Sew Your Own Activewear

It’s my turn on the Sew Your Own Activewear blog tour and I’m super excited to share my thoughts on the new book from the ever-amazing Melissa Fehr of Fehr Trade sewing patterns and blog. You might remember that I made her brilliant XYT workout top in week 6 of The Great British Sewing Bee.…

Pattern Review: The Kielo Wrap Dress

I’ve been itching to make a Kielo wrap dress ever since I found out that Named Clothing had a free long sleeve add-on. The original is a beauty but ever since I started sewing clothes for myself, I shy away from sleeveless patterns. I know, I can always wear something underneath or on top to…

The little velvet dress

Velvet is everywhere- trousers, tops dresses. The high street is absolutely full of shiny slinky and soft velvet. But as ‘on trend’ as it is, I couldn’t really see myself wearing it…until I was randomly scrolling through Instagram (as you do) and I came across a velvet swing dress. Now, you know I’m not one…

GBSB Live Giveaway!

Who else has a Great British Sewing Bee shaped hole in their lives? Well don’t you fret- this year sees the launch of the VERY FIRST The Great British Sewing Bee show at the Excel in London in September. I’m super excited to be reunited with my lovely Great British Sewing Bee buddies, as well as…

Pattern Review: Jedediah Pants

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but somehow I ended up agreeing to make Taufiq some trousers for our trip to Bangladesh. Do you find that happens to you? You feel foggy on the details, can’t quite remembering if you offered to make something or got asked to… It might have been when I…

A little giveaway!

As you may know from following me on my social media-I just got back from a lovely trip to Bangladesh. Even though we had gone for a wedding, I still squeezed in some fabric shopping (one thing I try to do wherever I go in the world!) So as a small thank you for the big…

Pattern Review: The Cleo Dress

I know, I know. How many Cleo dresses have you seen now? This Tilly and the Buttons pattern has been a hit in the Sewing world since it’s release (I even heard it caused a European shortage of dungaree clips!) I’ve watched on from the sidelines as Instagram filled with everyone’s amazing creations and held…

Make it, Own it, Love it

I don’t know about you, but I love seeing what Sewing Bee Alumni are up to: from giving talks to crowds of people, writing magazine columns, holding run way shows- these guys are pretty darn inspirational. So I was super excited to see that the lovely Matt Chapple (winner of series 3 of The Great British…

A little stretch and sew

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before… but I really hated sewing with stretch material! Thankfully I’ve slowly gotten over that fear…and maybe stepping into the realm of mutual like…maybe even love. Part of this fear was put into me by The Sewing Bee (funny how using an overlocker for the first time under timed…