How I Learnt To Sew My Own Underwear

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Who would have thought something so small could be so terrifying? I’ve happily sewn all sorts of garments and even knitted rather complex patterns, but the idea of sewing a small pair of underpants in knit fabric had me searching for excuses not to do it.

Even though I really wanted to.

In fact, even though I really needed to, given the rate at which my underwear was falling apart on me. (Not literally on me, although it was only a matter of time.)

The situation worsened early last year when I bought myself a handful of new undies and found them to be almost unwearable. Too small there. Too big here. Too everything wrong everywhere. There seemed to be only one solution: I had to start making my own undies using a pattern that would fit me and satisfy my own requirements.

Read on to find out what happened next! Continue reading

Knit & Natter – A Vintage Knitting Update

Knit & Natter Vintage Knitting Feature

It seems like it’s all sewing around these parts, but there’s actually quite a bit of knitting going on! All vintage knitting, of course (although only one pattern from the seventies, which is rare for me). At any rate, I thought it was high time I gave you all an update on what’s been coming off my knitting needles lately, as well as what’s currently on them.

Bascially, it’s time for another Knit and Natter!

Keep reading to find out what I’ve added to my knitted vintage wardrobe. Continue reading

Enter My YouTube Giveaway! [CLOSED]

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Once upon a time, I made a spur of the moment decision to record a video about vintage sewing patterns and upload it to YouTube. I’d only just discovered the YouTube sewing community the day before and I’d spent the better part of a day watching video after video and subscribing to every sewing vlogger I could find. It felt like a fun community and I felt as though I’d like to join it.

I had no idea I’d be sitting here a year later, still uploading those videos, with over 1,200 people subscribed to my channel. It’s still a little surreal, to be honest!

It’s high time I gave something back to say thank-you to everyone who has jumped on board. Read on to find out what I’m giving away and how you can enter! Continue reading

Choosing a Winter Jumper

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It’s Time To Think Cold

As I write this, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and we will no doubt be hearing the gentle hum of the air conditioner later in the afternoon. It is the height of Summer, when thoughts turn naturally towards trips to the beach, cool drinks and finding the delicate balance between wearing the least amount of clothes possible while still looking decent enough to appear in public.

Unless you’re a knitter, of course.

If you’re a knitter, your thoughts turn towards the cosy jumpers and cardigans you want to wear when it’s icy outside and six pairs of socks aren’t enough. And you know you need to start knitting RIGHT NOW so you’re ready.

And that’s why you find me here, trying to choose my new Winter jumper (or sweater, if you prefer). Read on to see my choices! Continue reading

Day and Night Dress Challenge

Day and Night Dress Challenge

The Day and Night Dress Challenge

I have some exciting news! I’m a member of the blogging and vlogging team for this year’s Day and Night Dress Challenge run by Elizabeth Made This. It’s an absolute honour to be part of this team – I’m in the company of so many talented dressmakers.

The good news is that the challenge isn’t just for the #dayandnightdresschallenge team: you can take part, too! In fact, you’re encouraged to get involved and put yourself in the running for a whole host of incredible prizes.

But what’s it all about? What am I planning to make? Read on to find out more… Continue reading

Summer Sewing Plans

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My Summer Sewing Plans

There’s something so enticing about the start of a new year. We make resolutions. (Or resewlutions…) We get excited about the potential of this unknown collection of 365 days.

We make crazy sewing plans that conveniently ignore the fact that we need to sleep every now and then.

But who needs sleep when there are so many fun things to sew? I have a stash of fabrics and patterns and it’s high time I put them all to good use. Read on to find out what I’m planning to sew this Summer. Continue reading

New Years Sewing Resolutions

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Setting Some Sewing Resolutions… Or ReSEWlutions!

Have you made any crafty plans for 2018? Set some stash-busting goals? Written down your sewing resolutions? I always try my best at this sort of stuff – I even set a tiny set of goals for myself in 2016 in the not-entirely-successful aftermath of the more ambitious plans I made in 2015 – but I end up completely forgetting about it all some time around March. What can I say: I am easily distracted, although I do enjoy throwing together a list or two, preferably with tick boxes.

So when Boz approached me to see if I was interested in taking part in a tag about sewing resolutions, you might have thought my answer would be a polite no, thanks, given my past experience. In fact, it was a resounding yes, please because these were actually reSEWlutions and they come with absolutely no pressure whatsoever.

Read on to find out more… Continue reading