December 3, 2014

Self-Drafted Silk Skirt

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I am so unbelievably happy with how this turned out! It was my first time using the skirt block I made up in my course at Ray Stitch and demonstrates perfectly how much better a custom fit looks and feels. I wouldn’t ever think I would wear a skirt this length, but love this one…

November 9, 2014

African Ankara Print Pyjama Suit

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Have you ever visited the Ankara (African) fabric shops on Petticoat Lane in East London? If not, you should! The variety of prints and colours are mind boggling and most of the shops are incredibly cheap, you can pick up 6 yards (they all measure in yards, not metres), for £15. Aaron has been saying…

October 31, 2014

Pattern Cutting Course at Ray Stitch

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I’ve been waiting weeks to share this post with you! I was recently lucky enough to be offered a space on the pattern cutting course at Ray Stitch, running over 6 Wednesday evenings. My dressmaking experience isn’t huge, I am certainly a hobby sewer and wouldn’t know where to start with drafting a pattern from…

September 25, 2014

Quilted Rigel Bomber

Quilted Rigel Bomber

I am so so happy to share this project with you! It has been a long time in the making, moving house in the middle and packing up all sewing supplies slowed me down for sure, but it is finally finished. I have seen so many pretty Rigel bombers out there (how nice is this…

September 18, 2014

Recreate a Favourite Garment at Ray Stitch

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Over the weekend I spent a couple of hours at the ‘Recreate a Favourite Garment’ class at Ray Stitch in Islington. The class teaches you how to ‘trace off’ a pattern from a favourite garment so you can recreate it in lots of different fabrics. I’ve been wanting to make a shirt for ages now so…

August 3, 2014

Our Self-Drafted Silk Shift Dresses

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On a couple of separate fabric sale-shopping frenzies, both H and I managed to pick up a metre of the same Liberty print silk each. Quelle horreur! After discussing how we should probably diversify in taste we decided it would actually be quite funny to make matching dresses with our silks (so long as we…

July 16, 2014

Tutorial: Quilted Liberty Travelcard Holder

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This tutorial was born out of a little experiment. I was searching blogs for a tutorial for travelcard holders but I couldn’t find any that I particularly liked so thought I’d just go for it and see what happened. These first two holders (matching gifts for my Mum and Dad!) are the results of my…

July 10, 2014

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Emery Dress

This Emery dress was my first experiment with a Christine Haynes pattern and I found the instructions really easy to follow. It was also my first time lining a garment bodice, so I also learnt some new skills along the way. I’m still at the stage of dressmaking where I am getting a little bit better with each…

June 18, 2014

My First Anna Dress

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Summer is a perfect time to make some new dresses, right? I’ve been meaning to make the By Hand London Anna dress ever since picking up the pattern in Anthropologie a couple of months ago. Having finished my first I don’t know why I waited so long – it was a JOY to make! I…

June 5, 2014

Liberty Quilted Pouch Tutorial

Quilted Liberty Pouch Tutorial

Today is a double birthday whammy for me. My Dad and Aaron share a birthday so for the past few years I’ve had to scramble around for TWO lots of boy presents at the beginning of June. This year I decided I’d make my Dad something (no such luck for Aaron) and found an amazing…