Another Ogden...

Friday, March 5, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


Yes, I know, I know I need to find another pattern which uses 1 metre of fabric haha. But I love the Ogden Cami pattern so much and thought I'd do another Hack. This time I added a little gathered skirt to the bottom of it and added some extra straps to create a different look at the back neckline. 

I did shorten the bodice by about 3 inches before adding the gathered skirt. I love the shape and volume it creates. It's definitely a great summer piece, even though I made this in February! I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it this summer. 


The hardest part was the extra straps. getting them at the right length was harder than I initially thought and I tried it on about 5 times before I was happy with how they would lie. Worth the effort though as I think the extra details make all the difference. 




BILLIE BLUE

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 


Hey Everyone, 

I really don't want you to get sick of me talking about how much I love this dress, but I couldn't not share it here on the blog as well. You may have also already seen it in my last Sew & Tell Video on my Youtube Channel. Sorry about that. But it's just such a great pattern and it's the perfect make for all of us at the moment, spending more time at home, but still wanting to look stylish. 



Craft for Wellbeing

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


I know we're all feeling it, so I wanted to pop on here and share a little inspiration (and discount) for you to help you get creative again. 

I've chatted to a few of you online and you're all feeling the same, less creative, less motivated and in need of a little distraction. Well, I may have the answer.


Crafting can do so much for your mental health and wellbeing. But when you're not feeling up to creating or thinking of your next project ideas, why not buy something where all you have to do is 'the making'. Craft kits are the perfect answer. You can switch off, unwind, concentrate on something and produce something pretty, without the stress of supplies, thinking of your design and stressing about when to start it. 

Here are a few of my favourite kits that we have for sale in the shop:




You'll need a Foam Block too (buy here) but apart from that this needle felting kit has everything to make a cute spring bee brooch. I cannot tell you how therapeutic it is to stab wool too haha. Just mind your fingers! 




I'm totally in love with these botanical embroidery kits. Bringing the outdoors in and creating a beautiful piece of textile art which you can proudly hang in the home. I also love these new Black Cotton versions, something a little different from the traditional kits. 

Spring is coming and we might be able to sew together again!

 Hi Everyone, 


I hope you're not all totally overwhelmed with the information from yesterday's announcements. I have to be honest and say I was glad they've been so strict about slowing us back into 'normal life'. But I wasn't expecting to not reopen until April. HOWEVER if all goes well a Spring reopening it will be. The birds will be singing, the sun will hopefully be shining and we can start to sew together again. Isn't that just a wonderful feeling?


My 1st Birthday Celebration Portrait.

It made me so happy this morning to see the sun shining when I woke up. I then got lost looking through old photos from the spring and summer of 2019. So I thought I'd share a few pictures here to spread the joy and get you excited for returning to the sewing school this spring/summer. It is my favourite time of year; longer days, summer dresses and evenings eating and drinking in the garden (Maybe even with friends WHAT?!?). 

Mum sewing in the sunshine. 

Mollie Makes Yoga Bag

Monday, February 1, 2021

Hi Everyone, 

I wanted to share with you another career highlight in my life. You may remember me being so excited about having a project in Mollie Makes magazine, well I got another one! 

Honestly, Mollie Makes has been in my crafty life since they first launched. I have every issue of the publication- can you believe!? It has always been a dream to be featured in the magazine, and to have had the opportunity to work with them is just so incredible. 



I made a yoga bag in Issue 126 and if you grab the issue, you can follow my tutorial to make your own! It was so much fun to make and I love the colours, very spring-like and fresh, which is just what we need right now. 
There are so many incredible projects in the issue and I have a long list of things I want to make now. And if you've never gotten your hands on this magazine, I urge you to get a copy. 





Sorry for the quick update but I just had to share! I hope you're all well and coping ok in lockdown (if you're reading from the UK that is). It's nice that it's February and we have a short month to get through until the joy of Spring starts creeping in (maybe even some sunshine!!). YAY! 

Happy Handmade!