My first time using a vintage pattern (sort of)!

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I found a stash of vintage patterns in my attic, and this was one of them. I'd never used a vintage pattern before this one, so I struggled a bit... Firstly, the pattern is two sizes too big for me; something I didn't realise when… Continue reading My first time using a vintage pattern (sort of)!


Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress

Lately I've been really getting into 1940s fashion, but most of the reproduction patterns from that era seem way too hard for a beginner like me. Enter the Doris dress; although not obviously '40s, with the right fabric and button choices I think it could have quite a vintage look. Also, it looked pretty straightforward,… Continue reading Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress


My picks for the 2019 #makenine challenge

In case you don't know, the make nine challenge involves picking out nine patterns that you pledge to make over the coming year. Here's a look at what I'll be making: 1.Tilly and the Buttons 'Coco' dress I've had the Coco pattern for ages, but I'm still searching for the perfect striped ponte di roma!… Continue reading My picks for the 2019 #makenine challenge


‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

Lilou is the final pattern in the book Love At First Stitch, which I've been working through for a couple of months now. The projects get harder as the book progresses so this is the most challenging one, mostly because it's lined (eek!). For the lining I used a cotton lawn, and for the outside I chose a… Continue reading ‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)


One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)

For a while I've been looking for a easy project to introduce me to the wide and scary world of commercial patterns. I thought this was a good choice; it doesn't include anything super fiddly, and isn't too fitted. In the end I actually found several ways to make it even easier. When I toiled… Continue reading One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)


‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

From the back of the book: Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds.  Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile… Continue reading ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood


Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

I know I've already reviewed this pattern (read it here), but ever since then I've been dying to make a colour-blocked one in a more drapey fabric. (As you can see, I've completely copied Tilly's idea from the book!)  This is the first time I've worked with stretchy fabric (I used a ponte di roma)… Continue reading Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)