The Project Room

One pattern, three garments, and a whole lot of lessons

11 July 2019

Last year, after realising that most of the items in my wardrobe weren’t working for me and my postpartum body, I embarked on a mission to fill in the gaps with me-made pieces. It was… Read more

FO: The Bubble Sweater

12 April 2019

It was a great relief to get my first garment project of 2019 off the needles while there’s still a little bit of a chill in the air. It was 2015 when I last made… Read more

FO: Ruffle blouse with jumbo polka dots

11 April 2019

It’s been a year since I started the process of decluttering and organising my sewing supplies, prompted by my friend Nadia Arbach’s excellent Declutter and Organise Your Sewing Space podcast (which has just started a… Read more

Sewing tiny clothes

8 March 2019

It’s been almost six months since I blogged about sewing projects. I feel like I have hardly had a moment to do any sewing, but counting them I have actually managed to churn out eight… Read more

FO: Azula hat

21 February 2019

After the minor disappointment of my recently completed hat being a little too snug, I still had a hat-shaped hole in my closet and something of a paradox to solve. I have come to realise that… Read more

FO: Cardamom Coffee hat

2 February 2019

If you’re both an avid colourwork knitter and a lover of hand-dyed yarn then the chances are you’re already a fan of designer Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks. Indeed, you may already have a few… Read more

FO: Liv cardigan in 'Shinjuku'

13 January 2019

A new FO was recently released from the needles and has already become a wardrobe staple. Meet Liv: I knitted two sweaters in 2018 not because I needed sweaters, but because I loved the patterns.… Read more

FO: Cauldhame Scarf in soft colours

10 October 2018

It's hard to believe this project was started in October 2015 and lay hibernating for almost 3 years before being rediscovered when I started decluttering my knitting supplies. Read more

The Big Deshash: Fabric Edition

19 September 2018

If your caught my interview on Clear the Decks’ podcast you may remember me mentioning feeling that, compared to my knitting materials which are very well organised, my sewing materials were in a bit of… Read more

New FO: Blend In, Stand Out fade shawl - see it in person!

12 September 2018

My Blend In, Stand out shawl is finished and blocked, and it’s a stunner! The pattern is, of course, by Therése Hedlund aka Brixton Purl and available from her Ravelry Store. This autumn, there are… Read more

Sewing FO: Gathered abstract-print skirt

5 September 2018

My latest sewing FO has been one of those rare projects where I had a spark of an idea in my head and it all came together without a real plan. I dreamt of  a… Read more

Choosing a new sewing machine

3 September 2018

You may remember that I was having problems with my sewing machine, with snapped needles, bad tension and jamming. To cut a long story short, went on a voyage of sewing machine discovery, and welcomed the Janome Atelier 3 into my home a a few weeks ago. Read more