Wednesday, 15 September 2021

An easy way to learn how to sew - and save money

If you are anxious about learning to sew then have you thought of starting off with making dolls clothes? It's how I first learned to sew.

When I was very young I learned to sew by making dolls clothes. I feel that if you have little girls in your family you could also save a fortune as dolls clothes are very expensive Dolls clothes  are easy to make but will demonstrate perfectly how you would make an adult garment   as you use the same processes. Making dolls clothes is a great way to learn to sew for any age as the garments are small enough to be completed in one go.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

The Simple Sew Cocoon jacket in Felted coating fabric

 The Simple Sew Cocoon Jacket

This fabric is currently on sale at a fantastic price , so grab yourself some and if you don't fancy a coat then make a bag, a cape or even some cushions....Fantastic Felted Fabric

The pattern describes this jacket as being chic and stylish and I cannot disagree with that statement

Thursday, 2 September 2021

The Sew Over It Chloe Coat 2- unlined

 The previous post shows  the lined version of Sew Over It  Chloe  Coat, I was asked if a beginner could make it without a lining

So I tried it with a fabric which is reversible, and I must say that the results were pleasing

This is the sort of coat you will want to throw on when popping to the shops, or go for a short journey in the car. Its quite snug actually,  and I can see me getting out of use out of it it is definitely suitable for beginners to make and the thickness of the fabric means that you don't really need to use interfacing which would be totally necessary on the lined coat

Saturday, 21 August 2021

The Sew Over It Chloe Coat

 A #minervabrandambasador post for

My post on

The direct link to this fabric is Chenille Suiting

Have you ever made a coat? If not what puts you off?

Over the next couple of posts I am going to show you little tweaks you can make to simplify the construction.

Monday, 2 August 2021

Vogue V8952 Pullover Tunic Top

 A make

You can read the post in full and view more photos as well as finding out how to order this fabulous fabric and pattern on this link My Vogue 8952 top on

What an amazing pattern this is. I love all three views but in the end decided on the version with the cowl neckline, however I am already planning on what fabric to make the other two versions in. This does seem to be a popular pattern and since purchasing mine I have seen quite a few versions and they all look fantastic 

The fabric I used is a Viscose Jersy knit and it hangs really nicely don't you agree. It comes in four colours and is modestly priced especially as you only need 2m

This isxtgeclink to this gorgeous fabric which comes in several different colours 

Viscose Jersey Fabric

Sunday, 25 July 2021

The Sew Over It Eve dress

A post 

I love this pattern, I have one with the fluttery sleeves, but wanted another one with short straight sleeves 

Wednesday, 21 July 2021


 The Nina Lee Mayfair Dress from Simply Sewing magazine

Pattern review 

I admit that i do not  normally buy magazines but there are some fabulous paper patterns in this one so I did not hesitate. 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

McCalls 8064 in cotton jersey

 McCalls 8064 in cotton Jersey from 

details of fabric and pattern are on Cotton jersey dress so please do take a look 

Friday, 28 May 2021

How to sew Jeans

How to sew Jeans.

This is perhaps the most daunting yet the most satisfying garment you can ever master. Jeans are  personal and we all have differing views of what the perfect pair should look like.
Get them right and I guarantee that you will love them so much that you will never buy another pair again. I know I won't

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

The dress that almost didn't happen - a beautiful 1940s Tea Dress by New Look

A post

This lovely dress , New Look N6594 very nearly ended in the bin,

( to find out more about the fabric go to this link on My 1940s tea dress in cotton poplin )

It is a 1940's WW2 Style Tea Dress ,looking at the pattern I feel it is more American in design rather than British as our clothing restrictions were much less forgiving than in America where just about the only clothing restricted was anything made from leather as it was needed for sadddles and so on.