Hinterland Dress Hack

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I am not usually much of a pattern hacker. I love really getting immersed in a pattern and giving it my complete focus. I find it so therapeutic following the flow of a pattern and like all the steps being laid out for me so I can just follow them. Pattern hacking is an extra effort that I cannot usually be bothered with, it involves extra brainwork that I get no joy from. I know loads of people who love the challenge of a pattern hack but that definitely isn’t me! Read More

Sew Up North 2019

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Well yesterday was a bit flipping exciting! As well as the annual Sew Up North event (which is the highlight of the sewing calendar as far as I am concerned) I also went to an extremely exciting bookish event in Leeds afterwards. I got up at 6.30am to get ready and get to Leeds in time to help set up in the morning and didn’t get home until after 11pm – and I loved (nearly!) every minute of it!

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Denim Ellis Dress

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Pockets full of conkers!

This dress has been a year in the making. I saw Noni’s (@isewyousee) version last winter and knew I wanted to copy it straightaway. It is literally my perfect dress – it’s comfy, detailed, big pocketed and hardwearing. I think it is particularly timeless so I am excited to wear this for many years and watch the denim wear and fade over time.

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One year on… Autumn Edition

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I’ve had a few conversations recently about revisiting older makes and talking about how they are wearing six months or one year on. So I’ve decided to do a #oneyearon spotlight on makes that I made a year ago and examining how they are doing. Are they being worn? If not, why not? Is the fabric washing and wearing well? How could I make sure that my makes are more sustainable to avoid any problems that I uncover… I am going to try and do this quarterly so that I can examine a set of makes for each season. Let’s start with what I made last autumn! Read More

Adventures in second-hand yarn

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It’s now been a year since I first started knitting. I learned those knits and purls in September 2018 and it’s a love affair that is now celebrating it’s first anniversary! With each project that I have attempted I have tried to learn a new skill or two. I don’t want to attempt something that seems so difficult it will put me off but at the same time I want my skills to develop and learn more with each make. Read More

Carbon copy…

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Have you ever tried using Dressmakers carbon paper? I hadn’t tried it before but have been meaning to try it for years since I read this blog post from TATB in 2014! It’s only taken five years but I’ve finally given it a try and I can confirm – it works great!

I was sent some of the Hemline tools to have a go with and I am so glad I did as I think they will be amazing when tracing patterns that are layered like you might find in Burda Magazine or sewing books like the Tilly and the Buttons ones. This allows you to trace the patterns without damaging or marking the pattern sheets in any way. You could choose to trace them directly onto the fabric you want to cut or could trace them onto some paper/Swedish Tracing Paper to keep as a seperate copy of the pattern. Read More

FREE Bag Patterns!

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Noodlehead Cargo Duffle Bag

Woohoo! I’ve reached 6000 followers on Instagram so to celebrate I’ve collected together a list of FREE bag patterns. Following on from the success of my original Free Sewing Patterns list that focuses on adult clothing patterns, there were lots of requests for a free bag patterns list. I have only made a few bags before and I am quite picky about what I add to these lists – bizarre youtube tutorials with no sound just ain’t my bag! So here’s the list as I’ve gathered so far, as always, feel free to add your favourite free patterns to the comments and I will add them to the list! Read More

Sashiko Tote Bag

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Has anyone started thinking about Christmas gifts? As soon as my birthday is over in August I immediately turn my attention to Christmas! Recently I was sent this Sew Easy Sashiko Tote bag kit to try and I think it is perfect for Christmas gifts – you could give the kit to a crafty friend for them to sew up a bag themselves OR you could spend the autumn evenings stitching up a bag yourself to give at Christmas. You could even put gifts in the bag and not use any wrapping paper (anyone else trying to stop using wrapping paper this Christmas?!) Read More

Top 10 Scrap Busting Patterns

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Stevie top uses less than 1m!

So just recently I’ve been really loving projects that use 1m or less. I like that they don’t use loads of fabric and have been focussing on working through my scraps. I think this is a great way of adding to a sustainable wardrobe – especially if you have scraps leftover from other projects or picked up in a fabric swap that you can use!

I want to add that there are tons of great patterns out there that are great for scrapbusting and use 1m or less (Ogden Cami I’m looking at you). However I am only including patterns that I myself have used and am happy to recommend! So without further ado, here is my list, feel free to add your favourites in the comments! Read More