MINERVA MAKES #10: RAYON CHALLIS & NEW LOOK 6262

Greetings from Canada! 🍁 The borders recently reopened for international travel, so I jumped a the chance to visit and meet my best friend Simon in Canada for a mini road trip. Obviously I needed to make a new dress for the trip, so when Minerva gifted me 3.5m of this floaty, heart-print rayon challis […]

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MINERVA MAKES #9: COTTON SATEEN & MCCALLS 7971 (HACKED)

I have got quite a few weddings to attend next month, so I decided that my #MinervaMake for July should both tick the wedding-guest-worthy attire box and the summer-heatwave-appropriate box ☀️ Minerva gifted me 3.5m of this botanical cotton sateen and I searched my pattern stash for a dress pattern that would work with this […]

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MINERVA MAKES #8: SILK CRÊPE DE CHINE & NINA LEE KEW DRESS

This is without a doubt my most ambitious and time-consuming #MinervaMake to date… but wow, the payoff was totally worth it ♥️ This pretty floral silk fabric was gifted to me from Minerva and I immediately began sketching out my plan for a delicate 1940s style tea dress; I wanted to make something that a […]

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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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