Green Gingham Gorgeousness

Well, goodness, it’s been a time! And I have missed blogging, I have missed making, and I have missed you, my lovely readers. It is nice to be able to pick up my hobbies again after a time of chaos, and . After a period of calm in our Air B ‘n’ B house in…

Overall the 2020 Nonsense – The Greta Dungarees

One of my favourite items of clothing to wear has to be dungarees. They are comfy, unrestrictive, and while they do pose some issues for someone that works outside (I have to take off my outer layers in order to use the toilet (tmi?)), they’re worth the effort, especially as we come into spring when…

Shona Beatha

Well, this was a wee breath of fresh air. A new-to-me couple of sewing companies (it’s a collaboration), a very indulgent sew (it’s a wee bit of a crazy make) and utterly gorgeous fabric, all combined to make a mad, wonderful, beautiful item that I love to pieces. This is the Shona Romper by Pipedream…

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…

Zircon of Gold

You know that feeling: you’ve been out for a cold and wintery walk, staying in a bothy or working out of doors. You come home and you shower or wash, put on your comfiest leggings and reach for the biggest, cuddliest jumper you own. Then, hand-knitted socks are pulled onto your tired feet, and you…

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…

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…

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…

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…