A rainy afternoon skirt

My daughter has been eyeing off this fabric in my stash for quite a while now, so a couple of weeks ago when we had a few rainy days we spent an afternoon in the sewing room together making this skirt. She loves long, flowy skirts so we drafted a circle skirt together. First of…

What’s on the cutting table…

Lockdown has been a great opportunity for me finally to put all my sewing projects online. I began this blog about 5 years ago, and my first two posts are the only reminder of that time – it’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come, which is one of the reasons for…

An Adventure in tank tops

Everyone needs a good basic tank top or camisole pattern, both as a summer staple and a stash busting pattern for those fabric remnants we always end up with. Now I’m personally not a fan of wearing thin straps so when I saw the Adventure Tank pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts, with its high neck…

A new lease of life

I made this Colette Laurel shift dress not long after the pattern was released, maybe 7 or so years ago, and its been an easy wear staple ever since – usually for around the house on a lazy day off or for throwing on over sandy togs at the beach. I love the back darts…

A winter shift dress

Sewing a Winter dress in Spring? Am I running late or just really organised for next year? The bonus is that I got the fabric, a beautiful rust stretch fine corduroy from Dragonfly Fabrics, on sale – bonus! It’s a lovely fabric and worked well with the pattern, which is The Assembly Line’s Cap Sleeve…

Summery Colette Penny

I still love shirt dresses, and the Colette Penny has to be one of my favourite versions, along with the Closet Case Kalle – two very different styles but both fabulous dresses. Here I made version 2, which is the sleeveless bodice, semi-circle skirt and overlapping waist belt. (Version 1 has a fitted waistband, set-in…

A tale of three jackets

I’ve been looking to make a jacket (or three!) that can be thrown on to duck out, but is also comfortable enough to wear indoors as an extra layer. These three jackets all fit the bill. All are straightforward sews and have a similar boxy shape and dropped sleeves. The main differences are in body…

Men’s Sienna Maker Jacket

I am just so pleased with this project! Emboldened by this post from the MainelyMenswear blog, I decided to try my hand at creating a men’s version of the Closet Case Sienna Maker jacket for my husband. For starters it seemed like an interesting pattern altering challenge and secondly (and perhaps more importantly!) it gave…

The Amazing Fit Dress (Simplicity 1458)

For this month’s post I decided to join in the Simplicity Sewing Challenge and chose to make the Amazing Fit dress. I’m working hard on improving the fit of my sewing and so this seemed like a great chance to practise! About the pattern: The dress is a fit and flare style, constructed of 5…