Posts about sewing

Summer sewing part 2: The rub off

19 June 2018

On a high after the success of my last sewing project, I thought I’d try something more ambitious while being small enough to be achievable in my very limited sewing time. This top is a… Read more

Sewing FO: Summer top with front pleats

20 May 2018

Since making a wedding dress for my good friend Zöe back in 2010 (wow, that was a long time ago) I have done embarrassingly little sewing. This has nothing to do with the wedding dress… Read more

Handmade garments for the most special of days

9 December 2015

It’s a big responsibility making a garment for someone to wear on their wedding day, but I’ve been honoured to have made several make several, from a simple cardigan: …to a full-blown bespoke wedding dress in… Read more

The Knitting & Stitching Show 2015: Fabric and sewing highlights

12 October 2015

The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace is a quilter’s dream, but I can’t help but feel that contemporary dressmaking is a little under-represented. Never the less I did stumble upon some interesting fabric finds… Read more

Swag from The Knitting & Stitching Show

31 March 2014

Despite my penchant for all things stitch-related, I have never before been to a craft-related exposition. The Knitting & Stitching Show runs a large event at Alexandra Palace, London every October and a smaller, sister… Read more

Projects re-united

30 January 2013

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit some friends in Cornwall, and spotted a cushion I’d made for them some years ago. As someone who loves to give handmade gifts, it’s odd to… Read more

A new (old) coat

23 September 2012

Summer is a great time for thinking about your winter wardrobe, if you can face it. A few weeks ago I picked up a fantastic, long, military style, wool coat in a local charity shop.… Read more

Mending season

22 October 2011

It’s that time of year when woollens are brought out of hibernation to provide much-needed warmth. In my house this involves nasty surprises; the annual moth damage inspection has revealed several casualties this year. The… Read more

From skirt block to garment

2 May 2011

I’m half way through making the first of many skirts from my own custom block. After drafting a block from my measurements, fitting and adjusting a toile, and copying the adjustments back onto paper, I… Read more

Pattern cutting: Skirt block worksheet

1 May 2011

Recently I hosted a pattern cutting workshop on drafting a basic skirt block from body measurements. The first time I did this was for the I made last summer. I found the hand-outs from the… Read more

Patchwork day

14 February 2011

It’s been a long time since I did any ‘proper’ patchwork, by that I mean hand sewn. It was a hobby of mine when I was younger; my mum had an amazing collection of small… Read more

Boutique open!

24 November 2010

The Stitched Up Boutique is now open for business! I’ve added a few of my one-off, handmade bags and wallets. I have a very limited number of these and I wont be making more, so… Read more