MISS AMERICANA: TILLY AND THE BUTTONS JAIMIE PYJAMAS & TABITHA TEE

America is one place I keep returning to — I have climbed up to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, taken the cable car in San Francisco, drunk a cocktail at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, explored the dense Redwood forests in California, seen space shuttles at NASA, rode the carousel […]

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MINERVA MAKES #4: CRYSTALS POPLIN & SEWAHOLIC GRANVILLE

For my final #MinervaMake of 2020, I fancied challenging myself! I decided to go for a classic button-up shirt by Sewaholic and paired it with a few metres of this quirky cotton poplin by Art Gallery fabrics that was gifted to me. Head over to Minerva to see my blog post! Let’s talk about fabric first, because […]

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MINERVA MAKES #3: FLORAL MEADOW POPLIN & SIMPLICITY 9136

For my third #MinervaMake, I went for a classic floral number to see me through autumn and winter. I was gifted a few metres of this beautiful cotton poplin by Art Gallery fabrics and paired it with one of the newer Summer 2020 dress patterns by Simplicity ā€” head over to Minerva to see my blog […]

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MINERVA MAKES #2: FLORAL SATIN & SEWING MASIN SICILY SLIP DRESS

The Sicily Slip Dress by Sewing Masin was definitely the ‘It Girl’ of the pattern world this summer, so I decided to take the plunge and sew one up; I have styled mine for autumn vibes with a thermal top, as it has become so chilly here! This is my second #MinervaMake, this time with […]

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MINERVA MAKES #1: POLKA HEART POPLIN & MCCALLS 6696

I recently joined the #MinervaMakers team in September and was gifted this gorgeous printed cotton poplin! I paired it with my tried and true McCalls 6696, opting for the fitted straight skirt and sleeveless bodice. Head over to Minerva to read all the details in my blog post!

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RUBY TUESDAY: NEW LOOK 6341

From bright scarlet to deep oxblood, I feel that red is a colour that just works with my pale skin and dark hair. I usually wear a soft, muted red lipstick as my ‘everyday lipstick’, and right now in my eyeline, I can spot my deep red satchel, my cherry red welly boots (essential in […]

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CREATURE COMFORTS: MCCALLS 8067

And just like that, it truly feels like autumn here in Oxford! We have had quite a few days of non-stop rain and grey skies, so I have packed away my summer sandals and started dreaming of knitted scarves, wooly socks, and cosying up by a fire in a pub (…until 10pm). I have still […]

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CIAO, AMORE: MCCALLS 7974 (HACKED)

For me, this sundress feels like an Italian summer; I can just picture myself wearing it in the sparkling sunshine in Palermo, eating gelato and people-watching… oh well, perhaps next year! In the meantime, this sundress can brighten up my days in Oxford — the punchy red background against the zesty lemons is so cheerful and I am pretty proud of myself for all the additional details I put in when pattern-hacking to make this my ultimate summer outfit. […]

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EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES: MCCALLS 7542

One of my favourite parts of sewing is feeling inspired by ready-to-wear fashion, and then thinking how I will make it ‘mine’. Perhaps I will see a dress with an interesting skirt style, but the back bodice is not bra-friendly; no matter, because I can change that to something that works for me when I create my own version. Being able to pick and choose design elements is incredibly freeing. […]

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OUT OF THE WOODS: VOGUE 8896

Wrap dresses have been considered a sartorial staple for decades now — and for good reason! Wrap dresses work in the office, for special occasions, for lunch dates… the possibilities are fairly endless with a wrap dress, especially when you make them from knit fabrics. I am still getting used to sewing with jersey, so […]

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