Working with denim…


Denim is probably my all-time favourite fabric. It wears well, is easy to repair and gets more beautiful with age – surely it’s every sustainable sewist’s dream fabric?!

I am no stranger to working with Denim, I’ve made several denim garments now which can be seen on the blog – grey and blue denim Pippi Pinafores, two denim Cleos and this Camden skirt spring immediately to mind but despite lots of practise I hadn’t ever used denim thread before.


I was sent this multi-pack of Gutermann denim threads to try out. They are really nice to touch and feel quite smooth, they are thicker than regular Gutermann sew-all thread but definitely not as thick as topstitching thread. Depending on what mood it is in, sometimes my machine has  a bit of a problem with topstitching thread but it didn’t once have a problem with this denim thread so I think I will try and use this whenever I can!


Because it is specifically designed for denim it is strong and comes in typical jeans colours. These are basically my most used colours anyway! I wanted to do contrasting topstitching on these dungarees I am making so I went for the rust coloured thread on this indigo denim chambray – I couldn’t be happier with my choice!


Of course, if you are using contrasting topstitching it means your stitches will be really visible so I recommend taking your time – slow your machine down if you can and try to keep your stitches as straight as you can! I went for an interesting back pocket design as I couldn’t let my husband get all the details on his shorts! This design is inspired by one of my favourite book series – anyone know the books?!


I also recommend using Jeans needles if you are working with denim, they are quite heavy duty and are designed to punch through denim. I used these Hemline ones this time and found them to work perfectly!

I am so excited to show you my finished dungarees – they are taking a little bit longer to make because of all the details but that will be totally be worth it when I have a really well made pair of dungarees with special pockets and lots of interesting detail. I am a strong believer in the mantra ‘Loved Clothes Last’ and I believe that the more effort I put into these special details then the more attached I get to the garment and the more likely I am to love and wear and repair these for many years to come!

For more information on Gutermann’s recycled thread, you can find out more from their website: or you can email:

For more information on Hemline products, feel free to email:

Disclaimer: ⭐️Thread and needles were provided free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!



My sewcial weekend


If you follow me on social media you might have seen that I had a rather lovely sewcial weekend last weekend! I was extremely lucky to win tickets to the British Wool show in an Instagram giveaway from Botanical Yarn. So on Friday last week I spent the day walking round lots of inspiring stalls, squishing lots of lovely yarn and talking to lots of amazing small business owners. Read More

Back to school…


It’s the middle of August so I am sure most parents out there are starting to think about getting ready for back to school. My little boy turned four a few months ago so he will be starting school in September! I almost can’t believe it! When I started thinking about all the stuff I needed to get ready it was easy to start feeling overwhelmed so I decided to start getting prepared early… Read More

Ogden/Ida Swap 2019


I just love taking part in swaps – it feels so nice to make a gift for someone you don’t even know and put together a special parcel for them! I don’t tend to do many though, as they can be expensive and I have struggled with others spending much more than I did which left me feeling a bit inadequate. I do like the Ogden/Ida swap though – this is because you know exactly what you are sending and receiving, you can specify which pattern(s) you want to make and whether you can afford/are willing to send internationally AND of course – both patterns are great scrap busters which makes them sustainable if you actually do use scraps! Read More

Fringe Dress Fiasco!

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Oh man, this fabric and I have been through the ringer! I actually cut out pieces of another pattern before I realised it wasn’t going to fit me!! Fortunately, the Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress came to my rescue and I LOVE the finished dress!

For all the grizzly details in the disaster that eventually led to this gorgeousness please click here and read all about it!

Disclaimer: ⭐️Fabric was provided free of charge in exchange for a review. I chose the fabric and what to make with it. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

We were looking for leafy…

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Anyone get the quote from the title? I can’t stop saying it whenever I wear this dress! Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s no point writing a whole blog post for my blog when I do one of these reviews as I don’t have any more to say than I have already said (and WHO is going to read two blog posts about the same thing anyway?!). If you like this dress and want to read about the fabric/pattern or how I got on with the construction then just click here to read all about it!

Hope you’ve had a great week!

Disclaimer: ⭐️Fabric was provided free of charge in exchange for a review. I chose the fabric and what to make with it. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

Sourcing recycled interfacing!

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Hi folks!  I have a quick little update for you today. Vlieseline have released a press release regarding their products and sustainability and have asked me to share it with you guys!

For the sake of transparency: I am not getting anything for sharing this information with you and I haven’t tried all these products, but I know we are all trying to do our best to be sustainable crafters and I know we all need to use interfacing for our projects so I am certainly glad to know which ones are made with recycled plastics and I figured you would probably like to know too! Read More