Gifting scraps – Part 1



In December of 2017 I was lucky enough to snag some scrap bags from my favourite RTW company Palava. If you haven’t heard of them, they make some beautiful women’s and children’s clothes and have committed to a zero waste policy – here is a blog post outlining the company’s sustainable ethos. Every year they sell some fabric scraps for a good cause and this year I was quick enough to grab some of these for myself! Read More

A Walk in the Woods


I don’t only wear yellow. Honest. I am usually found wearing blue but I do (obviously!) love mustard as well. This beautiful location is Cropton forest in the North Yorkshire Moors and it is lovely at any time of year. If you have the opportunity to go I highly recommend a visit.

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I’ve finally settled on my nine patterns for my #2018makenine. I took my time choosing as I really wanted them all to be patterns I already own but haven’t made yet, sort of stash-busting my patterns. I wanted to choose patterns I’ve never made before because it feels like these are the projects I can aspire to completing. I know I will probably remake several tried-and-tested patterns this year so it didn’t feel like a challenge to include them in the list. I’ve also tried to carefully choose a mix of full garments and small scrap-busting projects. I am happy I have found a good balance with my final nine.

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What do I mean by ‘Sustainable Sewing’?

First of all I want to say that I don’t think any way of sewing is the wrong way. I think this amazing online community of sewing men and women is creative, supportive and inspirational and I don’t think any one of us is doing it the right or wrong way. There is nothing wrong with buying the latest fabrics and patterns just like there is also nothing wrong with sewing with only old tea towels!
Having said that, I am changing some of my own sewing habits this year and want to define what I mean by ‘Sustainable Sewing’ in the hope that it helps me keep my goals in mind and gives me something to refer back to as I go on this journey. Read More