Category Archives: Stitched



I’ve finally made a start on the Elisalex dress and I’m damn excited to be using the fabulous purple taffeta (!!) that has been hidden away far too long.

Why yes, that is a velvet flocked spot you see.

And yes, I have been listening to music from the eighties again. Let’s hope I don’t find any tulle.


Tessuti Gridlock Competition


Watson Jacket baby – done did! I totally sewed the hell out of this pattern.





I’m glad I’m not the only one who was cutting this deadline fine, lots of great garments are popping up on the Pinterest board right now. With 33 minutes to spare I emailed these appalling photos to Tessuti. Natural light – who needs it!

Well obviously me, rather desperately. This is what you get for leaving it to the last minute…again.

I’d like to make this one again, but in a black fabric with a less jaunty capelet and no sleeves.

I’m not going to lie, this fabric is not me. But it was good to have this challenge as a motivator.


Oh, and it’s bigger on the inside. Well I say bigger, I mean lined.

March sewing plans


After deciding to make the Watson Jacket for the Gridlock Sewing Competition, Sunday night I went right ahead and cut out the pattern in a small. Yep, I cut out the pattern with NO TRACING! (I hear you gasping).

With the 3rd of April deadline looming I was spurred on by the number of pieces. Basically I got lazy and couldn’t fathom tracing all 15 of them.


Heady at the recklessness of it all (and possibly the beer), I saved the fabric cutting for the next morning. I still need to cut the lining and fuse the interfacing before I get started on this sucker. The instructions read well and I’m hopeful this will go together quickly once I get to the machine.


I have also decided I absolutely MUST make a Elisalex Dress while By Hand London have their sewalong happening. What….that could totally happen. I’ll make it work.


Image: By Hand London

Knickers Baby!

I’m sitting at my computer, it’s late and I’m typing this post in my new knickers. They are fancy and I’m feeling pretty good.


Image – Liberty London

Wait….where did your mind go? Not that type of good.

Of course I’m referring to The Makers’ Journal ‘Tried and True’ knickers. I mentioned them in a previous post and I’ve now made 2 pairs. I think I am converted to hand made pants.


The pattern encourages the use of Liberty Fabrics (fabulous!). The only reason I haven’t here is because I wanted to make a few test pairs before going crazy with the tana lawn. And crazy I might just go, because I really really like these.

Like enough to post a bottom photo? I think so.





After spending 2 weeks on my dining room table this sucker is done. The verdict – I freaking love it! This is the second Victory Pattern I’ve used and again no major modifications were needed. I cut a size 8 and pretty much followed the instructions step by step. This was a nice easy project, aimed at beginners. Nothing was too challenging here, even the curved sleeve hems were stress free.

The only thing I did different was to reinforce the button holes at the sides.


Skinny 2 inch long fusible interfacing to renforce buttonhole. It’s not visible from the outside.

The Satsuki reminds me of the Black Milk butterfly top, except it’s not quite as slinky. However the cotton/ rayon blend does have some good drape going on.



The fabric I picked up by chance from the remnant pile. I scored 2.6 metres for half the original cost. Addicted to Fabric win!

I’m just going to go ahead and post a bunch of out of focus photos now. This is what you get for engaging a 7 year old photographer. I resisted the urge to pretty them up with fuzzy, shiny filters.

Happy days x

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Oh my glob Melissa!

crotch + wrinkles = crinkles

This week has been a little hard. How hard? Returning to teaching after an 8 week break hard. Work and training has taken up a large chunk of my week, and that’s okay because I like both these things. But they haven’t left a lot of time for sewing.


So in the absence of new shiny sewn things, I thought I’d share some old projects. These are two outfits I wore this week. Not feeling the style vibe? I wasn’t feeling it either. The Clover pants had some fitting issues (namely being I cut a size too small) and the A line skirt just isn’t me.


I’m not ready to give up on the Clovers yet, especially after seeing these ones. I need to address the dreaded crotch lines and I think sizing up will solve this.


I do however adore the Wiksten Tank, made here from a stripy silk purchased at Tessuti Fabrics. There are many amazing versions of this tank and I don’t feel I have anything new to add in the way of a review. I do plan on making a dress version soon to layer for the cooler months.

Make Something Monday

My day so far. I’m on a steep knicker elastic learning curve. I’m also contemplating dresses. I hope your Monday morning has been super. I think I might make ‘make something Monday’ a regular thing.

What are you making today?