Summer Wardrobe Inspiration

Thursday, June 10, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


Hope you're all well. I just thought I'd do another inspiration post. Just incase you were stuck for ideas on your next sewing project. A lot of you loved the spring one I did and as the weather is improving, I thought it would be fun!


First up the Lyra Dress. I love this pattern, although I haven't made it yet. You know I love a ruffle hem and the floaty style is so perfect for summer. This leaf print viscose would be a perfect light, drapey fabric and it's such a bargain!




Now I feel bad about sharing this one as we are actually out of this fabric, and I cut this for myself as I loved it so much. The Shelby Dress is a wonderful staple for spring/summer and when I made this mood board I instantly added it to my list. But I have got a slightly different patterned version which would be just as beautiful. 





Next up is the Opal Trousers. The perfect paper-bag waistline and easy to style garment. We think a linen pair will take you through the summer in style.  




Lastly the Cedar Dolman Tee by Cashmerette. A great summer staple and I love this version with the tie front. We think our stripe ribbed jersey would be amazing for this, and super soft too. 


I hope I might have sparked some ideas for you all and if you do make something with our fabric, do send us a picture. We love seeing your makes. 

Happy Handmade!

5 Etsy Faves | Summer 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


Time for another Etsy faves post. So here's 5 items I'm loving on Etsy at the moment. 


1. Banner Paper Piece Pattern 


I've been dreaming about paper piecing lately and I'm going to have a go at it soon. It was a little premature of me but I bought this pattern from Happy Sew Lucky for when I master it. I just instantly fell in love with it. Better get cracking!



2. Risograph Prints

I've haven't seen Risographs since GCSE art, but I'm totally falling in love with them all over again. This print from Abby Sumner Design is so fun and great to get for a personalised gift. 


3. Beautiful Mugs

I'm a sucker for some good ceramics and mugs are my absolute favourite. My partner says I "do not need anymore mugs!" but sometimes they just call to you. This mug by Utopia Life Studio is just the perfect shape and colour for a cosy brew on the sofa. I've saved it to my Etsy Faves and might pass the link onto a family member for my birthday. 


4. Clay Earrings

Yes another set from Sarah at Delicious Bits but I just can't stop staring at them. I lover all her monochrome styles at the moment. A perfect all season accessory. 


5. More Paper Piecing

I told you I can't get enough! This one is a little ambitious so I haven't actually bought this one yet. Another gorgeous design by Happy Sew Lucky, but this time a giant quilt. I just love the style and playfulness. I can't wait to have the time to master it. Watch this space!


Well I hope I pointed you towards some new items you might not have seen yet. I love finding new things on Etsy, even those that are a little out of reach at the moment. Happy shopping!

Happy Handmade!

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Ice Lolly Hallon Dress

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hi Everyone, 

So I wanted to share my latest creation with you all. I finally finished my Hallon Dress. It's a beautiful pattern by Paradise Patterns. I saw a fabulous block colour dress on instagram a year or so ago of a beachy dress which I later found out was from Pitusa. I've always dreamed about creating a stripey, block 'ice lolly' dress and thought I could have a play with this pattern. 




Stash Busting - Use up your scraps

Saturday, April 10, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


So I've been sharing a few recent makes on my Instagram lately which I made using fabrics in my stash. I'm trying to use up all the 'bits' of fabric I have. I don't want to keep buying more and more fabric if I'm not going to use it, so for the last year I've only bought fabric with a definite project in mind, rather than buying fabric as it's nice. 

(Side Note; I used to buy 'nice' fabrics a lot and then would never use them as they were 'too nice' to cut. Does anyone else do that?)

I think a lot of us can relate to this issue. But there's loads of ways to use up small amounts of fabric you might have left over.  And in the process become more aware of our buying habits. Which should lead to better shopping, a better wardrobe and more appreciation for your handmade items. 


So here is my run down on some great projects to lessen that stash: 

Knickers

Yup, knickers. Such a great way of using up scraps of nice fabric. For jersey scraps I've used the Megan Nielsen Acacia Pattern loads. It's so easy to make as well. Plus they make cute gifts for girlfriends, nieces, daughters....

Then there's the Noelle knickers by Madalynne if you prefer a high-waisted lacey version. There are so many great (and free) knicker patterns online to try. Why not give it a go. 


Scrunchies

My favourite way of using up small amounts of woven fabrics. And I have a full video tutorial on how to make them HERE. It's a project the girls in my After School Club love to do at the end of term as well. I taught them how to make patchwork versions using tiny amounts of fabric. It's a win win for your hair as well. And we all love a 90s vibe don't we?


Closet Core Pouffe

This was shown to me by a follower. And it's such a great idea. Making a super useful item for the home, plus you fill it with the scraps too! YAY! Head to the Closet Core website for the full tutorial. 


Tropical Blomma Tank Top

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Hi Everyone, 

Thought I'd pop on here and share a new make with you all. I've been on a stash-busting mission lately, going through my fabric stash and actually finding useful and practical ways of using them up. (Another Blog post coming soon!)

One item I managed to squeeze out of some scrap cotton jersey was this Blomma Tank Top (Previously Pua Tank). The pattern is by Hawaii based Paradise Patterns and was a recent discovery of mine on instagram. Sanna's patterns are amazing and I've since bought her new dress pattern too. 

You can actually get this tank top pattern for free by signing up to her mailing list. Win win! And my bestie has already chosen fabric from my stash for me to make her one too. It's a great, quick, easy pattern to get stuck into. 
So here is my Blomma Tank, made from left over jersey. I'm pretty pleased with it actually. Let me know what you think.