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…

The Elephant Pleiades

As mentioned before, I am on the wider Minerva Crafts blogger team, which means I get offered free fabric now and again, in return for a blog post. September’s lot was a good ‘un and I found a dream fabric for a wedding Joey and I were going to in November. I’d always know I…

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…

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…

Pieced

Well, this was a great experiment! I loved the fabric I used to make Suki robes for my mum and sister last Christmas so much that I saved every scrap. When I tried on my Pietra Shorts with my first version of New Look 6459 reminded me about how much I liked that top, even…

Wrist Warmer Grail

To have a reliable t-shirt pattern is like gold dust and this pattern is an absolute favourite. I wear jersey tops most days, which means that my previous incarnations of the Grail are some of my most worn items of clothing. Both are holding up to the rigors of life really well, and I’m delighted…

Disco ball ceilidh

As a rather casual dresser, formal events can be a great excuse to really dress up and go for it, but it can also be a bit of a head scratcher in terms of working out what I want to wear. It was during Julie Fowlis‘ brilliant set at Runrig’s Last Dance at Stirling Castle…

Geometric Ogden

I am rather late to the True Bias Ogden party, but hey ho, better late than never! This is another part of my summer wardrobe for Romania, but as I often layer quite a few layers for the Hebridean winter, I am sure this will get far more use than just as a summer piece….

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…