Slowly but surely…

…I’m regaining energy and mojo for sewing.  The new job is going very well- as exhausting and time-greedy as I expected, but I’m finding my feet quickly, the kids are fine, and staff are a real team, which is amazing. I’m wearing my return-to-work wardrobe, which mixes and matches to great effect, and I get … Continue reading Slowly but surely…

Toni! Toni!

Nope, not that. Not that either DEFINITELY not that   That’s the one! I loved this design when it came out, good old Style Arc…but despite making two versions, I simply could not get it to drape at the sides the way it looks in the drawing.  The first was in a  red textured knit, … Continue reading Toni! Toni!

Nina Nina Ninaaaaarrrrr

That was me playing at being a police car.  Ahem.  Enjoy this for a moment while I compose myself Style Arc ‘Nina’ cardigan in a totally LUSCIOUS striped knit from the good old Italian Textile Company on eBay. Their description: KINE KNITTED JACQUARD WEFT STRIPE KNIT  MEDIUM WEIGHT   By  MAGLIFICIO RENATA SRL MODENA MADE … Continue reading Nina Nina Ninaaaaarrrrr

Afternoon Delight

Another blouse from the Jennifer Lauren ‘Afternoon Blouse’ pattern.  This was whizzed up in an hour or so using more of the delicious shot-aqua silk dupion which used to be a curtain.  I’ve previously made my absolute favourite steampunk top from this fabric, remember it? I was absolutely knackered when I made this, after a … Continue reading Afternoon Delight


Mimi G wardrobe pattern- #1:   T shirt in purple knit Simple, loose fitting, V neck.  This is actually the 2nd version.  The first in a khaki green knit remnant form the Jersey Lady in Birmingham market, apparently originally River Island, was  a bit of a mess on the neckband, and in any case, the missus … Continue reading Mimi-ME!


Tomato/tomata… Irrelevant to the dress, but I love the song.  There’s an interview with Peter Gabriel where he describes the song’s origins- I just know it makes the hairs on my neck stand up, good enough for me! Back to the sewing: Style Arc ‘Jacinta’ maxi dress, poly jersey, heavy ponte, quite beefy.  I got … Continue reading Jacinta/Jacinto