When I was at school, I used to be pretty good at drawing and painting. I did it for GCSE, then A level. But at my traditional grammar school, art was seen as a soft subject, had zero funding and I was certainly made to feel that my talents were no where near as worthy … Continue reading I used to paint
I couldn't believe it when I saw it was May since my last blog. After two years of obsessively sewing, I stopped. I had read of this happening to other people, but now it's my turn. The spark has completely gone out. I made Hazel a birthday dress on auto-pilot. I have had a good … Continue reading Nothing to Report
As promised, I thought I would write a second blog for Mental Health Awareness Week on how sewing helps keep me sane. I think sewing really took over just as one of my other obsessions came to an end - horses! I had a gap in my "me-time" that needed filling and sewing seemed to fit … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – Part 2: Seven Ways Sewing can help your Mental Well Being (and 4 ways it doesn’t!)
In real life, I find it difficult to hold my tongue. I was elsewhere when "tact" was being issued. In internet land, I try to keep things positive; shine a good light on things. But seriously? This dress was an absolute load of balls. It is the Bridgetown backless dress by Sewhouse7. I made it … Continue reading I’ve just escaped from an institution and I’m on my way to a toga party – How do I look? #sewmystyle
Hazel's World Book Day outfit happened on a whim. I hadn't planned to make her an outfit at all, but I found myself twiddling my thumbs on the weekend and the idea popped into my head. Her favourite book is "Click Clack Moo" by Doreen Cronin. I've had it for years as I have a … Continue reading Cow Print A-line dress – My Moovalous World Book Day Make
It's mid February and my health kick hasn't gone to plan. Since eating more healthily and moving more, I've put on 8lbs. Sadly, no, that's not muscle. But I haven't given up. I won't go on about my plans here, but my Instagram feed is a bizarre mix of fabrics, dresses and women posing with … Continue reading Dream Wardrobe Adventure; Maritime Knit Top
I made it to the end of a term of the first sewing club! Bless them, they are delighted with their drawstring bags and felt-book-pin cushions. We were sewing right to the end to get them finished, but I’m glad they get to take home two projects before Christmas. I saw so many magic … Continue reading First rule of sewing club…
Since the clocks went back I’ve been fighting a spate of winter bugs. So even if I’ve had the time to sew, I’ve been opting for my bed. I’m slowly working on H’s Christmas dress, as we’re on a deadline with that one. But everything else can wait until I feel like I can … Continue reading Sewing. Past, present and future.
My first dress using the brilliant Building Block Dress book by Liesel Gibson.
I was in a real sewing slump after my disaster with the shift dress. This little beauty saved me! When I saw the Heather pattern from Sew Over It, I knew I would love it. My signature style at the moment is long comfy tunics over a pair of leggings and I find sewing with … Continue reading Heather by Sew Over It in Prison Stripes