I love the idea of a hat in hot weather. Something to shade one’s face. Something to look elegant and sophisticated beneath. The reality of a hot weather hat is that I can’t get one to stay put. The merest whisper of the most gentle of on-shore breezes and pooft, my hat is cartwheeling its… Continue reading Hot Weather Hat – Simplicity 5631 #VintagePledge16
I’m on a quest and I think dear Reader that I will need your assistance. I’m looking for a pattern for the perfect sleeveless shell. I want a pattern that uses maybe a metre or a metre and a half of fabric. A pattern that can be used with my odd-shaped leftovers, my remnants and my… Continue reading In Search of a Sleeveless Shell – Diana Variation
In remnants of red gauzy linen, cream checked cotton and a uneven oblong of flowery vintage something. The pattern I used was the ‘1930s’ Blouse’ from the book that tied-in with second series of the Great British Sewing Bee – ‘The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe’. Don’t have the book? Here is… Continue reading 1930s’ Blouse – Great British Sewing Bee
I have to admit a touch of crafter’s block of late. Dunno if it’s the weather (dull, damp and very, very grey in my part of the UK today) or the time of year (at the tricky mid-point of Semester 1). It’s not as though I have been sitting on my bottom getting ‘iPlayer eye’,… Continue reading Carry On Crafting?
Goodness me, easily one of the longest makes in my personal history. I don’t know about you guys but much of my sewing is solitary, squished as it is into school hours. To stop myself from going completely doolally Radio 4 is my non-judgmental and constant companion. Often for months after a make I can… Continue reading doolally denim
Idea for scraps of fabric Number Two: Tubular Belles (Even worse? I certainly thought so!) Necessity being the mother of invention I thought that perhaps it might be wise to have some me-made jewellery to help me through MMM12. In Southern England it has after all been the wettest April in over 100 years, my… Continue reading tubes and strips – part two
Nope, not the name of a dodgy new night club… something that I found myself doing yesterday instead of finishing any of the things in my crafty queue. Feels so naughty, like watching telly instead of revising. Anyhoo, since re-discovering my passion for sewing I’ve been pondering what I can usefully do with the piles… Continue reading tubes and strips – part one