• Pattern reviews,  Sewing

    Simplicity Hack-Along X Eve Appeal

    As you may know I’ve taken a bit of an unintentional break from sewing for myself since the purple lace dress I made for my brother-in-laws wedding. It’s almost a full three months since I stitched something other than baby leggings for the little un. I’m not sure why, but the idea of sewing just seemed exhausting to me and I needed a push to get my sewjo back. What better reason to get out of my sewing rut than sewing for a cause like Eve appeal? It’s my turn on the Simplicity X Eve Appeal hack-along blog tour and I’m sharing my make! But firstly- what is the Simplicity Hack-along? Simplicity have created a collection of nine different patterns which are made for hacking- the instructions actually walk you through how to make simple hacks, and to make it better the pattern pieces are there for you, ready to go for more complicated changes. And thoughtfully theres an extra bit of gridded pattern paper for you to make your hacks with! During the Hack-along, Simplicity will be donating to the Eve appeal for every hack-along pattern sold. And on top of that, by sharing your makes using the hashtags…

  • Cricut Creations

    The Cricut EasyPress 2- A review

    This is the second part to my Cricut reviews. As mentioned before in my Cricut Maker review I was planning to buy a Maker machine for myself but ended up partnering up with Cricut as an influencer- a dream come true! I’m a complete and utter Cricut newbie so it’s been a really exciting and steep learning curve. For one thing, I knew that cutting heat transfer vinyl was a *big* selling point of the Cricut cutting machines- I can’t be the only one obsessed with all the personalised Tees and baby grows right? But if I’m honest, I didn’t really know what the process of making it was. So for those of you who are completely new to this as well, here’s a low down from what I’ve figured out so far (though please remember I’m a beginner! Always check in the instructions yourself): Heat Transfer Vinyl Also known as HTV by all the cool kids*. It’s a type of vinyl which will fuse to the surface when its applied with heat. This makes it different from sticky/adhesive vinyls which are a bit like sticky-backed plastic, and different from removable vinyls (neither need heat, and just stick on). Although it’s…

  • Cricut Creations

    The Cricut Maker- A newbie’s review

    You might remember at the beginning of the year I asked around on my Instagram about the Cricut machines and whether people thought they were worth the hype, because let’s be honest, there’s a *lot* of hype around these machines. On the whole it got great feedback and I put it on my wish list. Here’s something you need to know about me, I’m quite a calculated shopper. On the whole I don’t do impulse buys, and instead brew on something for a few weeks/months deciding whether something is ‘worth’ it (often to my detriment when it comes to fabric because it’s always sold out by the time I ‘give in’!) But Joy (@pinkcoatclub) also pointed me towards their ‘influencer’ programme and I thought, hey why not give that a go? So I put in an application and thought nothing of it. Months went by and I hadn’t heard anything, so I made a plan to just buy one when they went on offer knowing we’d put it to good use during my brother-in-laws wedding. But suddenly out of the blue I got an email from them inviting me to join the Cricut family. I’m not gonna lie, I Whatsapp-ed…

  • Sewing

    Refashioning: Maxi skirt to cardigan

    This might sound like a familiar story to you: I’ve had this skirt since 2013, bought whilst away on holiday in Istanbul. I wore it loads, on and off over the years but for the last little while it’s been firmly sat in my wardrobe without being worn. Something about the proportions/shirred waistband just didn’t work for me anymore but I just couldn’t get myself to part with it. Not even when I semi-Marie Kondo’d my wardrobe post-partum. And trust me, I was brutal.  But something about this skirt made me hold on to it. Maybe because of the memories it contained…we had whizzed off to Istanbul the night of our graduation from medical school and it was the last holiday before we started working as fully fledged doctors (a simpler time perhaps?) But I also loved the fabric- a lovely rich red colour with a diamond lace pattern. But until I could bring myself to either wear it or cut it up it was just sitting there, gathering dust. So after years I’ve finally got the courage to repurpose it and I’d thought I’d share my 5 top tips on repurposing clothes: 1.Have a plan You might already know…

  • Pattern reviews,  Sewing

    Pattern Review: Ness Skirt

    This outfit gives me so much joy. Why? It’s just a throw on jumper and skirt right? Pretty, but kinda unremarkable? …Apart from the fact that I made it out of fabric remnants in my stash! YAS. Stash busting win! One of the problems with needing to dress modestly is that I rarely have use for fabric lengths less than 2m so I have a tonne of 1m (or less) lengths from makes which overestimated the fabric requirements. So to be able to find a pattern (or patterns) that can be used to stash bust is pretty darn amazing! I was gifted the Ness skirt pattern alongside the Nora top when Tilly and the Buttons released their Autumn collection. We all know how much I love the Nora pattern (I’ve made four already!) but I wasn’t sure about the Ness skirt. It comes in a mini and knee length which isn’t really what I wear. But then again the straight skirt style of the Cleo dungaree dress has really been a hit in my wardrobe, so I thought why not give it a go? Not being convinced that it would be my style I thought using stash fabric would be a…

  • Sewing

    Marmite Make or a Statement Maker?

    I was asked by the lovely Amy at Indy Bindy Fabric Company if I wanted to work on a collaboration using some of her beautiful fabric, and of course I jumped at the chance (scroll to the end to see how you could win some fabric of your own!) I’ve been wanting to make myself another Trend Patterns Frill Hem Top/Dress since my beloved black one is a little too tight across the arms and shoulders post-partum (can I still call it that 9 months on?) and after browsing the gorgeous fabrics set my heart on making one with the ‘Minamo’ fabric. I was so excited to receive this package from Japan. Yup. You heard me right. Japan!! How amazing is that? Amy is actually an Australian, living in Tokyo with her family. She started her fabric store just over a year ago and her key goal is to support small indie designers and sell amazing, unique fabrics. She even know’s all the designers personally! This particular print was from the design house, Otsukiyumi by designer Otsuki Yumi. She starts by hand drawing designs which are then digitally printed onto fabric so you can see each brushstroke. The name of…

  • Sewing

    Introduction to Pattern Cutting Course

    I love that sewing and dressmaking is one of those forever-learning skills. There’s always something new to try or learn. But recently I started feeling like I had reached what I could do on my own when it came to drafting patterns. I have ideas in my head and can generally hack my way through a pattern doing this-and-that and eventually end up with what I wanted. But it would take a while and wasn’t the neatest of processes (mentally or practically!) So I decided to invest in myself and my hobby and look for a course. A big motivation was wanting to do something for myself- having been used to be more ‘independent’ and working a full time job, full-time mummy-ing was making me feel like I was losing a bit of my adult self. Knowing I would be heading back to work soon, I thought also it would also be a good excuse to get some time apart from little R and see how she managed without me around for the day. Or that’s what I told myself to convince myself to tear myself away from her! I first started looking at draping or pattern making courses. I’ve…

  • Pattern reviews,  Sewing

    Pattern Review: Eloise Dress

    As you know I’ve really been trying to be more practical in my sewing, and while it’s a good feeling to (very very slowly) fill my wardrobe with versatile dresses- I’ve been finding it a bit soul destroying. Strange right? But I’m being so strict about the fabric composition, spending hours and hours trying to source the perfect fabric online that I kind of killed the thrill of sewing. So when I thought of making a frilled leopard print dress I decided to give myself a break and run with the idea! I went to Walthamstow and found this poly fabric (bleurgh, I know) which was the perfect shade for me. It’s funny, I never realised how difficult leopard print would be to find for me! So many of the prints had too much of an orange tone to go with my skin colour (almost blends into my skin and makes me look like I’ve actually got weird leopard spots).Here’s the sketch of what I had in mind. I knew exactly which pattern I wanted to use for this dress and jumped into my very first By Hand London pattern. I know: first?! Where have I been? I’m not gonna…

  • Pattern reviews,  Sewing

    Pattern Review: Nora

    Oh Nora Nora Nora. The new autumn Tilly and the Buttons pattern was released a few weeks ago. (Sorry I probably should have warned you…it’s yet another Tilly pattern post!) and I obviously had to give them a whirl! There’s the cute Ness skirt and the Nora top: a straight skirt with a shaped waistband, and a boxy top with loads of options. Being on maternity leave I spend 90% of my time in lounge-y trousers and cropped jumpers. I’m currently living for loose fit clothes around my shoulders and anything boxy but flattering over my tummy area. I was certain that the Nora was perfect for lounging but wasn’t sure if I would wear it out…until I made it of course! I’ve worn it umpteen times already and it’s now my go-to throw on during these chillier days. So on to the review! Pattern Review:  Nora Top @Tilly and the Buttons Difficulty: “Confident Beginners” Sizes: UK 6-20 Type: Paper and PDF Price: £12 in paper form, £9.50 in PDF

  • Sewing

    The Little Hip Pocket Cleo Hack

    It’s no secret that the Cleo dress is one of my favourite makes. I made this midi black version a while ago and let’s just say: the only time I wasn’t wearing it was when my pregnancy bump became way too big. I’m only just started to fit back into it (hallelujah!) but before that I was getting full on Cleo dress withdrawal. Suddenly I got hankering for a denim version. I’m not really a denim kind of girl but after I saw a few midi dungaree dresses in the shops I knew I needed one in my wardrobe. It took me a while to find the perfect mid-to-light shade of blue for what I had in mind. In the end I opted for this beautiful denim from Croft Mill.  I ordered 1.5 m for the midi hack which I’ve posted before (click here). Here’s one of my inspiration dresses (sold out from ASOS): You might have noticed that there’s just a few things I need to change to get a dress closer to my inspiration photos. It needed a centre front button placket, a waistband and of course ginormous hip pockets. Luckily for me the beautiful Abi @Crafty Pin-Up had…