A Nina Lee Kew skirt hack…

Sometimes you find a pattern and it just works and you can make it again and again and it’s wonderful. Nina Lee’s Kew dress and skirt is up there as one of my most made patterns (although the Kielo is a worthy contender for top place), and it turns out it’s the perfect ‘base pattern’ to work from and hack. I’ve shared photos on my Instagram account of my gathered skirt hack and had a few messages asking how I did it, so here’s a step-by-step to create your own!

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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!

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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.

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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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Stitched with a Twist

I was so excited to be asked to be an ambassador for a new sewing challenge – Stitched with a Twist, created by Chantelle (@i_seam_so_happy) and Lou (@oh_liverpool_lou). It’s a fantastic idea getting us to unleash our creativity by sewing something and putting our own twist on it; it can be adding embroidery or embellishments, franken-patterning by mixing and matching different patterns, hacking designs…anything goes really! Continue reading “Stitched with a Twist”