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…

Machair top

Machair? A gaelic word meaning grassland, and it is used to name the flower meadows that are a Hebridean speciality. It’s one of the places I work, and in the summer the range of flowers is just dizzying. Of course, in this lovely printed fabric, there was nothing else for this top to be named!…

Alina Chi-town Chinos (Shorts)

Last night I finished the Chi-town Chino shorts, but they’re the first disappointing result I’ve had for quite a while. Firstly the pattern. I loved the look of it, but it hasn’t really worked very well for me, particularly with regards the waistband. The fly front insertion was the first I’ve ever done and I…

Turia Dress

My birthday trip to Copenhagen with my sister was the first time I’d been abroad in a fair while. I knew that to add to the celebration, I wanted to make an item of clothing to wear in the city. I’ve been wanting to make the Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice for ages, even going…

Colourful Culottes

What wonderful inventions are culottes! I absolutely adore wearing these, although I don’t often. They’re just over a year old now as I finished them in January last year, but as I was finding I never wore them, I have just dyed them! They’re made up in divine orange fine cord, which I purchased from…

Marcy Marcy – Vogue 8876

After a bit of a hiatus, this is the item that really got me sewing in my new house. I had chosen the pattern – Marcy Tilton Vogue 8876 – and cut out the fabric over a year before, on the floor of the living room in my previous house in Inverness. And while cutting…

Antlers

My second bottom-up cardigan, this has had a very heavy rotation this winter. As in, never-off-my-back rotation. It’s knitted from incredibly warm Hebridean wool, which is a natural black – so soft, almost dark brown, with the occasional white hairs. It’s a wee bit itchy, but that’s a price worth paying for something that is…

Cropped Cardigan

Way back in July 2017 I decided to recreate a cardigan that I had had and loved as a student. I found it immensely useful, and wore it often. Now, I cannot remember what happened to it, but I definitely wanted another version. The cardigan in question was tight fitting, cropped and very simple. It…

New Blog

Hi all! After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing I have finally taken the first step into starting a making blog! I already write a blog on environmental hope over at Heathery Bean, but this is my first foray into writing about the things I create. I’ve been a maker for my whole life, but started seriously…