Sewing Sunday: Tartan Square Circle Skirt (Fail)

Sewing Sunday: Tartan Square Circle Skirt

So, this isn’t what I intended to post for this week’s Sewing Sunday post. I’ve worked six days this week – how some people manage to work full time, make clothes and blog regularly is absolutely beyond me – so I just haven’t had time to finish writing about anything I mentioned in my update post a few weeks ago. Therefore, I’m sharing a sewing fail with you all. Read on to find out what went wrong!

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Sewing Sunday: Tripping Balls Seamwork Mesa

Sewing Sunday: Tripping Balls Seamwork Mesa

After the failure that was my Astoria top, I was eager to try my hand at sewing with knits again, simply to prove to myself that I could make something half-decent if I really tried. I wanted something relatively simple, with as few details that could go wrong as possible. Enter the Seamwork Mesa, with its simple silhouette and perfect blank canvas to show off some wacky prints.

I have to be honest and say that I thought this would be easier to sew than it was, and I was not anticipating the fit issues I ended up having with it. Nevertheless, I persevered and ended up with something I’ll be proud to wear in public, so that’s a major improvement from last time! It isn’t by any means perfect, and the seams look a little messy on the inside, but I am still so happy with it.


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Sewing Sunday: Seamwork Astoria (Un)Wearable Muslin

Sewing Sunday: Seamwork Astoria (Un)Wearable Muslin

I’m obsessed. This week I’ve been unable to get to sleep two nights out of seven because I just couldn’t stop thinking about sewing. The intricacies of sewing bags, how to get the perfect fit on clothing… it’s driving me bonkers! One pattern that has been haunting my sleep is the Seamwork Astoria, the myriad of mistakes I made when I sewed it up first time around, and how to rectify them next time.

I actually made this top in August, but I have yet to blog about it because I don’t want to admit my mistakes to you all because I’ve been so busy, but the time has come to fess up. Read on to find out how I ruined this lovely pattern…

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Sewing Sunday: Custom-Made Labels from Woven Labels UK

Sewing Sunday: Custom-Made Labels from Woven Labels UK

Note: When I initially posted this, I accidentally set the visibility to ‘private’. I have no idea how I managed to do that and not realise until nearly two weeks later! So here you have a(n accidentally) late Sewing Sunday post. Enjoy!

This is just a quick Sewing Sunday post today, simply because I’ve been so busy with revision lately I haven’t had time to make anything!

I love everything about making my own clothes, apart from putting them in the machine for their first wash – I get so nervous that all my stitching will come undone, or the fabric will go bobbly, or the colour will fade. Another concern is that they’ll accidentally get washed at the wrong temperature and shrink, which would be an easy mistake to make if they don’t have any labels. Therefore, I ordered some labels to alleviate these fears and this post will be a review of those labels, eventually. But first, a story… View Full Post

Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Ever since I first thought of making these tote bags as Christmas table favours I’ve been dying to blog about them, but I didn’t want to risk spoiling the surprise for my family. Now it’s 2016 I can finally post about these babies!

This Christmas, inspired by my bestie Beth who handmade all of her gifts to people, I decided to make each of my family members a personalised present just for them. Since the government introduced a 5p charge for single use carrier bags, I’ve found that there’s no such thing as having too many reusable shopping bags. Therefore, I thought it would be a nice idea to make everyone roomy, strong, reversible but compact fold-up tote bags.

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