy that’ or ‘I’ll get that tomorrow’ so many times that I actually forgot the things - quickly realised this mistake and started taking notes...Read more

My Sewing Journey

My Sewing Journey

I first learnt to sew at school, I say “learnt” but really I was in year 9 and at a relatively naughty school and if I remember correctly our teenage minds were having a bit of a ‘nobody got time for dat’ moment. Not everyone in the class was uninterested, I remember a few of my friends LOVING it. But I tried my best and so did the teacher - I feel for her now handling 30 teenagers 27 of which were absorbing all of her attention through being well, teenagers and causing havoc.
I remember absolutely loving the cupboard full of fabrics I loved looking at them and organising them into categories, but I never actually thought “wow this would make a cool dress, t-shirt, trousers etc” I just liked them in their raw form.
The projects for the year in the textiles class were ‘Make a Tote Bag’ and ‘Make a soft toy’ I remember the tote bag I made - it was purple with sequins (not hand sewn) and I couldn’t get the inside pocket zip to work. Luckily I had a talented friend in my class who helped. But when it came to the soft toy it took me about 4 months (broken down to 2 lessons a week = 32 hours which felt like an eternity especially because my teacher was stretched so thin). The soft toy I made was a dog, it didn’t look much like a dog, and I stuffed it with old tights, but I was so proud. I remember the final line of stitching (some hand sewing on the inside of his tummy) and thinking “wow I really hope I never sew again”...Read more