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    My thoughts on slow fashion and trying to shop more sustainably…

    I LOVE clothes and I love fashion. You probably wouldn’t know this if you saw me on the school run these days. but I do.  In my younger, more carefree days I would spend a large proportion of my wages on clothes every month often only wearing something once, it was almost like a hobby, clothes were my interest and I wanted something new pretty much every weekend.  I’m almost ashamed to admit that now but maybe there wasn’t actually anything wrong with that at the time, it’s where I get my love of sewing from after all.  I also liked to study the clothes and see how they were…

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    February Fabric Haul & Sewing Plans

    In this video I talk through my fabric haul for February and what I’m planning to make with it all. I also have some beautiful fabrics that I picked up in the January sales to show off. I would love you to consider subscribing to my channel and to hit the notification bell so that you don’t miss any of my future videos – I’m hoping to make them more regularly this year.

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    Sew Over It Ava Skirt Pattern and Fabric Review with The Fabric Guys

    THE PATTERN I have wanted to make a Sew Over It Ava Skirt for ages and when I saw this super pretty needlecord on the Fabric Guys website I knew it would be perfect for this pattern.  I have a similar ready to wear skirt in corduroy and it’s just perfect for the autumn and winter months. I chose to make the mini version of this skirt without the pockets.  Leaving out pockets was not a decision I took lightly because we all love a pocket don’t we but I didn’t want the inseam pockets to interfere with the silhouette of the skirt in this fabric. I made a size…

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    2019 Sewing Review and plans for 2020

    At the end of December I made myself a list of everything I’d made in 2019 – I had made 40 garments.  I couldn’t believe it, if you’d asked me to guess how many things I’d made I never would have guessed that many.  This was a great little exercise to do though because it made me realise how far I’d come with my sewing, how many new techniques I’ve tried and conquered (even if through trial and error) and I’ve learned to be braver and better at sewing with a variety of different fabrics. Most of all I’m so pleased that I’m no longer scared of jersey!  I can’t…

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    How to Sew a Lined Christmas Stocking with a Cute Pom Pom Trim

    You will need: Wide paper of any sort to draw out your pattern – you can use wrapping paper, newspaper, greaseproof paper or anything else you have lying around. Main fabric for the outside of your stocking, I’ve used this beautiful gold glitter star print cotton from Minerva which is available to purchase here. Fabric for your lining, you can use anything you have available, I’ve used an inexpensive plain white polycotton but you could make it fancy! Scraps of fabric for the cuff of your stocking. The amount of fabric you require for these parts will depend on how large you would like to make your stocking. Pom pom…

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    YouTube Pattern Review: Glasshouse Patterns Nemesia Dress

    I was lucky enough to be on the panel of testers for this pattern. It’s a jersey dress, super comfy and versatile, perfect for the autumn/winter months. Watch my full review in my YouTube video below, there are also more photos on my Instagram page. Don’t forget to leave a like and subscribe to my channel to see more videos like this, I’m hoping to start uploading sewing videos regularly. Thank you so much for reading and watching! Sally xxx

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    Minerva Blogger Network – Tilly & the Buttons Indigo Ruffle Hack

    I don’t think I could love a pattern more than the Indigo at the moment! That’s not to say I was sold straight away though, when I initially saw the pattern release I thought it was lovely but I didn’t think the smock style would suit me as I’m quite petite. However, after stalking the hashtag on Instagram and seeing all of the other lovely versions out there I decided to go for it and make my own and I’m so glad I did. My first version I made without the flounce sleeves or the pockets in a beautiful mustard peachskin from Material Girl Laura. You can view this version…

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    The Avid Seamstress – The Blouse. A Tutorial in Collaboration with The Fabric Guys

    This pattern has got to be one of my favourite patterns ever and it was a pleasure to make this one in this beautiful floral rayon from The Fabric Guys! I have always wanted a handmade blouse in my wardrobe but been put off by the collar stands and difficult cuffs that come with the making. In my opinion this pattern is the perfect introduction to shirt making, the instructions are clear and easy to follow and there are lots of little hints and tips along the way to help you out. I’ve made two versions now – for my first I loved the pattern image so much I used…