Guilded Colette Lily

Another summer sewing project, this dress was made in a hurry but is still my favourite dress of the season.

The fabric was a serendipitous find from Walthamstow market at only a pound a meter. I have a sneaking suspicion it may have been a home dec cloth but this dress would not

Rose-tinted: Vogue 1250

Like most who fall under the spell of Vogue 1250, once is never enough!

This version: Pale rose matt lycra.

Double-knit Pencil Skirt

In a bout of familial duty, I volunteered today to go on a road trip with my parents. The objective: Empty and clean the small caravan my parents have stored in Petworth, a couple of hours south of London. To understand what a sacrifice this is, you must have watched

Sometimes, I sew…

This is a post I’ve tried to write many times but it never quite feels right. Change is a constant as we all know, but some of us take longer to settle into it than others. I needed to press pause on blogging for a while to have the space

Palette Challenge: Vogue 1025

Why, yes! I did add floral wallpaper (thanks puglypixel) to these photos to make up for the meh way I feel about this pattern.
I had high hopes for Vogue 1025 but it’s just a bit too low cut and the arm holes are a bit too low and the fit is

Palette Challenge: Saffron Vogue 1250 + FBA

Continuing on my quest for work-wear that feels like PJs, I finally jumped on the Vogue 1250 bandwagon and like a broken record I can add my cry to the masses – “what took me so long?!”.
Made from a soft golden light-weight double-knit found on Goldhawk Road, I started cutting

The Birds Swing-Top Tee

Jumping straight into the lounge-wear category of the Palette Challenge here is a super comfy tee using a bird-print jersey scored at Saeeds Fabric during Claire’s Walthamstow Meet-up.

The pattern is the Swing-Top from the kick-ass Dixie-DIY. Although this early version has been discontinued Dixie has just released her new Concert-tee pattern

Wardrobe Planning: Inspiration, Comfort + Compromise

There has been many a meaningful discussion of late around what we sew and why. Sewaholic’s take on frosting vs. cake and Colette Patterns’ practical wardrobe posts both put into words the thoughts I’d had about Wardrobe Planning the second time around.

For the fall Palette challenge I’d gotten excited and

Colette Patterns’ Palette Challenge Spring/Summer 2012

Twice yearly the lovely ladies from Colette Patterns host a seasonal palette challenge. After deciding on a colour palette, the intrepid sewist makes a wardrobe plan to be completed over an 8-12week period.

As always I planned big with last fall’s challenge and finished somewhat mediocre. You would think I’d learn