Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winner of our giveaway

A huge thank you to everybody that entered our Christmas giveaway, here is Dinky Bo selecting the winner!

As you probably can't read what she is eating I am please to congratulate Sonia @ fabricandflowers
Sonia chose to make the Renfrew top in the cowl neck version with long sleeves in Forest marl roma jersey.
Perfect for this chilly weather!

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Another day another peplum

Peplum top

I may have mentioned this once or twice but I LOVE a peplum. Seeing Handmade Jane's blog about the Roma jersey got me thinking....Peplum tops don't have to be all shiny and smart, how about a nice snuggly peplum?

Mimi G did a lovely version of Vogue pattern 8815 in Cheetah denim, I have made this pattern before in Hermione fabric but I wanted mine to be a bit more cosy this time round.
The Roma jersey is ideal for this as it has quite a bit of body to it meaning that the peplum sticks out enough! This fabirc is also lovely and warm to wear in this freeeezing weather we are having. As I was using a jersey fabric I left out the zip at the back and just stitched all the way up the back seam, making sure that I used a stretch stitch to attach the peplum at the waist and round the neckline so I could get the top on. (Make sure that you cut the fabric the right way round so the stretch goes round you) 

As ever at some point I had to tackle the tricky curved hem, this time I opted to hand sew it, having tried a few different techniques, stitches and needles this was the best result.
I also drafted a facing for the neck rather than using the bias binding method in the pattern as I think this is a much nicer finish.

Fancy having a go at making a top out of the Roma jersey? Why not enter our Giveaway to win a Renfrew pattern and Roma jersey fabric in the colour of your choice?

peplum top pattern 8815

peplum top pattern 8815

peplum top pattern 8815

Happy sewing xxx


Ohhhh I get all excited when I get to give something away
I was so inspired by Handmade Jane's wonderful post about the Roma jersey  that I decided to make myself a top out of the Roma jersey. It is wonderful to sew with, so quick (It doesn't need finishing as it is a stable knit so won't fray) and when you wear it it is all warm and snuggly!
I am going to give away a wonderful Sewaholic Renfrew top pattern and Roma jersey fabric in the colour of your choice to make it. Hell I will even throw in a reel of thread to match so you won't have to leave the house to make this perfect winter top.
What colour would you pick Grey MarlBlack, Navy, Forest Marl or Aubergine?
The Renfrew is the perfect top pattern for those of you scared of sewing with jersey, it has clever bands round the hem and sleeve so no worries about wobbly bottoms *insert you own joke here* and the Roma jersey is the perfect fabric to make it with.


  • Follow my blog
  • Take a look at the Roma jersey
  • leave a comment below telling me which colour and version you would make this top in
  • That's it!
Important bits..
The closing date to enter is 15th December (that way you can get it in time for Christmas)

Each person may only enter once and winners will be selected by Dinky-Bo (watch this video to see how this selection process works)

If you are lucky enough to live overseas (not UK) you can still enter but you may be required to pay for postage if you win

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slim cut trousers - Hot Patterns review

Slim cut trousers

So these may have the longest pattern name in history Hot Patterns Classix Nouveau Dolce Vita Slim-Cut Pants...phew!  But the first thing you notice when you open the pattern envelope  is that it is printed on PAPER, yes real paper, like the kind you draw or print on, not wafer thin tissue that rips and crumples at every opportunity!

This makes them a pleasure to work with, and also last so much longer, which is just as well as I plan to  make many more pairs of these trousers.

I used a simple black cotton sateen fabric with a nice bit of stretch in it. Check out the pocket and waistband lining detail!I followed the longer length pattern with no back pockets (I always find back pockets like this scrunch up and make my bum look even bigger!)

!WARNING- Bold statement alert!
This pattern has the best zip fly instructions I have ever used, it came out perfectly!

I had to take the trousers in at the waist (A lot)I took in the sides and back seam and also added 2 pleats in the front as the pattern seems to be designed for someone with a slightly larger tummy than me. I love the pleat details at the front though I think they give a more stylish finish.

These are the perfect trousers, you can dress them up or down and could make them in so many fabrics, I think they would look great in a lovely brocade.

Slim cut trousersSlim cut trousersSlim cut trousers

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas swap ideas

How are you getting along with the Christmas swap? Not to worry if you haven't started yet here are some inspirational ideas for you.

Just a quick reminder of what you should be sending your swap partner.

Tree decoration - Something sparkly and pretty to hang from the tree
Personal adornment - Can be earrings, brooch, scarf, anything to make your swap partner look even more gorgeous for the party seasonSomething to make you feel fabulous - What puts a smile on your face and makes you feel really special? Handmade bathsalts for that 1 hour of me time? New nail varnish? 'Let me entertain you' - A joke, a fantastic party tune, a funny story, a magic trick, use your imagination...

 Oh no rachio!

Honestly WTF - lots of DIY projects

Cotton and curls

Or check out my Jingle bells Pinterest board

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Copying my favourite skirt

My favourite skirt is now 17 years old and still going strong. Every winter I pull it out of storage, send it to the dry cleaners and  wear the hell out  of it.

Fabric godmother pencil skirt
Look how my outfit tones with the pretty Autumn leaves...

It is such a classic, I love the double darts in the back (I am lucky enough to have a tiny waist, shame the same cannot be said about my hips!) so this is really flattering for me. It came from Monsoon back when I was a sales assistant at Accessorize and had to wear Monsoon clothes for work.

The slightly A line shape looks like a pencil skirt, but you can still walk in it - bonus!

As I love it so much I decided to try and replicate it in another fabric. I started off by drawing round the skirt, allowing a little extra fabric at the waist for the darts.

The cut 2 versions one of wool (See similar wool fabric here) and one from some old crepe de chine I had for the lining. (Since discovered not ideal as it is a little static with some tights!)

I added a narrow waistband stiffened with interfacing so it wasn't too bulky.

I am really please with how this turned out, it was so simple and I now have 2 favourite skirts!

Original skirt from Monsoon

Paper pattern

Weighting the pattern

Marking the waist darts

Sewing the waistband

Sewing the waistband

Sewing the waistband

Finished skirt

Skirt lining

Fabric godmother pencil skirt

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Charlotte skirt sewalong & Free shipping

If you haven't seen these fabulous patterns yet you will know all about them very soon.

Today I met Charlotte from By Hand London  for a coffee in Soho with a general chit chat about fabrics, patterns and all things sewing. And a bit of what it is like to start your own business thrown in (The good, the bad and yes the down right ugly)

She told me all about the 2 new patterns they launched last week.
The Charlotte, a high waisted pencil skirt complete with peplum or ruffle hem and the Elisalex, a scoop backed dress with fitted bodice and a tulip skirt. Both of which I am pretty sure will make it into my stable wardrobe collections very quickly.

The lovely girls are launching a Charlotte sewalong from Monday, WHAT I hear you cry that is too soon, I can never get myself together by then! Never fear the ladies assure me it is an easy pattern and you can catch up quickly. The whole sewalong is 6 steps and will be over before December and the party season kick in, and you will have a sexy new skirt to wear to all of these after work drinks.

Click on image to join sewalong

To make it even easier for you to get your pattern quickly I am offering FREE SHIPPING for either pattern until the end of next week. (That gives you a whole 7 days to gather what you need) Free shipping will happen automatically at the checkout.

So what are you waiting for order you Charlotte today....

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The new Chloé advert

Cholé advert

Is anybody else lusting over the new Chloe advert (or is that just me and my friends?) The girl on the left, the red trousers, the cream top with lace detail. I LOVE it!
As Chloe is a little out of my price range the top is £870 and the trousers £585 and both are already sold out on Net-a-porter (so I am not the only one who wants this outfit) I decided to have a go at making my own version of this outfit.

So far I have made the top using a simple long sleeve blouse, with a single button fastening at the back and long billowing sleeves. I used ivory crepe fabric for the blouse then double layered the front section with ivory lace fabric. The Chloe one has a nude lining and Ecru sleeves but I wanted something a little brighter. I couldn't find a simple blouse pattern like this anywhere (let me know if you have found one) I ended up drafting my own. 

I am still debating the red trousers, for now I will wear the top with a pair of black trousers and red suede shoes.

Red shoes

Fabric godmother top

Fabric godmother topFabric godmother top

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Payday FLASH SALE 25% off all fabric until Midnight Thursday

To celebrate Payday I am offering a massive 25% off all fabric on the website until Midnight on Thursday.
Take a look and grab yourself a bargain, simply enter the code PAYDAY at the checkout.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Coat with leather (ish) sleeves. Part one

In my post My first download(able sewing pattern) I talked about the Wool coat I was going to make with the Burdastyle pattern 101B

I have made a start on the coat but with no images and a brief page of instructions it has been a big challenge, a bit like getting up in the middle of the night in a strange hotel and trying to find the bathroom without stitching on the light. You know it's there you just need to feel your way very slowly
The pattern is labelled as Intermediate, however due to the minimal instructions I would say only tackle this if you are confident with revere collars.

Pattern pieces cut and ready to go
Here are all of the pieces cut and ready to go
I cut the wool fabric out no problem, but when it came to the faux leather (can I just say here I hate the word Pleather, anyone else?)there was more of a challenge. Pinning the fabric would leave holes and my chalk was simply not leaving a mark on the fabric. The solution was to turn the fabric inside out, so that the chalk would work and use weights to hold it down and draw round it that way round.

Cutting out the faux leather
Cutting out the sleeves
The first issue was sewing in the side pieces, with no notches on the pattern I couldn't tell which bit went in which side, eventually I just guessed and it seems to have all pulled together ok.

When I put the pockets in I found that using my zipper foot and moving the needle position meant that I could get much closer to the seam (the fabric I am using is pretty thick and getting it under a normal foot was tricky. 

Zipper foot on wool
Using the zipper foot meant I could get right into the seams
The next big step was the collar, after searching through every website and old pattern that mentioned revere collars it wasn't much clearer so I just followed the steps one at a time, tacking in place as I went to make sure the next bit made sense before committing it to my machine.

Even with the slow small steps I am not happy with how the collar has come out. There is a bit of a bump where the stand and the collar meet, so I think I am going to go back and unpick it and start again. What a pain  but it is such beautiful fabric I want it to be perfect (ish)

I am a self confessed lazy sewer, however if you are planning on making this coat I would really recommend making a toile first out of something like calico to make sure you have got it right.

Keep your eyes out for part two coming soon to see how the revised collar looks!

Looks ok from the back

Not bad from the front...

But wait, what is that big lump inside?

Happy sewing xxx

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet Tweet the birdie cushion (+ free pattern)

This weekend my friend Rebecka and her daughter Halo came over for a sewing day.
I worked on my coat with leather sleeves (more about this coming soon...) and Rebecka made a lovely Alma blouse in hot pink jersey with a navy trim (very cute) 

Tweet cushion

However Halo was the star of the day making this wonderful cushion, who she named Tweet! I thought I would share it with you, in case you have any budding sewers in your house who may like to make their own Tweet!

What you need:
PDF pattern
Piece of fabric for cushion (we used orange fleece fabric)
Scraps of fabric for the wings, eyes and heart
Faux leather for the eyeballs
Stuffing (I use budget pillows, much cheaper than buying stuffing)
Fabric glue, scissors and needle and thread

Sticking Tweet together
Sticking the bits together
  1. Down load the FREE pattern PDF 
  2. Fold your fleece or background fabric in half so It is 2 layers thick and trace round the pattern (you will need to flip the pattern over to do the second half)and cut out
  3. Cut out pieces of scrap fabric for the eyes, wings and heart and using the fabric glue stick them on
  4. Cut smaller circles in the faux leather and stick them on to make the eyeballs, then stick on a triangle of fabric for her beak
  5. Once the glue has dried put the back of the cushion on top of the front (right sides together)and stitch all round leaving an opening at the bottom of about 20cm (Halo sewd the cushion by hand then I quickly zipped round with the machine to make sure the stuffing wouldn't fall out)
  6. Turn the Cushion right side round
  7. Cut out 2 legs and stitch in place then stuff the cushion
  8. Finally sew together the gap at the bottom and you are ready to go.

Funny eyes
Funny eyes!

She loves Tweet
Look how much Halo loves Tweet

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My first download(able sewing pattern)

I can hardly believe it myself but I have never used a downloadable pattern before. So I decided it was high time I tackled that new experience.I love all of the coats in the shops at the moment with contrast sleeve so that is what I am planning on making.


I was recently given some amazing faux leather, it is wonderfully soft and looks so real (nobody will ever know)Perfect for the sleeves. For the body I am using the Aine wool from my website. 

I think Mr Fabric Godmother will be impressed, all of my other winter coats have 3/4 length sleeves, not very practical.

I will be using Burdastyle pattern Long wool coat 08/2012

First thing I noticed was how many A4 sheets I had to print off (44 to be exact) phew that is a lot of black ink, just as well I have a spare cartridge!
I found it easiest to tape up the paper pattern in stages, unless you have a massive house with a huge lounge floor I suggest you do the same. Be warned you will need a LOT of tape.

(There must be a whole tree there)

Once the whole thing was taped together I cut the pattern pieces out, not forgetting to add seam allowances as they are not included in the pattern. I then spent some time playing with the layout. As I am making the sleeves from a different cloth I was hoping not to need as much of the wool fabric. But the fabric I am using is a little narrower than the recommendatory 150cm wide fabric so I needed 2.30m. Still I got here in the end.

I think that is enough download excitement for this sewer this evening so I'm off to bed. Tomorrow I will be cutting the fabric - always the scary bit!

Happy sewing xxx