Hello autumn

Hello there, hope the you’ve had a lovely summer filled with laughter, sunshine, family, friends………But the weather has started to turn and now my mind is turning to my autumn/winter sewing plans……I tend to make a little list of items I would like to make for the coming season, it is based (very scientifically) on:

  • Items I think I need to make
  • Things I want to make
  • Things that haven’t been made from the past seasons list
  • what I have fabric/patterns for (always trying to stash-bust!!).

Usually I am not a list making kind of gal (can ya tell), but I started my making list about 2 years ago and most of the time it works out ok….. I probably make about 2/3 of the list. It’s really just a way to organise my mental list of projects, as I tend to get ahead of myself and want to make about half a dozen things at once.

So here are a few plans…….(be interesting to see how much of these I actually make or if I get distracted by newer shiny things)

Ginger jeans– I’ve been dying to make these for ages, and after my first foray in to jeans making I’m confident that they would’nt be too painful, but still I have yet to cut them out….. I think I have concerns about the fit, but all reports on this front are good so really I just need to take the leap and get on with them.


Trench Roger – pattern by Republique du chiffon,  I bought this last year on a wim, its not my usual style…but there is something challenging I like about, especially since the instructions are in french!!! The fabric I have in mind is a beautiful soft duck egg blue gaberdine…..just think it might look a little…..dull..what do you think????



Turia dungarees – I am strangely drawn to these, especially since seeing this pair so I bought the pattern and even went to the shops to try a pair on…just to check I wasn’t totally dreaming. I think I just might be able to pull them off…wish me luck. – I have just finished these (writing this post pushed me into action)…. post coming soon.


The weather is starting to turn so think a sydney coat might be in the works too….I’m only 5’3 though so might have to take a few inches off so it doesn’t drown me.



Culottes maybe? I have this pattern in my stash and am thinking it would be nice in something black and drapey…wool or crepe??

How’s this for inspiration

tessuti cullotes

*credit – Tessuti Blog link here*

Another Nettie to two will also be made, I would have never thought that a bodysuit would be a wardrobe staple for me but as my first one was comfortable, streamline to wear and warm meant that it got lots of usage… I definitely love a hard working staple. This a cracker of a pattern with a lot of bang for your buck.



Shift dress- Another 6145 I think, I lived in my denim version last year so I think another is in the off

Shirt – I have the Archer pattern in my stash and so might just address my fear of shirts…no collar though…I don’t like collars

I have just bought a lovely red print from Atelier Brunette (picked up from Maud at the Handmade fair, you can get it here) and am thinking about another Eve robe or possibly a Sigma ??

Pyjamas – so badly need to make me some comfy pi’s so a pair and a robe to match are gonna be my early xmas present to myself…..got my heart set on making them in a lovely Liberty print though so I’ve started saving for now!!!

Have you started your autumn/fall plans…if so good luck, just compiling this list has give me the urge to get sewing…….. I hear the machine calling me.





Happy 2015


New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black background

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I hope that 2015 brings you hope, joy and creativity xx

For me I am setting myself some New Years goals, I started this last year and it was something that I could work towards, a small list that I looked at from time to time, a few items that I wanted in my life to enrich it. This blog was one of those things and even though it is still a work in progress it is actually a reality…yay!!

So this year I want to do a list that is sewing related and I wanted to outline it here, so it is out there……no going back.

I have been loving Gillian’s hit and misses of 2015 that the sewing blogs have been doing and it has gotten me thinking about my sewing output and how I feel about the things I make. This year I decided to make myself a christmas dress, so chose a lovely french pattern and some great paul smith cotton, I was full of excitement and hope, (like I guess I am before every project)t, and it wasn’t until half way through the make that I realise that the dress was ….meh, boring, unexciting and dull!! Now I did finish it (did I mention that the pattern was in french, and complicated…I was not going to be beaten people) and I did actually wear it (pictures later) but it made me think about how I get caught up in the thrill of a new project, the fabric, the pattern, the possibilities and lose the ability to see the reality of whether or not it will flatter me…..so the goals are:

  • -No plain dark fabrics
  • -More use of print and colour
  • -More thought to fit and what suits me
  • -To stash bust as much as possible!!! (ha ha This might be tough) joining this should help

I think this list ties in with a general feeling that I want to define my style a bit more, I am 42 now and even though I really don’t feel it, I do want to feel that I have a style (some style!!) I care less now than I did before about what others think and I want some fun in my wardrobe. I love that sewing your own clothes gives you the power to do this but I get a little lost with all the possibilities. I want to sew everything and sometimes lose the finer details in my rush to just create something new. I also think that I stay safe as I don’t always know what I want or how something will turn out.. So I’m willing this year to venture out of my comfort zone and inject some colour and pattern to the stash!!

So here’s to 2015…….let the sewing adventures commence!!!!