Find your fade – from scraps!

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This is my first completed lockdown knitting project, even though I am now well on my way to completing my second! I cast on this Andrea Mowry Find Your Fade made from scraps just a couple of days before the lockdown was announced.

Knitting this shawl has been such a source of comfort to me during this time, it’s really repetitive and doesn’t require remembering anything difficult. It also doesn’t have to fit, so if any stress was causing me to tighten up my tension at any point it wouldn’t matter. Read More

How to refashion trousers into dungarees!

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I bought a pair of pink linen trousers in a charity shop in January. That seems a lifetime ago right now but I can remember vividly standing in the shop trying to decide if this crazy idea to turn a pair of trousers into a pair of dungarees would work.

For a bit of context – I don’t wear a lot of pink (I think this might actually be my *first* pink garment), as I have a long standing hatred of the colour. But when I saw the pictures of the Closet Case Jenny Overalls when the pattern was first released I started to think that I would actually love a pair of pink linen dungarees.

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My inspiration – the Jenny Overalls pic that started it all.

Then I saw this amazing pair of pink burnside bibs that Marie made and it was love! So when I found these pink linen trousers, in my size, in a charity shop, for a mere £3.50, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe, just maybe, it might be possible to refashion them into dungarees… Read More

How to sew on a budget

 

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Sew with your scraps to save money!

It’s not been a secret that I have zero budget for sewing. We live on a very tight income and if I want to buy fabric or patterns I basically have to sell stuff on eBay to make a bit of spare cash for my hobby. Please don’t think I am complaining, we have made our choices, we are good at budgeting and don’t go without much. That does mean however, that I’ve learned a thing or two about sewing on a shoestring and in these times where a lot more people are facing financial struggles I thought I’d write down some of the ways I manage to sew cheaply. Read More

Top Tips for Beginner Garment Sewing

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Have you seen the return of the Great British Sewing Bee and decided to give garment sewing a try? Can’t figure out where to start? I’ve got you! Here are my top tips for how to start learning how to sew your own clothes!

Please note that this was written during the UK lockdown so I am writing this specifically with online resources in mind, I will write another version once lockdown has ended. Read More

Free Sewing Patterns List – 2020

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Money is extremely tight for a lot of households at the moment and we are all spending more time indoors looking for welcome distractions.  As my small way of helping, I have spent hours updating this list of over 100 FREE sewing patterns to make sure all the links work and add in everyone’s suggestions so that now there are more patterns than ever!

If you do have some spare cash and are in need of a little treat, I have some pins and stickers in the shop with the messages Rewear, Repair, Refashion and Repair is Rebellion.

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10 Reasons Crafting Makes Me Happy

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Sweater made with yarn from LoveCrafts

With everyone’s anxiety levels up at the moment I thought today was a good day to be inspired by LoveCrafts #StarMakerOfTheMonth March theme of Happiness. Sewing and knitting are my two preferred crafts and they both make me happy in quite different ways. As the International Day of Happiness is this month LoveCrafts have asked craft bloggers to write posts inspired by these questions:

1. What makes you happy?

2. Why does the handmade make you happy?

3. Share some of your favourite patterns and makes!

So I thought I would give it a go, as it seems like a good idea to spend some time thinking about the healing power of our crafts and the joy they can bring. I think this is an exercise that will be good for my own mental health, why not join in? I have come up with 10 reasons crafting makes me happy, do you have more?! Read More

Strawberry Carolyn Pyjamas

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Do you ever wonder what to make with quilting cotton? I do! I always love the cute novelty prints but I wouldn’t usually wear them day-to-day and couldn’t actually think of a pattern that would suit such a structured cotton that I would actually get any wear out of. Enter the Closet Case Carolyn Pyjamas (Yes I know the pattern is spelt pajamas but I can’t bring myself to spell it the American way!) as well as being perfect for flannel and silky fabrics this pattern also recommends cotton poplin and thus makes it the perfect pattern for using those novelty print cottons or quilting cottons that are cute but never know what to do with! Read More

Denim Month: Repairing Holes

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Hello friends!

I am really excited to be writing this blog post – my final one for denim month! As you may have seen on my Instagram I have been trying to shift my focus from new makes to spending more of my time and energy on repairing existing items that need a little bit of TLC. I have been joining in with #mendingmonday and committing some time each Monday to repairing at least one item but once I have my needle and thread out it often turns into two or three things that get a bit of love! Read More

Denim Month: Burnside Bibs

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Do you ever order fabric online and then completely change your mind what you are going to make once it arrives and you feel it?! I ordered this denim chambray expecting to make the Merchant and Mills Ellis Dress but it was far too lightweight for the wintery version I had in mind. This was no problem at all, as you all know I ordered some 6oz denim and made my beautiful Ellis and had an idea what to make with this so I am totally claiming chambray as an acceptable contribution to denim month!

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Denim Month: Using Scraps

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You may have already seen this blog post over on the Sewcialists blog but if not, here it is… I am so excited that the theme this month is denim as it is my all-time favourite fabric! It’s my favourite fabric to sew as it behaves well under the sewing machine and it’s my favourite fabric to wear as it looks great with so many colours, makes durable garments and only gets better with age!

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