I've got to be honest, I was a bit dubious when this indigo shibori stretch cotton turned up in my SewHayleyJane subscription box. Normally new fabric and I have a moment of communing with each other and I get an idea of what it might eventually become, but this just wasn't singing at all, not … Continue reading Frolicking in the Fens
Those of who you've read my previous two blogs will know that I've basically been procrastinating massively over finishing my #sewtogetherforsummer Sewoverit vintage shirt dress, justifying my stalling by sewing anything even vaguely shirt like instead and claiming that was the plan all along. But then life threw me a hard deadline in the form … Continue reading Shirts v Shirtdresses – Round 3: The Actual Dress!
So as I was saying in my previous post, there I was all signed up for #sewtogetherforsummer. Got my pattern, got my fabric, got my sewjo all juiced up after my Rosa success with nothing to stop me. I cut out my pieces, sewed up the basic dress, checked the fit and... nothing. It was … Continue reading Shirts v Shirtdresses – Round 2: Bruyere
After a bit of a blogging hiatus whilst I sorted out the photography department (sacked* the husband and got a remote control) I'm back with a series of three! I say "series" because the common theme is that they're all shirts of sorts, but which will be my favourite? Read on for contestant number one... … Continue reading Shirts v Shirtdresses – Round 1: Rosa
So... every so often you see a pattern you just fall in love at first sight with. And then, like any good girl with a crush, you Google stalk it relentlessly. The tiramisu was the greatest thing to flit across my screen since Kevin Costner in Prince of Thieves first stirred 16 year old me's … Continue reading Hunting The Tiramisu
One of the attractions on Jersey that we're enormously privileged to be home to is Durrell, the wildlife preservation park set up by Gerald Durrell for endangered species. I support their work by taking out an annual membership and love getting up there as often as I can. My favourite animals are the gorillas and … Continue reading The Francoise Meets Henry Cavill and Other Animals
After making 2 Doris dresses and an Arielle skirt for work I was almost sewed out with sensible makes and needed a quick fix of some funky fabric to get my love for sewing back. Enter the Aladdins cave that is Rachel's Textile Studio and this little haul! The fabric is a medium weight Gutermann cotton that … Continue reading Camping Pyjamas! Kwik Sew 3882
Lashings of cake, a dress and a murder! In May I had my *eek* 40th birthday. We'll move swiftly over how I dealt with the emotional side of that experience (a later post will deal with the resulting physical and sewing challenge) and today I'm going to tell you about the huge party. 🍾🎉 As … Continue reading The Great British Bump Off