A Trio of Baby Wear

Pregnancy is a funny time. On one hand, for most of the pregnancy I was able to do most of what I previously had done. But for some reason my urge to create went out the window until quite late on in the third trimester. Perhaps it was my changing body, so creating things for…

A bumpy Jocko

For this project again, the fabric came first. So far in advance that I had no idea what I’d make with it, but I just knew it would be a good ‘un. I saw it in Bawn, a fantastic, ethical fabric shop based in Glasgow. This fleece-backed sweatshirt fabric was in the sale as a…

A Shawl fit for a Wedding (almost)

My now-husband was on Uist and I was home alone, tired (first trimester) and grumpy. And I got a notion in my head that this was the perfect time to start knitting a shawl to wear at our wedding. I found a pattern after a brief search on Ravelry, found some beautiful wool and ordered…

Sashuria: Maternity Trousers

Phew, buckle yourself up pal, because this is gonna be a rollercoaster! The brief: Maternity Trousers suitable for outdoor, practical work. The inspiration: my worn out Sasha corduroy trousers, a pair of Quechua maternity walking trousers, a pair of Next maternity jeans. Okay, so I am pregnant. I am at 20 weeks when I write…

To Dance under the Stars

Sometimes a dream does come true. Two memories: the first, reading one of my favourite books, Sunset Song, at the age of about 15. And loving the whole book, but I remember reading about Chris Guthrie’s wedding and thinking ‘that sounds like the perfect wedding’. If you’re Scottish, you will almost certainly have read the…

Sunday Sweater

Well, this story started with the fabric. I saw it advertised on Instagram and was immediately besotted, for this ecovero is astoundingly beautiful. Some of the drapiest fabric I have ever worked with, it was a joy from purchase to finished make. Bought from Bawn*, I purchased 1.5metres, but I was buying it blind, unknowing…

To Wrap Oneself in Joy

Ah, how to start this story, saga really, that has been ongoing for 8 months, has been an emotional rollercoaster and has finally been completed? This is the Pirta cardigan from Anna Johanna’s beautiful book A Strand of Joy. A cardigan that never caught my eye until suddenly it did, and I am still obsessed….

‘Tis the Season for Jolene

The Jolene dress by Ready to Sew came to my attention sometime last November, when the extension pack was released. I just loved the Victoriana-inspired pattern, with the dramatic length, elegant tiers and puffy sleeves. I ordered fabric via my family secret santa and got to dreaming. Sadly the ordered fabric had almost completely sold…

Turia, take 3

This fabric had not been chosen with a dungaree dress in mind. In fact, I was after wide wale corduroy to make another pair of work trousers, but when this arrived (from Sew Yarn Crafty in Dunfermline) I knew it wasn’t right for that idea. I still loved the fabric though and was looking for…

Made to Work

I had one full day, and two evenings. Was it possible? That was the challenge. The goal? The following Saturday I was running a Scything Festival at my work, and I had in my head that a cropped, narrow, corduroy culotte was what I wanted to wear. Actually, we need to reverse further than that….