• Pattern Reviews

    The Hayley Robe by Tammy Handmade – a sewing pattern review…

    A new dressing gown, or robe whatever you’d rather call it, has been something that’s been on my ‘to sew’ list for quite some time so when Makerist kindly invited me to collaborate with them again on their most recent $2 sale campaign I of course said yes and after a scout through all of the wonderful patterns on their site, soon settled on the Hayley Robe by Tammy Handmade. I loved the look of this pattern because it didn’t look too oversized as some robe patterns can be. I also loved that there were two length options given and of course you have the option to make it in…

  • Tips and Tricks

    How to choose the right fabric for your sewing pattern | My top five tips…

    This is something I’ve been asked about quite a lot recently on Instagram and over on YouTube so I thought I’d write a short blog and make a quick YouTube video explaining how I personally go about selecting my pattern and fabric matches. I hope you might find something helpful in it 🙂 Tip No. 1 – Use the Pattern Envelope… It might be an obvious one but those fabric suggestions are included on the back of your pattern envelope for a good reason and that is that the pattern designer or company think these will work best for the type of garment the pattern is designed to make. That’s…

  • You Tube

    VLOG | What I’ve been sewing and knitting in July and August 2021…

    Hi everyone! Join me as I chat through everything I’ve been sewing and knitting during July and August. In this video I talk about three midi dress hacks I made using the Tilly and the Buttons Indigo and Lyra patterns and the Myosotis Dress pattern, a Jarrah Sweater, some t shirts and a couple of cute makes for my daughter… It’s a bit of a bumper, double month edition so you might want to get yourself a cup of tea 🙂 Thank you for watching! Sally xx

  • Pattern Reviews

    Sewing my first Lyra Dress by Tilly and the Buttons – A Sewing Pattern Review…

    The minute Tilly and the Buttons brought out the Lyra Shirt Dress pattern, I knew it was right up my street and I had to have a go at it. I bought the pattern immediately and then, despite my initial enthusiasm, it sat in my stash for a little while while I admired all of the other lovely versions I saw people making up online. The pattern is described as a ‘romantic shirt dress’ which I think is a great description for it since it has the more formal style ‘proper’ shirt bodice and then the floaty romantic style ‘buffet style’ tiered gathered skirt at the bottom. If you’re looking…

  • Pattern Reviews

    Making my first (two) pairs of Carolyn Pyjamas – a pattern review…

    I have had my eye on the Carolyn Pyjama pattern by Closet Core Patterns for so very long, I’ve been stalking the hashtag on Instagram and ogling over all of the lovely pairs I’ve seen made up online. So enamoured was I with this pattern that it actually made it onto my ‘Make Nine’ for 2021 – if you’re not familiar with the Make Nine challenge it’s an Instagram based challenge whereby makers set themselves a challenge of nine new things they would like to make during the year. I’ve added a picture of my grid of nine hopeful makes below incase you’re interested, you can also watch my YouTube…

  • You Tube

    Fabric haul | Sewing and knitting plans and a catch up…

    Hi everyone – welcome to another fabric haul and sewing plans blog and vlog. This blog accompanies my YouTube ‘fabric haul’ video and includes links to everything I talk about within the video. You can watch this video by clicking below. In the video I’m wearing an Ogden Cami by True Bias – you can find this pattern here. I used a cream crepe fabric and I’ve linked similar here. My Sewing Plans I was gifted this beautiful Art Gallery cotton fabric from Minerva for my next Brand Ambassador project for them. You can find this fabric here. I’m planning to make a short sleeved Darling Ranges Dress by Megan…

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    How to hack patterns, sharing my hints and tips…

    Hi everyone – this blog accompanies my YouTube video on pattern hacking tips. You can watch the video by clicking below, all of the patterns I talk about have been linked below (where possible) simply click on the pattern link and it’ll take you straight there. Tip No. 1 – Take inspiration from the high street, designer wear, Pinterest etc. I love to take inspiration from all around me and keep a Pinterest board of clothes and outfits I’ve seen that I like to use as inspiration for making new garments. I used a combination of the Megan Nielson Sudley Dress and Fibre Mood Mira Dress patterns to make the…

  • You Tube

    VLOG – How to – Sew a little girls jersey dress

    Today I’m sewing a jersey dress for my daughter using a T shirt pattern I already have and adding a gathered skirt. I talk about how I plan to resize the pattern pieces to adapt them to make a dress, fitting the jersey neckband and how to measure the skirt depending on how much gather you like. Thank you so much for watching. If you have any questions about the making process do let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel I’d love you to consider subscribing for more sewing and making content. My normal upload day is a Saturday morning. Lots of…