SHADES OF COOL: MCCALLS 6044

My best friend Simon lives across the pond in sunny California — after these endless days of May downpours, I am even more envious of that fact than I usually am — and is the recipient of my (rare) instances of selfless sewing. I made him the most amazing pair of pretzel-print pyjama bottoms for […]

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PAINT YOUR FACE IN FRESCOES: DEER AND DOE SIROCCO JUMPSUIT

In theory, having a birthday in lockdown should be no fun… but I had a straight-up blast this year! I received some lovely messages, cards and gifts, and I drank plenty of gin cocktails 😊 Plus, my gorgeous housemates constructed a huge, whimsical balloon arch in our lounge as a surprise and they got me […]

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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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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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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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LEAD ME DOWN TO THE OCEAN: TILLY AND THE BUTTONS INDIGO SMOCK TOP (HACKED)

Can you still call it pattern hacking if it is your own poor-planning that is to blame…? While I absolutely love this finished smock top, getting to this point involved plenty of playing jenga with pattern pieces, adding in additional seam allowances and changing a pretty big element from the original design! I think it is only fair to highlight the I mistakes made — making mistakes and working around these challenges are so important to grow and improve as a sewist — but I really don’t think it detracts from the finished garment, which is as swishy and dreamy as I envisioned! […]

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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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