Sewing adventures: learning as I go along.

Bias-bound waistband

A couple of people have asked me about the waistband finished with bias binding.So here is how I do it. Major caveat – I’m completely self-taught so this is just how I like to do it. It’s not an official method! Pics below, but here is a quick slideshow I cut the waistband longer than […]

Muna and Broad Waikerie Duster

A real pleasure to sew and wear Okay, I adore this! It’s a duster version of the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt/Dress. Because I’m wearing it as a spring/summer coat and probably mostly open, I did Hong Kong binding on all the seams, the hem and the pocket edges and it was worth the trouble. […]

Cashmerette Club Gilmore Skirt

I’m so delighted with this CashmeretteClub Gilmore Skirt and I’ll be making it again. I’ve never owned a circle skirt before so I was pretty excited to try it on when finished and it didn’t disappoint. I know you can calculate a circle skirt yourself but this pattern does all the work for you. And […]

Cashmerette Club Kimball Bomber Jacket

Phew! My Cashmerette Club Kimball Bomber Jacket is finished. And it’s a pretty amazing jacket. If you’re going to sew this I strongly urge you to make a muslin of the bodice as it is a lot of work and it would be a shame if it didn’t fit in the end. The pattern is […]

Lustrous wool Hope Dress for winter

I’m pretty pleased with this Style Arc Hope Dress in a 99% wool 1% spandex from Sew Irish – Wild Ireland Haberdashery.This fabric has the sheen, drape and comfort of silk but the warmth of wool. It’s a very dark inky navy, almost black.I don’t usually wear belts, but I think I might need to […]

The Assembly Line Multi-Sleeve dress

I absolutely love the final fit of this Assembly Line Multi-sleeve Midi dress but it took a couple of muslins and a good bit of tracing to get there.The fabric is a lovely wool twill with a little stretch that was kindly gifted to me by the New Craft House. I think this works really […]

Grainger Coat is great pattern for tricky fabric

I’m relieved and delighted that this Muna and Broad Grainger Coat turned out so well. The pattern posed no problems at all, but this treble layer fabric was challenging.I’m between D and E on M&B patterns but I wanted to be able to wear multiple layers so went with straight size E. I lengthened the […]

Seamwork Tacara:great easy-to-wear dress

Grey wool-mix jersey with red trim on the left; pink is brushed cotton sweatshirting. Viscose-mix ponte on the left; and more wool-mix jersey on the right. The orange fabric is cotton ribbing. I’ve been having fun making the Seamwork Tacara. It’s such a quick project and so easy to wear. It also makes up well […]

Tarawi number 3 – learning to sew shirts

This is my third Tarawi Shirt from Muna And Broad and I absolutely love it. I was new to shirts, but each one gets a little easier and needs less ripping as I go along!This cotton poplin was perfect for this project and it is such an easy fabric to manage – particularly good for […]

Assembly Line Box Pleat Dress works well in wool suiting

This is the Assembly Line Box Pleat Dress and I got it out of 2.5 metres, as the pattern suggests. The front is cut in two pieces, which helps to get the most from the fabric.This wool suiting is an absolute dream to wear, it floats like silk, but has the warmth of wool. As […]


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