Biscayne blouse with sleeves

The biscayne blouse really has become my favuorite pattern - I have five of them now. But I knew that I'd need to add some sleeves  to turn in into a year round type of pattern. But I wasn't sure exactly what type of sleeve. I knew what I didn't want - nothing too big... Continue Reading →

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A cosy new shirt

A few weeks ago I made several muslin of Burda 7136 in my first proper attempt at a full bust adjustment. After four attempts I got what I thought was just the right fit: grading between size 10 for the shoulders down to 12 for the waist - plus 1.5" FBA. And so last weekend... Continue Reading →

Pajamas sewn with love

Someone close and special to me is spending a lot of time in the hospital at the moment. Seeing as she's stuck in her pajamas for the whole time, I figured it was important that she had some fashionable and comfortable pajamas. Plus its as close to a hug as it possible when we're in... Continue Reading →

Muslin of burda 7136 – FBA

Seeing as the fabric for my next, and very special, project hadn't arrived in time for the weekend, I decided to work on a full bust adjustment. I made a short sleeve version of Burda 7136 (size 14) a few months ago, in a really fun print. While I love it, the fit wasn't perfect... Continue Reading →

My newest pair of Ginger Jeans

If you read my post a few weeks ago about selecting the right denim for ginger jeans, you'll know that I've been agonizing over the right amount of stretch and size for quite a while. In the end, the denim I chose has about 12% stretch  and I made a size 10. Now that they... Continue Reading →

Great British Sewing Bee – Live!

Yesterday I went to the Great British Sewing Bee Live and it was so inspirational. My mind is bustling with ideas, plans, things I want to learn and of course the new (better fitting) wardrobe I will have at the end! To start with in the morning I went to a workshop with Jane on... Continue Reading →

Choosing the right denim for my ginger jeans

I made myself three pairs of Ginger Jeans which fit perfectly (vs 1, 2&3), but my fourth pair were ridiculously too small; which left me puzzled. Aside from the obvious possibility that I'd gone up a size (which as far as I was aware I hadn't), it had the same amount of elastine as previous... Continue Reading →

Lakeside Pajamas

These pajamas have been a long time in the making.  See over a year ago Lladybird had a give away on her blog - £100 voucher to contrado, where you can get fabric printed with your own design, and I won! So exciting right? But what to get printed? I hummed and hawed for about a... Continue Reading →

Straddling summer & autumn

On Tuesday this week the air changed. After an amazing bank holiday weekend of sunshine, summer retreated and autumn to set in, but its still warm. We seem to be straddling summer and autumn right now and I think my newest Biscayne blouse is perfect for the season. I bought this fabric a few weeks... Continue Reading →

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