‘Veronica’ by Nicholas Christopher

Veronica is told from the perspective of Leo, who is suddenly thrust into a world of magic and time travel after a chance encounter on the snowy streets of Manhattan. I found myself completely hooked from the beginning; the opening few chapters are some the best I've ever read. However, as it went on the magic… Continue reading ‘Veronica’ by Nicholas Christopher

Tilly and the Buttons Francoise Dress

I love the simplicity of '60s shift dresses, and when I find the perfect pattern I plan on making one for every day of the week! With the 'Françoise' dress by Tilly and the Buttons it seemed I could be onto a winner. It's such a gorgeous design, full of lovely details like the raglan… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons Francoise Dress

Books to retreat into

Everyone has those select books that make them feel safe. Whether it's because you read them at a particular time in your life, or associate them with something comforting, these books can have a surprisingly powerful effect. In this post, I'm going to share some of the ones I like to bury myself in when… Continue reading Books to retreat into

Tilly and the Buttons ‘Megan’ Dress

For my latest garment I made the Megan dress from the book Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes. I think it's fantastic that she gets the reader making a proper dress so early on; most beginners' sewing books have heaps of dull projects at the start, which can be really frustrating! I actually made this quite a… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons ‘Megan’ Dress

‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

I haven't read a Murakami novel in a long time (well, actually it's only been a few months, but for me that's ages) and the relief that washed over me when I started reading this was overwhelming. Returning to his controlled yet eloquent style felt like putting on a well-worn pair of shoes. South of… Continue reading ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

Mod A-line skirts

For my second sewing project, I made the Delphine skirt from the book Love At First Stitch, a simple a-line style with an invisible zip at the back. I ended up making two; this is the first: This wonderfully psychedelic fabric had been sitting in my stash for ages, but I finally found the perfect use… Continue reading Mod A-line skirts

‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is about the romance between 17-year-old Elio and Oliver, an American scholar staying with his family. Set in Italy over the course of a summer, it follows their relationship from when it blossoms up to its inevitable end. I'd previously seen the film and absolutely loved it. With another novel… Continue reading ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

Pyjama trousers

For my first sewing project I made a pair of pyjama trousers from the book Love At First Stitch (which I'll be steadily working my way through before I graduate to commercial patterns). Here's what I started out with... And here's how they turned out (my dog wanted to join in)...   This pattern was literally one… Continue reading Pyjama trousers

Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

I'm about to embark on an exciting new adventure: sewing all my own clothes for a year! Right now I'm fairly competent at sewing, but I really want to take my skills to the next level, and this will help me get there. I thought I'd start out by setting a few rules: I won't… Continue reading Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

I wanted to read Astragal as soon as I saw the blurb- it sounded like my perfect book, particularly as for a while I've been a bit obsessed with all things '60s. Once I found out a bit about Albertine Sarrazin's life, I was even more eager to start it. My edition included an introduction by Patti… Continue reading ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin