The new Colette sewing pattern is here! Wren is gorgeous! Its easy to make and extremely flattering.


I made myself version two from some of our lovely striped jersey that has a lovely silky feel to it and hangs beautifully.

me in Wren

I think the Wren pattern is fun to wear and also quick and easy to make, I can see myself making more of these, particularly as we have just bought in a few Liberty Jersey fabrics!

Aster Shirt dress hack

I made this dress a few weeks ago but I have been so busy that I haven’t had chance to blog about it! The Aster shirt pattern from Colette is a really easy make and I fancied a shirt dress so I decided to hack this pattern, it was quite simple to do, I just extended the pattern to the length that I wanted and followed the regular instructions.


I used some of our best selling medium weight denim that drapes beautifully, it is really easy to wear and I can see myself wearing this all winter with tights and my favourite DM shoes.


Here is a picture that my daughter took in the garden!

Sewaholic gets all sporty

I’m not that sporty. Think of me as that old cat, dozing on the windowsill, but my eyes were opened by the new Vancouver collection of sewing patterns from Sewaholic. It’s not that I don’t like pictures with that much lycra, it’s just that I’ve hardly ever seen sewing patterns that are just made for it. It almost made me jump up out of my comfy armchair [well not quite].

vancouverHang on, I’ve got a sporty daughter and several sporty nieces. I haven’t got any lycra or sports net, but I do have knit fabrics and I fancy the style of the Fraser Sweatshirt.

IMG_8106__44777.1439498270.1280.1280The loose fit of the Seymour Jacket caught my eye, that might just hide my six pack and I have some wild coloured outdoor fabrics that may very well suit the bill.

IMG_7833__17260.1439498685.1280.1280Ok I know I’m not exactly Jessica Ennis, but I might just give some of these a go.

Easy Elastic waistband skirt tutorial

Here is a really easy, quick skirt that you can make in less than an hour. All you need is a metre of fabric and a metre of thick elastic. I used some of our lovely Regents Street Lawn, it is not too thick so it drapes beautifully. The lush pink elastic is a new addition to the website and I can already see myself using it in all sorts of projects.

Regents Street Lawn

Wrap the elastic around your waist add 5cm to the length and cut it, sew the two ends together with a 5cm seam allowance, press open and top stitch each seam down.

Lush Pink Elastic

Fold the fabric in half and cut it, place the two pieces together with right sides facing each other sew these seams using a 5cm seam allowance, you should now have a tube.

Using a loose straight stitch do two rows of sewing around the top of the tube leaving long tails of thread. This is to gather the fabric until the skirt is the same size as the elastic


So pull the tails of thread until the skirt top is the same size as the elastic waistband.


Put your skirt and elastic together with the wrong side of the elastic facing the right side of the fabric,Attaching the Lush pink elasticuse a zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the fabric, sewing close to the edge of the elastic will give a neat finish and use a thread to match the elastic.

Sewing lush pink elastic

All you need to do now is the hem!

vintage outfit

I have finally finished my vintage style cardigan which I shall talk about in another post, but it looks so lovely with my new skirt don’t you think? It is such a quick and easy make that will make a great present.