All the Small Things

As someone with two small people in my life I realised I had made an embarrassingly low number of small garments. Until now! I’ve started making things for all the little ones in my life, and it feels great. I’m going to try to cut out the normal waffle and give a quick overview of the items I’ve made…

Ikatee Marcel t-shirt

With a size range from age 3 to 12 years and six design variations, this is a pattern you’ll use again and again. I made an age 3 and it fits my (rather large) 18 month old, so I’d advise to err on the side of caution and size up rather than down. The neckband also seems to come up quite small, it’s a proper squeeze to get Max’s head out of it so for future versions I’ll go larger there! Continue reading “All the Small Things”

The Great Big Pattern Swap – it’s back!

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Great Big Pattern Swap, Emma (@thezipperfoot) and I are very excited to be running it again this year! We have some amazing prizes lined up and a new hashtag, so read on for all the details of how to join in…

How does it work?

Have a rummage through your pattern collection, and if there are any that you know you won’t use (that are uncut and in good condition), take a photo and share it on Instagram with a bit of a description and tag it #patternswap19 Continue reading “The Great Big Pattern Swap – it’s back!”

On becoming the daddy of princess seams

The Vogue V9075 has been doing the rounds for a while now and for good reason. It’s a ‘Very Easy’ pattern, the trickiest parts being the princess seams and the invisible zip. If you want to master princess seams, this is the garment for you. The front and back have these lovely flattering seams, then you get to do it all over again for the lining, so by the time you’re finished you’ll have done no fewer than 8. Bosh. Continue reading “On becoming the daddy of princess seams”

What do you get if you cross a Kielo and a Gable?

Peanut butter and jam. Joe Pesci and slapstick. Cocktails and umbrellas. And now, the Kielo and Gable. Sometimes, two things that work so well separately can join together to double up the awesome and create something unique and brilliant.

Last summer I made my first Kielo wrap dress from Named Clothing and it was a game changer. It’s comfy and feminine but still a bit edgy, so I basically lived in the few I made (alongside the Nina Lee Kew dress) all summer. I also discovered my favourite jersey top, the Gable from Jennifer Lauren Handmade, an everyday basic with a lovely 50s style high neckline.

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Haute Stuff: Translating the trends for 2019

Happy 2019, everyone! The new year brings with it promise and excitement for the months ahead; it’s the perfect time to plan sewing projects and it’s been brilliant seeing so many seamstresses sharing their Make Nine for this year (see here why I’m hesitant to go down that road!). I love looking to high fashion for inspiration, so this is the first post in a series titled ‘Haute Stuff’ where I’ll share inspiration, hacks, reviews and ideas for translating haute couture for everyday life.

So what are the predicted trends for 2019?

Animal house

Animal print had been creeping up on us for a couple of years but it came full pelt (sorry, I had to) in 2018 and it’s hanging around for 2019. Leopard print in particular appears to be the one to go for, this time with an air of elegance and femininity. This viscose crepe from Fabric Godmother would work a beaut with the Dominique skirt from Tilly and the Buttons for your own take on this Burberry gorgeousness …

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