A Tale of Two Skirts - A Review of Simplicity 8250

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Well done everyone - we've nearly made it to the end of January! I hope the month hasn't dragged too much for you. I've been having a sort out in the craft room, tidying my fabrics, sorting through scraps and generally organising supplies. I managed to take two large bags of fabric scraps to H&M for recycling which is great as, with the best intentions, I wasn't ever going to get round to making another quilt with them.
However, I have managed to squeeze in some sewing and I have two lovely new skirts to share with you today.


Simplicity 8250 1950s skirt pattern

Sew Over It's 1940s Wrap Dress

Thursday, 11 January 2018


Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are feeling relaxed and raring to go, despite the gloomy weather we're having at the moment. Today I'm sharing my first make of 2018 and she's a beauty! The 1940s Wrap Dress by Sew Over it has been a class for a little while and I know quite a few people have been requesting this pattern release since they first spied it.

Sew Over It 1940s Wrap Dress

Ideas for DIY Christmas Presents

Saturday, 4 November 2017
We've arrived at that time of year when Christmas adverts are popping up on TV and the shops are starting to stock Advent Calendars. I love Christmas and enjoy making presents to give to family & friends. Over the years I've gifted homemade bags, clothes and accessories and I've started to think about my DIY plans for this year. If you'd like to make some gifts and are wondering where to begin I thought I'd round up some ideas to get you started!

Kindle Cover

I'd hazard a guess that the majority of people who commute to work probably own an electronic book reader. This free tutorial to make a cover isn't too complicated and only uses one fat quarter of fabric. There's a pocket to slide the Kindle into and the little fabric triangles help hold the reader in place.
http://whip-stitch.com/kindle-cover-tutorial/ I made mine using this crazy cute cat fabric from The Eternal Maker

Home made kindle cover

1950s Sewing The Scene Jacket

Monday, 9 October 2017

You may recall that I'd decided to have a go at sewing a 1950s Swing Jacket in the style of one worn by the character Bel in BBC's The Hour. Here's a reminder of how it looks.

1950s swing jacket

The Great British Sewing Bee Live.

Monday, 25 September 2017

I thought I’d give a quick snapshot review of our day at The Great British Sewing Bee Live which was held at the Excel centre last week. When the event was first advertised, I was a little unsure on how well it would do, coming the weekend after The Handmade Fair and only a couple of weeks ahead of The Knitting & Stitching Show. Would it be successful sandwiched in between two well established events?  

Patrick Grant and Esme Young are interview by Jenny Eclair

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A Tale of Two Skirts - A Review of Simplicity 8250

Well done everyone - we've nearly made it to the end of January! I hope the month hasn't dragged too much for you. I've been ha...