Sewing adventures: learning as I go along.

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 […]

Lab Coat in beautiful wool

I’m really pleased with this wool Lab Coat from The Assembly Line. It’s made in this beautiful soft wool kindly gifted to me by Minerva and will be perfect for autumn and spring. It’s really wearable, I can add layers and it’s cosy. It’s just the right length to go over a lot of my […]

Ilford Jacket was a struggle

I’m really happy with this finished Ilford Jacket from the Friday Pattern Company but it was not the most enjoyable sew and took many hours.The pattern is a simple design but I felt its construction techniques made it difficult to get a nice finish. For the boxy sleeves you sew them in flat and when […]

Sizing Cashmerette Appleton dress

I’ve had the Appleton Wrap Dress pattern from Cashmerette for several years but only getting around to it now. This was because I thought it would be tricky to fit for me, and it was, but I like the shape of the second version, blue with orange binding. The patterned one with blue binding is […]


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