OK, so Christmas is long over. The first week back at work and (trying) to keep new years resolutions have officially ended any of my yule time fuzzy feelings. However, only now have I got the time to show my christmas sewing santa gifts.

Organised by Lisa of http://stitchedupfromthestart.wordpress.com I Jumped at the chance to be part of a secret santa especially for sewing bloggers, you have a limit of £10 and get gifting and posting. I mean getting to do stuff like this was a motivator for me starting my blog in the first place!

DSCF3321web2My gifts and WOAH!  I can’t believe how much I got and how generous my secret santa (Eleanor >.< ) was.

These where the only sewing related gifts I got for christmas and I can’t believe how thoughtful, an invisible zipper foot! I remember complaining on my blog how I couldn’t keep up with buying all the zipper foots. Everything else is adorable and all around brilliant.

I only hope my secret santa partner, the owner of minerva craft (so no pressure!) Liked what I gave her half as much as I like my gifts.

BIG THANKS to Lisa and Eleanor!

Sew Over It: Tie

Time to talk handmade christmas presents! These are my last minute surprises.

Thanks to the new Islington location and certain time constraints of a new job eliminating going to local college classes. Sew Over It has been my sewing class haunt of late.

As a christmas present class for myself 😉 and others 🙂 I signed up to the tie making class. Learning the proper way to hand stitch was the main motivator for attending this class but this project was enjoyable and perfect for all the male family members I needed presents for. I think ties gonna be my signature present for a good while.

We used the Sew Over It tie pattern, going to the class saved me so much time, if I went through the pattern by myself it would have certainly taken me three times as long to make and definitely wouldn’t have been made to the standard I made these ties too.

DSCF3268This was the tie I made at the Sew Over It class. The class included all the material for making a tie and we had a nice range of fabric to choose from and I was introduced to domette (interlining for a tie). We couldn’t finish the tie is class because of all the hand sewing but I left eager to finish and make many more.

DSCF3282I made this in complete secret and when my husband received it he was utterly thrilled. He loved the red detail under the tie.

DSCF3254The second tie was for my mums partner. I pushed the boat out and went for liberty fabric on this one.

DSCF3256I have absolutely hated liberty fabric until this point. I thought it was so unnecessarily busy, reminding me of  carpets/curtains/wallpaper and I said I would never EVER be swayed no matter how many liberty fabric lovers :/  Now I have two liberty fabrics on my must have list and am lazily looking through liberty fabric while on my xmas holiday…….

I got my sewing machine as a present last christmas and going full circle and actually making presents for others was AMAZING!! I thought I would be a proud selfish sewist, refusing requests for cushions and curtains immediately…Don’t you know I’ll be too busy making beautiful couture dresses for myself 🙂

….. but my mum, after seeing I’m really using my sewing machine, has bought me a cushion making sewing class…..hint has been taken and my sewing machine is going to be used for more gift giving from now on, which now I don’t think is a bad thing.

The Tallis, Gather Sewing Pattern

HELLO!!!! It’s been awhile! and not because I’ve stopped sewing….I have been! But everything I’ve sewn has just turned into a complete and utter disaster, who else has been there? My wild sewing ambitions have left me without a single wearable make…or anything I’m even a bit proud of.

Now before I stopped sewing altogether in complete frustration I implimented a few new sewing rules, to stop myself from getting bogged down in a project that’s too advanced for me and so I can start enjoying sewing again!! THE RULES: No zips or buttons AND only sew complete beginner patterns.

Enter the Tallis. The first pattern I can say I love so much I made two in two days.


The first Tallis I made isn’t perfect but I love it. The fabric is from a top I had for four years but never wore.

DSCF3202What went wrong was my choice of interfacing and fabric. The fabric was very soft, I had to use interfacing, I really thought there was one bog standard type of interfacing but when I went to the haberdashery shop there’s tons of different types. I chose the one I thought would work…rookie mistake?? Now I’m definitely going to take a sample of the fabric I’m using and let the shop assistants help me.

Also I tried to freestyle with the pattern and use a buttonhole that was on the top because I didn’t want to waste how nice it was and you can kinda see it looks unpolished.DSCF3205

This second one is better because the fabric was more stiff and it’s easier a second time round. The fabric again is from I dress I never wore.DSCF3194I loved this as a starter pattern; The instructions are very clear, there’s enough new skills to challenge a beginner without being intimidating and packaging is the best I’ve ever seen, no exceptions, it is seriously stunning.

I’ll be back to blogging land soon, I’ve got my mojo back. Until then bye!!

Refashion, Reuse and Recycle

This is my first wearable, completed item!!! WOOP WOOP! (I’ve been sewing for roughly four months but I do keep getting side tracked)


I would highly recommend refashioning for a beginner sewer who wants to jump straight into sewing clothes instead of the pillow/purse projects, which I bypassed because I did that at school and I hated sewing (or Design Technology as we called it)…it left me bored and with little passion and I don’t want to relive that. However, after two failed fashion sewing projects I was getting more then slightly disheartened on my quest to create the wardrobe of my dreams. My sewing ambitions do not match my sewing skills.

The before

I had been eyeing this top at my local charity shop for about three weeks, it wasn’t even the size holding me back, as I would have bought it in a charity shop high and just tucked it into a high waisted skirt. It was the colour, I don’t know but I feel it’s a bit grannyish, so I left it and would came back every two days to look at it and think..maybe. Then there was a sale! This item went down to a pound!!! It was a £40 something pound top from Monsoon with the tag still on, so it was completely new!!!! Then I saw the refashion competition (by SewAmySew) and I thought it was fate. I was so nervous to cut into it, thinking it must be silk or some fancy material like that but it was 100% viscose and I relaxed, a material snob moi?…maybe…(I know nothing about material quality, so for all I know viscose is a luxary, anyone correct me if I’m wrong.)

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The After

This was such a brilliant sewing experience, the skirt just came together. I used the By Hand London Charlotte skirt pattern for the skirt and I juuuust had enough material for the skirt, I had to improvise the waistband with some leftover material. The peplum like shape of the sleeves was  used to create the peplum. I was lucky because it fitted exactly around my waist. I cut the top so I wouldn’t have to do any hemming and I cut the peplum so I only had to hem the middle bit.


I am definitely going to wear this skirt, I just love the style and how it turned out. Despite my trepidation over the colour I have lots of tops that will go nicely with this skirt and I have loads of styling ideas. It’s the first peplum clothing item I own and I just LOVE IT.


Ahhhhh the side seam, ironing this was a revelation!! I never noticed it was so wonky!! I hope that no one else will notice when I wear it in daily life and I will chalk it up to one of my handmade wardrobes quirks.  However, I did underestimate the amount of weight I have put on, I (stupidly) cut into the real BHL Charlotte Skirt pattern instead of tracing over it and I first tried out this pattern with a muslin six months ago….It fit then. The first time I sewed up this skirt and tried it on it didn’t fit. I had to eat up a lot of the side seam access fabric to get it over my bum. So the size I cut, uk size 10, as you can see isn’t my size anymore.


The ‘invisible zip’ was the hardest part of this project. I’m too cheap to invest in an invisible zip foot at the moment so I hand sewed this zip in and this is actually my most successful hand sewn invisible zip. The overall look is unpolished but however it looks and sounds…I’m really happy with my first project.

OK. Down to the nitty gritty…The unholy mess of the inside

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I was too cheap to buy pinking shears (are you noticing a trend?) however that has been rectified. Other novice sewers beware this is what happens to your side seams when you do nothing to them and then put them through the washing machine. I am happy with my darts though, they are beauties to me.

Here’s to progress and lifelong learning and getting better and better.

Words to live by

“Dude, sucking at something is the first step towards being sorta good at something” Jake the Dog


First Thing First The Introduction

Before jumping right in with a sewing post I wanted to start with a short Intro.

I have a problem….Spending money on clothes only for them to just sit in my wardrobe and never see the light of day.

I have another problem….Buying clothes that don’t fit either; because they were on sale or from a charity shop and I couldn’t resist or I was on a diet and they were sizes I would eventually fit into.


After periodically doing big clear outs of all the clothes I would never wear or would never fit. It was a strangely emotional goodbye but I was becoming known as being a hoarder and having more clothes then anyone should ever have.

Enter sewing. I firstly became enthralled by the idea of sewing to refashion all the clothes I couldn’t say goodbye to or would actually wear if not for some slight fit issues.

Then BAM endless hours on the internet showed me the immense sewing community, indie pattern designers and the big pattern designers. I FELL IN LOVE. I want to create rather then endlessly consuming and seeing all these fantastic ladies doing that made me incredibly excited.

I am very new to sewing but I have huge aspirations for a perfect, small and well thought out wardrobe of handmade/refashioned clothes.

This blog is so I can finally stop lurking on other peoples blogs! and start commenting and enjoy the sewing community. I reaallllly reaaaalllllly want to be part of the club!!!

Soooo that’s about it. Can’t wait to start showing my projects, if you’re reading this thanks for visiting 🙂