Sewing


Frida Dress – Two Stitches 1

Just a quick little one today. In fact a my littlest one. I saw the Frida Dress pattern sitting by the till when I was buying something else at Guthrie and Ghani and on a whim I whisked it up and plonked it down on the counter. I’m not really an impulse buyer when it comes to patterns but something about it’s neat packaging and probably the fact that it ranges from 6 months to 12 years called to me. That was in the summer and finally in going through my stash over the past few weeks I realised I had a scrap of this material left over that would work perfectly. I had to really squeeze this out of a tiny amount of fabric and in the end I took about 3/4inch off the bottom of the pattern to fit everything on! Once cut out it took no time at […]


Papercut Saiph Tunic x 2

You get two for the price of one today! My two rather different Saiph Tunics from Papercut Patterns. Despite my best intentions it’s rare that I use a pattern more than once. I think it’s because I’m still learning about what suits my body shape as well as my style and of course being side tracked every time I see a new pattern release….! I tend to prioritise the ‘new’ rather than working on fit and finding that tried-and-tested, works-every-time pattern. I am hoping with this one that I will keep tweaking as I find the relaxed style very ‘me’ and I can see it as something I could adapt to wear in any season. I fell for this pattern when I saw Helena’s version over on Gray all Day made in a beautiful double gauze (I also fell for her moto jacket and may have treated myself that pattern […]


Berlin Coat – Straight Grain

It turns out I really like coat making! This is my second so far this year and I’m already planning more for me and the rest of my family. I enjoy the challenge of learning something new and so when my daughter lost her second coat at school(!!) with winter months fast approaching, I decided I would sew her one rather than hit the shops. In hindsight this may have been a little ambitious given it was already October. Cue the Berlin coat blog tour with numerous beautiful versions shared from across the globe and it wasn’t long until I caved and bought the pattern. Pattern and design details There are lots of features I love about this coat, like the big hood, pleat and tab at the back, which all help to make it a bit different. Another plus for me was that it included adding batting to the lining for a little […]


Grainline love and a Hemlock Tee

Long time no blog! I can’t believe that the last time I posted was back in August… feels like an age ago. A lot has happened in the past 6 weeks including starting back at work in a new job. After 4 years of being at home with the kiddos this has been a big shift for the whole family. I have rather jealously guarded sewing as essential down time – but blogging has really taken a back seat as we all get used to the new routine of life! Hopefully I should be back a bit more now with A LOT to fill you guys in on. Namely a wedding outfit I made in the summer, fabric picks and sewing plans following SewBrum, a finished knit for my husband, a winter coat for my daughter and a bit of a Grainline love affair – which starts us off today. I […]