Perfect Pippi Pinafore!

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I’m so excited to finally share this pinafore with you. I’ve been wearing it LOADS! It goes with loads of stuff in my wardrobe and I’ve been wearing it constantly, layered up on cold days and like this on warm days.

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It is, of course, the Pippi Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren. I absolutely fell in love with this pattern when it came out and I actually bought it the day it was released. I have made one version already – this grey denim version, but I am finding I’m not really reaching for it. Despite my attempts to liven it up with yellow lining and buttons I am just not excited by it. I don’t know why I won’t learn that I just don’t like wearing plain grey. When I made my Gyo top out of grey linen I ended up printing it with big yellow polka dots as I just hated the plain grey. I definitely think I need to do something similar to jazz up the grey Pippi Pinafore as it is a shame it isn’t getting worn. Read More

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Camden Skirt and Pattern Testing

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It seems strange to be writing about pattern testing the Camden Skirt when the pattern has been out for months but it’s been a bit of a winding road for me and this pattern! I don’t do a lot of pattern testing, it is often on a very short timeline and I don’t enjoy sewing under pressure. I’ve also been very open about not having a lot of money for crafting (thus why I am especially grateful for any freebies!) and I don’t like using some of my precious fabric on a pattern in it’s early stages that very well might not work (yes this has happened to me while pattern testing!). Read More

Stretchfix

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Hi, I hope you all are finding this product review series useful! Even if you don’t run out and buy the products I’m talking about, it’s useful to know what different products are out there if you ever need them, right? I hope so! I definitely didn’t know about some of these gadgets and tools that I’ve learned about recently, so I am assuming some of you hadn’t heard about them before either! This week I am talking about Vlieseline Stretchfix which was a new one to me! Read More

Stay Frosty!

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As you might have guessed, these pictures were taken a while ago! Often when I make things as a fabric review for Minerva Crafts, there is a gap between me taking the photos and me being able to publish the post. I don’t mind though and am enjoying being reminded of frolicking round a frosty field in the early morning sun in my frosty princess dress (it’s icy blue and glittery so that’s what I’ve been calling it!)

Anyway, I think the Ellis dress might be my new favourite pattern. I LOVE patterns with facings instead of bias finishes, I LOVE the keyhole back – no zips or buttonholes! I LOVE the absolutely giant pockets and I LOVE the four darts at the neckline.

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Get to the point!

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Here’s the next installment of my little Product Review series! I asked for this Clover Point 2 Point turner not knowing exactly when I was going to review it, just knowing that at some point I will be sure to need it. Up until now I’ve been trying to use a sad lonely chopstick that got seperated from it’s partner long ago (but it’s a bit too bulky), or a pair of scissors (bit too stabby pokey) to help poke out nice crisp corners. I didn’t realise that there was actually a proper tool for such a thing! There is and it’s called the Point 2 Point turner from Clover. Read More

How to refashion a dress that’s TOO SMALL

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Okay. Real talk time. We talk a lot in sustainability conversations that it’s good to refashion existing garments. It is great to take something unloved that already exists and make it into something you will wear a lot. That’s a really sustainable way to source materials and get a new garment without using anything that has been newly manufactured. I had a conversation with Emily (@notinator) on Insta recently about the downside to this. Often we are told to scour charity shops for the biggest garments we can find in order to get the most material, I feel like this was particularly mentioned a lot during the refashioners challenges.

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Plus-size dresses and coats yield the most amount of fabric to be turned into something new, that is true. But what about plus-sized people who need new clothes? Due to various societal biases there is evidence to show that fat people are paid less and unemployed more, so I have realised the importance of leaving good quality plus-size clothes in thrift/charity shops for people to wear. After all, many of us will have clothes that are too small for us already sitting in our wardrobes, they might still be great for refashioning! Read More

The right tools for the job!

DSC03027Anyone else guilty of not always using the right tools for the job? Trying to get away with not always using the right needle and instantly regretting it? Making a knit pattern work for woven? I am totally guilty of not always using the correct interfacing and sometimes I get away with it – sometimes I cause myself a world of pain! Anyone else guilty of this? Read More

A Henley for the Hubby!

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It was this handsome man’s 31st birthday this week, and amongst other things, I gave him this t shirt I made for him. It is the Strathcona Henley pattern and I made it as this month’s Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make.

It has got me thinking about sewing for other’s more though. I got great joy from making this for my husband and in truth I don’t need any more clothes now. Add that to the fact that my son is growing like a weed and I think I am ready to really put some thought into my Me Made May Pledge. Read More

No more dodgy hems!

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Where has the last week gone?! I don’t know how a week has passed since I wrote last week’s review. This week I’m testing out the Clover Stitch Guide. This is a new tool from Clover that I couldn’t get my hands on fast enough and let me tell you a little story why…

I’ve been sewing for over ten years but I really fell in love with sewing in 2015 after I had my son. I absolutely loved making cute baby clothes – they are quick to make, fun to design and only use small pieces of fabric. I was totally hooked. Jersey fabrics were my favourite and I loved making him cute dungarees and t-shirts. Because baby clothes are quick to make, I could manage to fit them into the short times I was baby-free and it really brought me joy to have something calm to do that was just for me. Read More