Slow TV

The ‘Slow Movement’, as it’s called, seemed to emerge (or at least, I started reading about it) last year but it’s essentially just mindfulness in everyday living rather than rushing about and never taking anything in. Basically, we hand crafters have been doing it for far longer than these trendy women’s magazine writers would like to think! 😉 Continue reading “Slow TV”

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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”

Wedding Invites

No, not for my wedding. Not yet, anyway.

I’ve been invited to two weddings this year so I’m looking forward to making some party dresses! I think I will revisit the silhouette I passed over in favour of a floor length gown for the wedding I attended last summer, and so either Butterick 6129 or Butterick 5748 are on my list for one of the weddings. Continue reading “Wedding Invites”

Assistance with Fabric Finding Please!

Hi guys,

I’m in need of some very soft, drapey tulle fabric but every online retailer I’ve bought samples from so far has sent me much crisper, scratchy net instead. It’s for a long skirt with a romantic feel.

Does anyone know of a good retailer I can contact? Ideally one who has a choice of colours but I would consider dying some if I can only find white/off-white.

Thank you!