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…

Nova Jumper

I am sure that I am not the only one that is feeling the need for more ‘comfort’ clothing during Lockdown. I have to admit that I have been drawn towards my elasticated waistbands (pietra shorts, culottes) and no waist-banded items of clothing (peppermint jumpsuit) and feeling much better for the relaxed dress code. April’s…

Keep the Tempo High!

Prior to lockdown and life as we know it ceasing to exist, I was getting really into going to the gym. I’ve always done a lot of yoga, and I have a very active job. However, neither of these were proving enough to keep me as fit as I was desirous of being. The gym…

Tie-Back Tank

It’s been a wee while since I’ve been at my sewing machine, and I was missing it. The rush of sewing before Dublin had lessened my need somewhat, but like all good hobbies it was always at the back of my mind. I’ve got a few challenging projects coming up soon, and I think that…

Ness(ie)

Well, firstly, this was an experience not to be repeated too often. Has your partner ever called him (or her) self a “sewing widower”? This skirt was the first time mine did. I cut out on the Friday night, and finished the Sunday evening. A whole weekend almost disappeared to my sewing machine, with short…

The Dazzling Azaire

This story starts with the fabric. On our annual holiday together, my sister and I always check out some fabric stores with the aim of bringing home some souvenirs. This delicious viscose/cotton fabric came from Stoff and Stil in Copenhagen, returning home with me in March 2019. I knew I’d make a light and floaty…

Leaf Blankets

Sometimes we makers long to make something, not because we have a need of that something, but because it so absolutely and perfectly meets our dreamtime aesthetics, that our desire becomes overwhelming. And so it was with Twig and Tale’s leaf blankets. Twig and Tale have a beautiful imagery associated with their brand. It’s the…

Sashaying along in Sasha

The Sasha Pants, by Closet Case Patterns, has long been on my radar. There’s something about them, in their simplicity, that’s very appealing. To top it off, they’re made in fabric with a slight stretch. What a dream! I added them to my Make 9 2020 plans, as I’d already ordered the fabric late last…

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…