Yes, I Am Still Living…

Photo by Alexandre Godreau on Unsplash


Well, hello! You might be forgiven for thinking I (and this blog) no longer existed due to my prolonged absence. I have been crafting various projects behind the scenes but, for one reason or another, I haven’t blogged about them. It kind of started following the wedding I attended in March, at which I wore a handmade dress. I didn’t get any photos of it on the day and so I kept thinking I must get dressed up again and take some snaps so I could share it. This was during the cold snap (it snowed on the wedding day) so I didn’t get around to it and then I just forgot!

We then remodelled our bathroom (Well, Karl did the actual remodelling – I cleaned up constantly and provided moral support), which resulted in the whole house being covered in dirt and dust and wasn’t particularly conducive to creativity.

Follow this by the hot weather we’ve had this summer and I didn’t have any energy for anything, much less sitting in my hot sewing room or standing in front of the stove. Luckily, the weather is back to good old British unpredictability and so the sewing machine has been unleashed once more!

I will take some photos of the March Wedding Guest Dress soon and blog them! I’m also going to a wedding on Thursday so I will blog the August Wedding Guest Dress too. (They’ll be an April Wedding Guest Dress next year thanks to another friend getting married!)

I’m currently working on a jumpsuit so watch this space for that, and I can now share the Save the Date cards I made for my wedding next year as they have been posted out. 🙂

Yes, I AM BACK! 😀



What’s Cookin’ in the House?


Clearly far too chilled out and tidy to be a photo of me actually cooking… Not to mention the very masculine hands 😉 (Photo by Max Delsid on Unsplash)

As you may well know, I’m no cook. Baking, yes, fire away – I enjoy the creative process (and the eating part isn’t half bad either!). Cooking though is not my cup of tea and it tends to cause me a lot of stress. Karl and I liking and eating quite different foods to one another also causes additional stress, and, as a veggie, I’m limited as to what I will do with meat if I’m cooking – those ‘season and shake’ bags are a bit of a god-send. Continue reading “What’s Cookin’ in the House?”

I need this pattern and fabric – any suggestions?

Hello lovely people,

I’ve fallen in love with this dress:

Whilst I could just splash out the £67 and buy it RTW, this looks like such a delicious project and buying RTW for attending a wedding is kind of against my plans.

So, clever peeps, any ideas about similar dress patterns available to purchase? And, more importantly, what kind of fabric do you reckon this is? I looked at the description on the website but it didn’t say.

I love the navy and the bold floral print so something akin to this would be ideal but I would consider fabric in a different base colour if necessary.

So, any suggestions? Go!

Slapdash Sewing Sins

There are many things I appreciate about the online sewing community but the top most reason they rock is because there’s no snobbery. My other ‘worlds’ have been horses and amateur drama, both zones that seem to attract the worst of the worse in terms of one-up-manship and Keeping Up With The Jones’. There are some perfectly good eggs too but the overlying attitude is one of rigid adherence to hierarchy and self-promotion.

However, I never get this vibe from sewists. Which is why I feel perfectly happy to share with you some of my ‘sewing sins’, many of which I know are not unique to me! Continue reading “Slapdash Sewing Sins”