Floral Freya of Dreams

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I’ve been meaning to have a go at the Tilly and the Buttons Freya top since Tilly’s Stretch book came out last year. The problem was, I really didn’t want any of the other patterns in the book. I have a raglan t-shirt pattern already and I won’t make a hoodie, jogging bottoms or the Joni dress as it’s just not my style. I was pleasantly surprised when someone said to check my local library and they had it in! I had a bit of an ethical dilemma about just borrowing the book and tracing the pattern and felt a bit guilty about not paying for the pattern. But I have bought Tilly’s other book (which I haven’t made anything from!) and lots and lots of her other patterns so I thought she would forgive me. Read More

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Tablecloth Refashion!

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Only long-time followers of the blog will remember my experiments last year with dyeing tablecloths. I absolutely loved the finished results but since then they have sat in my stash waiting for the perfect project!

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Anyone remember me dyeing these?!

Well a few weeks ago, I finally had the idea for the perfect  project! The Sew Liberated Metamorphic Dress! This pattern has been on my radar for ages but the fabric requirements were holding me back. Because this pattern is made up of two layers, making the dress reversible, it takes up quite a lot of fabric. I struggled to justify buying 4-5m of fabric for one dress. This is when I realised it was the perfect project for one of my tablecloths! Read More

Tutorial: How to make a Felt Pin Banner

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I have developed a real love for enamel pin badges.  I blame Pink Coat Club for giving me the first taste and now I am hooked. I love heading out wearing a little display of my favourite things, hobbies, books and films all represented by these little pieces of treasure on my shirt/jacket/dungarees.

In my old house I had a cork board that I pushed all my enamel pins into, it was easy to grab a couple and go! This new house is smaller and I no longer have a dedicated sewing room. I don’t mind at all, we wanted to downsize and I feel much happier in this smaller space. BUT there was some stuff that couldn’t come with us or wouldn’t suit a smaller space and my huge cork board covered in sketches/sewing patterns/notes/scraps of fabric and enamel pins just wouldn’t look nice in my living room. So when I packed up the old house I sold the cork board and packed up all my pins into a little tin. They have been sitting in there since the move and I haven’t worn any of them! They had been totally forgotten! So I needed another solution, a prettier one that would look nice and also be practical. This is the solution I came up with – a banner made from felt and I thought I would turn it into a tutorial for you all too! Read More

#sewingprecious Giveaway!

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It’s quite hard to follow up on last week’s Freebie Sewing Patterns blog post – man we all love a free pattern don’t we? Luckily, I’ve got some gorgeous sewing tools to giveaway so we can keep the free stuff train going!

A few weeks ago, my mum posted on Instagram a picture of my grandma’s button tin and it got a conversation going about people having their mum’s/grandma’s/aunties/great-gran’s button tins and all the treasures that are found inside. This led to my mum coming up with the idea for this wonderful challenge and giveaway! Read More

FREE Sewing Patterns List!

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Almost a year ago I researched and compiled a huge list of free PDF patterns from Indie pattern companies. I thought it was time to update this list, delete some links to patterns no longer available, and most importantly – add a load of new ones! If you have a favourite that isn’t in this list feel free to leave a comment, I am happy to host this as a living document that everyone in the sewing community is welcome to add to.

A lot of pattern companies that sell PDF patterns often release a free pattern so you can try out their brand before handing over any hard-earned cash! With the help of my lovely followers this is now a list of over 80 of the best freebie patterns. I have tried to only include pattern companies we know and trust. No weird websites or odd Pinterest links here. Only generous pattern companies who would like to offer some freebies to their customers.

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French Curve and Fitting Adjustments

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AAAAaaages ago I was sent a Metric French Curve to review by Minerva Crafts. I completely forgot to post about it on here but there has been lots of discussion recently online about measurements/size and making adjustments to fit our bodies. I hadn’t used a French Curve before – I have always just freehand drawn any alterations I wanted to make and I thought this would take my drawing skills to the next level. What I didn’t expect was it to give me loads of help in actually knowing how to alter patterns to suit my shape! Read More

Big Floral Susie Blouse

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I requested some of this beautiful Lady McElroy floral cotton poplin from Minerva Crafts as for my January Blogger Network post. I absolutely love the print but I didn’t realise the flowers on it are MASSIVE! When the fabric arrived I was a bit worried that I had ordered it with plans to make a top – would the big print be lost on a small garment? Should I have ordered more and chosen to make a dress to display this beautiful print? I even asked for suggestions what to do with it in my Autumn/Winter makes blog post. After some deliberation I decided, I chose a top because I needed more tops in my wardrobe – so a top it would become!

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I am happy with this decision as I am pleasantly surprised that the big print makes a really nice top! I spent a while moving the pattern around on the fabric so I could get a nice fabric placement and I am pleased with the finished effect – I really wanted to display some of the bigger blooms while simultaneously avoiding flower-boobs! A fine line that I think I managed to navigate quite successfully! Phew!

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This Susie Blouse was the first time I’ve tried a Sew Over It pattern (I know, where have I been right?!) and while I thought the instructions were clear and the pattern was easy to use, I really struggled with the sizing though! My measurements came in at a size 12 at the bust and a 14 at the waist and hips.

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I was a bit worried about making it too small as there aren’t any fastenings to this top – it just goes on over the head. So I went with the straight size 14 as I didn’t want to have any problems pulling it on or off. Good job I did! The bodice fit just fine, no problems getting it on but the sleeves were sooo tight! Like, I could barely get them on, definitely couldn’t lift my arms kind of too-tight! Thank goodness I didn’t cut a 12 at the bust/armscye as my measurements had indicated! I read around a few blogs and saw several people saying the same. I took the sleeves apart and sewed them again with a teeny 0.5cm seam allowance and they fit fine now! It was also a little tight around the hips but I folded up a nice deep hem and that was problem solved! Phew – that was a close one!

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Altogether I am chuffed to bits with my new top, I am so glad I managed to rescue it after it almost didn’t fit me! I definitely plan on making this again and at least I now know what adjustments to make for next time. If you want any more info about the fabric (it’s seriously wide!) or the links to any of the supplies used, head over to my blog post over at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.

Make Nine Plans

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I actually decided on my 2019 make nine plans a few weeks ago and have actually made a start on my makes already, but it’s taken me a few weeks to actually get my thoughts down into a blog post. Am I a bit crazy to be attempting another make nine? I wrote a #2018makenine and made five of them by July, then completely abandoned the list in the second half of the year! Hmm, maybe year-long objectives don’t work for me? OR maybe six months of not knowing where you are going to live just puts a stopper to planned objectives, giving way to more spontaneous making? I’m not sure which it was, so I am going to give it another go this year! Read More