Sewing Chair: Before + After

One of the perks of living in a complex of four apartment buildings is the un-official furniture exchange that operates in the courtyard. As tenants filter in and out, perfectly good pieces are left to be taken by whomever would like – it’s effective I would say only a third

FO: Simple Sewaholic Saltspring


Back again with a post I procrastinated over for a few months. Not that there’s anything wrong with this dress – it’s just I’m still struggling to find somewhere to take photos in my flat. The light of an English winter being what it is I’ve pushed the exposure on

Colette Hawthorn: A Modern Sampler

i forgot to mention in my last post a new machine had joined the family and at the time of purchase I went a bit foot crazy and added some useful (according to le internet anyway) ones to my stash. Then followed much procrastination about actually using them, until a

Salt-Fall Dress: Adding Sleeves to the Sewaholic Saltspring Dress Pattern

This is pretty much the dress I want to wear all of the time, these days. It’s stretchy, comfortable and can be dressed up or down easily… and it has pockets.


The Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew + Sewaholic Saltspring
Contrary to what actually makes it to the blog, I have been sewing in the few

BHL Anna in Jersey

Hulloh! I finally had a wee rest from work and managed to break my sewing dry spell in a most luxurious way – a stretchy, flowy Anna dress from By Hand London.

The Pattern: By Hand London Anna Dress

Size + Alterations: I know that the woven version is going to need some

Four Handmade Weeks


Me Made May 2013: The low key approach

This year for simplicity I pledged to wear at least 1 hand made item each day and I documented via instagram. It was a fun month although my motivation and inspiration started to drag towards the end. I think it reflects what I

Technical Glitches

Word to the wise… iphones are good for a great many things but fixing blog issues on the fly at work isn’t one.

Apologies to anyone who couldn’t access the blog yesterday or recieved multiple notifications, it should be fixed now and if you missed the post on Tilly’s Mathilde Blouse

Tilly’s Mathilde Blouse

The Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde Blouse
Size + Alterations: I cut a size 6* and cheated my way out of the usual full bust adjustment by converting the pintucks into gathers and dropping the centre front 2 inches.
In a wonderful coincidence Tilly just posted a super clear tutorial on how

Mission Maxi

Bring on the Sun!
The Pattern: Jamie Christina Mission Maxi, view A
Size + Alterations: I cut a size 16 (chosen by my high bust measurement) then made a that’ll-do style of FBA, i.e. I fudged it from a few different tutorials on the interwebs. I didn’t want a side seam bust dart

Gap-tastic Cowl + Holiday Recap

Disclaimer: I feel the need to warn you guys, this might get a little rambly and dis-jointed courtesy of the jet lag currently kicking my arse.

Now with that out of the way, let me show you my second ever* wearable knitting project – the free Gaptastic Cowl pattern from Jen