Heaven in green linen

A forthcoming trip to Romania suddenly had me panicking about my summer wardrobe. Summers in Scotland, particularly in the Western Isles, tend to hover around the mid-teens to low-twenties (generally the lower end of that scale!) and so a full summer wardrobe is not normally necessary. Indeed, to be perfectly honest it’s the same clothes…

Super Suki

Well, I was fully expecting to be passing this on to a family member because I was so sure that it wasn’t very ‘me’. Instead, as part of a process that I really enjoyed, I have ended up with an utterly diving Suki kimono dressing gown that I just want to wear all the time….

Turia Dungarees – the real deal

I just finished a pair of dungarees! This is an item of clothing that I have wanted for a really long time, but being tall I was never sure I could pull it off. This was until this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Fest, at which I spotted the most gorgeous dungarees being pulled off extremely well…

the Grail

It’s something we all seek: the perfect t-shirt. Like jeans, trousers (in general) and underwear, t-shirt sewing was definitely in the category of “not yet” for me. Although I have ‘edited’ a few ill-fitting t-shirts in the past, they were never quite perfect so I wrote it off until I heard about Vesta Patterns. Vesta…

Linen Shirt

So Me-Made-May has brought a lot of joy into my life, including this shirt, view C of New Look 6266! I made this way back in 2014-ish time, and enjoyed it, but never loved it. Well, thanks to my personal challenge (wear at least 1 handmade item every day throughout May) I started reaching for this…

Machair top

Machair? A gaelic word meaning grassland, and it is used to name the flower meadows that are a Hebridean speciality. It’s one of the places I work, and in the summer the range of flowers is just dizzying. Of course, in this lovely printed fabric, there was nothing else for this top to be named!…

Alina Chi-town Chinos (Shorts)

Last night I finished the Chi-town Chino shorts, but they’re the first disappointing result I’ve had for quite a while. Firstly the pattern. I loved the look of it, but it hasn’t really worked very well for me, particularly with regards the waistband. The fly front insertion was the first I’ve ever done and I…

Turia Dress

My birthday trip to Copenhagen with my sister was the first time I’d been abroad in a fair while. I knew that to add to the celebration, I wanted to make an item of clothing to wear in the city. I’ve been wanting to make the Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice for ages, even going…

Colourful Culottes

What wonderful inventions are culottes! I absolutely adore wearing these, although I don’t often. They’re just over a year old now as I finished them in January last year, but as I was finding I never wore them, I have just dyed them! They’re made up in divine orange fine cord, which I purchased from…

Marcy Marcy – Vogue 8876

After a bit of a hiatus, this is the item that really got me sewing in my new house. I had chosen the pattern – Marcy Tilton Vogue 8876 – and cut out the fabric over a year before, on the floor of the living room in my previous house in Inverness. And while cutting…