Carolyn: The Review

As a member of the wider Minerva Maker team, I receive emails every month or so with fabrics that they’d like showcased for their website. I’ve never seen anything that was perfect, until in October 2019 I saw The One. Read more about the story here, for this post will not be about the making…

The Elephant Pleiades

As mentioned before, I am on the wider Minerva Crafts blogger team, which means I get offered free fabric now and again, in return for a blog post. September’s lot was a good ‘un and I found a dream fabric for a wedding Joey and I were going to in November. I’d always know I…

First Fairfield Shirt

Although making a shirt for Joey had been mentioned casually before, it wasn’t at the top of my list until I found the most gorgeous checked brushed flannel in the Fabric Counter in Dublin during my annual city break with my sister. I knew there and then that the fabric was coming home with me,…

Grain Sweater

I feel like I start almost every blog post with this phrase: This has to be one of my favourite makes, ever! As in, did I actually just make that? Also known as true love. This jumper has been a delight to knit, has expanded my knitting skills, and I just utterly love the finished…

Morella Pants

Slowly but surely, I am getting my wardrobe to a place I am happy with. There are still a few items that I am lacking, and definitely some items that are in dire need of replacement (ripping my work trousers right across the bum, while wearing them, hasn’t helped this situation, but that’s a topic…

Gifted: Opian Vaulion Shorts

My mum is like me: she wears her clothing until they literally fall apart. She has just received my sister’s old machine, so can now do her own repairs, but recently she asked if I could make her shorts to fit, as her current pairs do need replaced. “Well, yes, absolutely!”, I said “It would…

Ginger Jeans

Once upon a time, I looked upon my wardrobe and said “I could really do with a pair of jeans.” Woe was me, for there were no trousers within my clothing collection that had that easy-wearing nonchalance of a nice pair of jeans. There is a reason that almost all wardrobes contain a pair of…

Tigery Winslow Culottes

In this story, the fabric came first. While back at my parent’s for Christmas, I spent a day in Edinburgh touring my favourite fabric shops. Unfortunately, most were still closed for the Christmas break, but my favourite – Remnant Kings – was open and had a wonderful selection. I chose this divine viscose: Radiance by…

Ursa Ursa

I can’t quite remember where this idea came from, but in mid-March I wrote in a letter to a friend “we should have a knit-a-long during Lockdown”. She loved the idea, logged onto Ravelry and found a pattern that we’d both favourited – the Ursa Sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak. We decided to extend the KAL…

Smartie Pants

I am sure there comes a time in most sewist’s lives where they think about the long-term sustainability of their hobby. We do not relentlessly need new clothes, indeed it is this consumerist society that has gotten society into hot water (environmental impacts of throw-away fashion), and although those of us making our own clothes…