Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Living the Simple Life... in the Simplicity 6346 Skirt!

So, it's been a while...

In between juggling various jobs, I recently went to Spain for a week - a much deserved break, I feel! Lots of swimming...eating...walking...reading... and taking photos.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Seven Way Wonder Dress!


It's been a while, so I thought I'd share some news... my first post has gone live on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network! I'm so excited to be part of the making & writing team! 

And if there was a blog post soundtrack fit to sit alongside this short post, it would have to be by 70's legend, Stevie Wonder... I know it's not the first time I've called upon him to provide the backing track, but hey - this is a 70's pattern, and it's oh-sew-groovy, man! ;)

Monday, 18 April 2016

She wore a coat... of many colours (ah-ah-aaah)!

SEW... the first time I started work on this coat, it didn't quite go to plan... and I thought, rather than ignore it and cut to the 'good' bit, I'd share the not-so-good bits - so that, if you're thinking of customising something in a similar way, you can avoid the heartache I went through!!

This coat has recently been made fit to sing along with today's hope-filled blogpost soundtrack...Take Me Outside, Sit in the Green Garden... but it wasn't always the case!
My sister's coat - much as I was excited about it, and in spite of the fact I spent weeks planning it, buying fabric and buttons (including some from America, which weren't right for the coat when they finally arrived) - just didn't work out the way I'd hoped... That's not to say I've been beaten by it, just that I needed to tackle it twice, and win! I was determined to learn from the AWFUL mistakes I'd made the first time around...

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

How to get the Luxe Look...

On Saturday I spoke at a swishing event in Hayes, the premise was that I was to give an overview of what refashioning is - whist also talking about the benefits of making a garment last longer, breathing new life into old clothes, that kind of thing. My talk was meant to bridge the gap between people arriving with their pre-loved garments, whilst they were being laid out - before the ladies were allowed onto the floor, to ransack browse the clothing rails :) I had such a lovely response from everyone there after my presentation! One lady even gifted me with vegetarian Easter eggs! (Thanks so much Terri!!) A couple of comments were made about the quality of garments that are donated at these swishing events, and it got me thinking about how people feel about clothes, what we are drawn to, what we feel good in, and what we feel is 'good quality'. (FYI, I came away with a Hawaiian shirt, and a pair of XL corduroy pants; I'm now planning a summery refashion... more on that to come). So... good quality clothing... what does that mean to you?

Monday, 7 March 2016

Keeping Mum About The Gloves...Vogue V7949

Happy Belated Mothers Day! I couldn't post this any sooner, for fear of Mum reading it - as this is all about one of her presents... and one of my first makes for her...

Mum deserves a treat! She's so generous, and always giving everything she can to everyone else, so I like to get the chance to treat her. I'm not sure why I picked gloves - maybe because she's often taking care of dogs, walking in the cold... whatever my first thought was, I found this pattern and it seemed rather straight forward, so I thought I'd do some research on it.

I looked all over the internet for a review on this pattern and couldn't find ONE. I mean, NOT ONE REVIEW... why? I'm so used to reading reviews... maybe this is a relatively new release? Maybe no-one has found anything worth saying about it? Maybe the fact they're so easy to make means there is nothing to add to the pattern envelope instructions? Whatever the reason - I'm going there... this is a review! Obviously, if you've made these gloves - I'd love to hear your thoughts..!!

And the blogpost soundtrack for today..? Well she'd say this was 'my' song (as a baby) - but I think this Stevie Wonder track works perfectly for Mum on Mother's Day :)