I have to stop being such an overlocking snob

Since buying my own overlocker nearly 15 years ago, I’ve become obsessed with neatly finished seams. So much so that I will pause projects until I can overlock seams neatly if that is my planned finish. Don’t think that it is JUST about overlocking, it’s not. I love my garments lined, french seamed, pinked, etc.Continue reading “I have to stop being such an overlocking snob”

Making your own bias binding

I’m making a romper for Edith. We were given one similar last year from Marks and Spencer and it was worn to death so I was determined to find a pattern for one as close as possible. I eventually found this one from Tiny Design Co Patterns. It’s not identical but it’s pretty close. WhileContinue reading “Making your own bias binding”

Noelle blanket

I haven’t written about my crochet much recently and not because I’ve not been doing it but it takes me ages to do. I came across this pattern last spring. I love rainbow colours so I was obviously drawn to it. However the cost of the yarn did set me back a bit. The colourContinue reading “Noelle blanket”

Working with leather – part two, sewing leather

In my last post I spoke about sourcing leather and cutting it out. This post is expanding on that with leather general sewing advice. What sort of needle should I use? You can buy specialist leather needles. These needles are slightly different to universal needles in that they have triangular ends. They act like aContinue reading “Working with leather – part two, sewing leather”

Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting

You may think that working with leather is a very specialist professional type of work and as an amateur sewist, it’s not something you can have a go at. But actually it’s not as hard to work with as you may think and it’s a lovely medium to work with. Leather comes in all sortsContinue reading “Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting”

4 reasons to buy from A Kind Cloth

I recently placed an order with A Kind Cloth. I know Marine, who runs it, through university. So yeah, I’m going to be slightly biased but I want to share what a great company it is and hopefully you’ll take a look and be inspired to place orders. So here’s 4 reasons why you shouldContinue reading “4 reasons to buy from A Kind Cloth”

Trouser fly fastening – buttons

After my last post about a zip fly, here is a how to do a button fly. It’s really similar but you need to have your buttons at the ready from early on. I’m making a pair of skinny jeans (Butterick 5682) using some stretch denim from I bought from Backstitch. I absolutely love thisContinue reading “Trouser fly fastening – buttons”

Trouser fly fastening – zip

The most common fly fastening is a zip. This post is if you can’t get your head around some other instructions (and hopefully all my photos from different angles makes it clearer) or if you need to replace a zip in your jeans. I’ll do another post if you want to change a pattern toContinue reading “Trouser fly fastening – zip”

Adding a zip guard to a jacket – New Look 6545

Last term at college I made myself a flight jacket, using New Look 6545. The fabric is canvas from Clover and Co. Fabrics. I’m ashamed to admit I bought fabric from the other side of the world when there’s loads of good fabric suppliers closer to home. The great thing about Clover and Co. FabricsContinue reading “Adding a zip guard to a jacket – New Look 6545”

Up-cycled dolls cot

I don’t normally write about this kind of thing but I’m feeling rather smug after finishing this little up-cycle project which was Edith’s Christmas present. Last month I was trawling through facebook market place and came across a listing for a free vintage doll’s cot that had seen better days. Andy tells me off forContinue reading “Up-cycled dolls cot”