A pink Anna

Have you ever felt a bit smug as a sewer? Like when you’ve finished a project and you’re just SO chuffed about the fit, the fabric and you can’t wait to show it off?

Well, I am pretty darn smug today. This dress is without a doubt the nicest thing I’ve ever made for myself. This is largely thanks to the fabric which I absolutely adore. And the Anna dress was perfect for it. IMG_0364Altering bodices is definitely not my favourite thing (I always have to do a pretty significant SBA), so after 3 semi ok muslins I just went ahead and made the dress anyway. And after some additional changes as I was sewing that were definitely not ‘by the book’, the fit just clicked. Even the insides look pretty with french seams everywhere except for the zipper/centre seam in the back.  Continue reading

#theRefashioners a.k.a sustainainable sewing fest!

refashion1 (1)Have you heard of the Refashioners? Organised by sewing mastermind Portia over at makery.uk, it’s a month long sustainable upcycling marathon and challenge hosted on her blog. She invites a number bloggers to take part, and gives them the challenge to make something new out of an old piece of clothing. This year that piece of clothing is a men’s shirt.

I was one of the lucky few to be invited and without blinking I agreed to to take part. For me, this was a golden opportunity to: Continue reading

Upcycling: Into the woods

Recently I wrote about how my mum saved my (clothes lacking) ass by gifting me some old clothes she could no longer wear. Well, I have finally managed to do some upcycling work on one of the two dresses she gave me.

In my head, this photo session with my reluctant photographer/boyfriend was supposed to be more a ‘hey look at me and my multicoloured dress, it goes very well with these trees, doesn’t it?”. Instead it became a lot more ‘hey, I live in the woods in a small house and the animals and trees are my only friends’. My sincere apologies for that.

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Alder by the sea

I’m always raving about how much I love Indie patterns, and here I go again. My friend remarked the other day how I always make really ‘modern and cool’ pieces (thank you very much!). I think this is all thanks to almost exclusively making clothes using patterns designed by smaller independent designers, who design really current, but also timeless pieces.

The Alder dress is no exception.

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