The Story of the Monstrous Robe

I’d had the idea for a while: make a personalised version of a DryRobe, that I could use for swimming outdoors, uniquely suited to my needs. My dream: the basic idea of a DryRobe, but with an absorbent inside (the official has poly fleece inner) that I can use to dry myself with, and making…

Memories and Dreams

It was, dare I say it, time for another experiment. I love stretching my skills, trying out new things and working towards a particular vision. And this is something that had been in my head for a long, long time: a casual (but smart), indoor waistcoat for wearing over dresses and light jumpers for a…

Makers Gonna Make

The Sienna Maker Jacket, by Closet Case Files, jumped all of my queues. It was the jacket of my fantasies and at first I couldn’t get View A out of mind. But, do I really need a long-line, but lighter weight (it’s unlined) jacket? Not right now. Hence, maker’s guilt was high. One morning in…

Fisherman’s Vest for a wee Adventurer

I’ve always loved the outdoorsy, scrap-busting aspects of Twig and Tale. Their aesthetics are just gorgeous, full of images of healthy children and adults, having fun in their beautiful hand-made clothes, in environments that are just divine (think wild woodlands, breezy coastlines and nature to sooth the soul). My nephew’s fourth birthday was approaching, and…

Winter Moderne

I’ve talked about this plenty over the past few months, but it finally happened! I made my coat. It’s been many years since I had a smart winter coat, which means I often feel rather tatty when I would actually like to look nice. The Moderne coat by Blueprints for Sewing caught my eye a…