MINERVA MAKES #6: LADY MCELROY COTTON LAWN & VOGUE 9313

I really amped up some witchy-vibes for my sixth #MinervaMake here! This amazing Lady McElroy fabric was gifted to me from Minerva and I knew I wanted to make it into a fairly dramatic wrap dress with a full skirt; I previously made a wrap dress out of ITY stretch fabric last summer, but I […]

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YOU MAKE LOVING FUN: DEER AND DOE MYOSOTIS DRESS (HACKED)

A few weekends ago, the lovely Megan from Pigeon Wishes hosted an online party on Instagram to celebrate Galentine’s Day — to join in with the fun, all you had to do was post a picture of yourself wearing pink and red and tag #PigeonPinkRedParty! So many people created really beautiful garments for the day […]

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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 β€” head over to Minerva to see my blog […]

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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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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 8161

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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FLOWERS FOR SPRING: MCCALLS 7606

I truly believe that wrap skirts and summer are the perfect combination; they go together like strawberries and cream… or like gin and tonic! These skirts are such an easy option for both dressing up and down, and feel so comfortable to wear when the days get warmer. I was on the hunt for a good wrap skirt pattern and found McCall’s 7606, which has two options for the skirt and two bodysuits. I immediately was drawn to View C, as it would hit me about mid-calf length and has a big statement ruffle around the hem, which just screams summer vibes. […]

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