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A Phoenix Rises from the Ash Jeans

May 19 2018 3 Comments

Now, I'm sure there are more than a few sewing bloggers out there who make out that sewing life is a whole lotta rosy...the birds chirrup away outside a sun-drenched sewing room whilst the sewer in question manages to churn out an endless array of perfectly made garments.  Well, fellow sewer, I am here to tell you that that is a bare-faced lie!  Sewing is not all sunshine and roses, sometimes it gets dark.  Very, very dark.  Especially if you mistakenly make a pair of skinny jeans using a denim with the WRONG AMOUNT OF STRETCH!!!!!!  EPIC JEANS FAAAAAAAAAAIL!!!!  What...

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Keep Calm & Kalle On

Apr 12 2018 1 Comment Tags: Closet Case Patterns, Kalle Shirt Dress, Kalle Shirt Dress Review, Sewing Pattern Review

Closet Case Patterns: Kalle Shirt/Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern Review Ooh, I do love a good shirt dress. Depending on the style and fabric you choose, they are perfect for any occasion.  So far I've made a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress from a lightweight printed denim, which is just perfect for wearing day to day, and also a Deer & Doe Bluet dress from Atelier Brunette lawn, which is fab for going out for a meal or drinks.  Next up, I wanted to give the Kalle shirt dress a go after seeing all the lovely results on Instagram and...

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Sewing Pattern Review - Joni Dress (Tilly and the Buttons Stretch! Book)

Mar 14 2018 4 Comments Tags: joni dress, sewing with stretch fabric, sewingjoni, tilly and the buttons, tilly and the buttons stretch

Believe you me, I am as guilty as anyone for getting stuck in a clothing rut.  In winter I look towards leggings/black tights and jumper dresses and jeans and jumpers as my failsafe option and in summer I really push the boat out and head towards shift dresses and swap the jumpers for t-shirts.  I know, daring!!!!! :)  Does this sound familiar?  Just step back and think about it though; how ridiculous is it that we do this?!  As sewists, the world is our oyster when it comes to trying new things, but yet we instinctively head towards the same...

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The Body Shape Struggle is Real

Feb 21 2018 1 Comment

What body shape are you?  Are you an apple (larger bust and waist, smaller hips)?  Or are you a pear (smaller bust and waist, larger hips)?  Or indeed a banana (fairly equal measurements)?! Or are you lucky enough to be the "perfect" hourglass shape?  Ok, sit down, Nigella!!!  If you have a look around the interweb, you will find loads of different websites trying to label you as an inanimate object, which is all well and good, but what happens if *SHOCK HORROR* you don't completely fall into one of these categories?!  I know, unheard of, right?!! Personally, I have...

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Review: Tilly and the Buttons Mila Dungarees Sewing Pattern

Jan 24 2018 1 Comment Tags: Dungarees, Mila Dungarees, Mila Review, Sewing Pattern Review, SewingMila, tilly and the buttons

     In the words of the legend that is Britney Spears; Oops, she did it again!  That's right, Tilly's back with yet ANOTHER fab new sewing pattern - the Mila Dungarees. Personally, I was very drawn to these as the trouser shape was more skinny fit, whereas the dungarees I've come across before have been a bit too wide-legged for me which has always caused me shoe-related problems.  They're not too bad in summer as you can wear them with sandals and Converse, but I am all for the boot (in any weather, to be honest) and they just...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Bleuet Dress

Nov 13 2017 2 Comments Tags: Atelier Brunette, Bleuet Dress, Bye Bye Birdie, Deer and Doe, Sewing Pattern Review

There's a tale behind me making this dress up; I was after something that I could wear for, ahem, "socialising" in on an afternoon in Leeds city centre.  Everything in my wardrobe was too dressy and I really didn't fancy going out to buy anything, so I had a look through our patterns and thought this one would fit the bill. As I wanted it to be smart/casual and it was for Autumn, I wanted a fabric that had some flow to it, but still had a little bit of structure with it being a tailored shirt dress, and wasn't...

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