After an Autumn-Winter hiatus, I’m looking forward to catching you up on some makes from what I’ve started to term ‘My Crafty Hibernation’.
I’m slowly finding out that my making has a very seasonal quality – furniture restoration is firmly rooted in warm summer’s eves between sips of a G&T, while knitting snuggled up in front of movie with a hot chocolate is my activity of choice for the winter. No surprises there, really. So, while I’ve only been making at a snail’s pace for the last 3 months, I have been making.
First, I thought I’d share with you the pinnacle of my 2015 making – The Handmade Fair, and boy, what a perfect way to top off a busy Spring/Summer and get the creative juices flowing.
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There were moments when I might have cheerfully taken the garden shears to this skirt, but now that the final stitch is done I’m starting to see it as a valuable learning experience. The Simplicity 1200 is a 3/4 circle … Continue reading #MadeUp Initiative: Simplicity 1200 skirt
Introducing Lou Lou, a brand spanking new pattern from English Girl At Home’s, Charlotte. Her first, in fact. This little lady saw me through a garden party (ahem, BBQ ’round me mate’s house) a couple of weekends ago and has set a new record for being my fastest make yet. For the foodies among us, you’ll be pleased to know that this dress comes with lots of ease to accommodate a food baby. This ‘design feature’ was very welcome at said BBQ. Continue reading “English Girl At Home’s new pattern: Lou Lou dress”
Last Friday marked the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, which with a death toll exceeding 1000 people is considered the deadliest garment factory accident in history. Remembering the lives lost in this disaster has once again brought the issue of fast fashion and the ethical practice, or otherwise, of the garment industry to the forefront. Just some of the blog posts that have caught my eye in recent weeks are Charlotte of english girl at home’s post about a few missed stitches she found in a RTW garment, and how it reminded her that the clothes we don’t make … Continue reading Ethical consumerism doesn’t have to be an oxymoron
So, an email just popped up in my inbox reminding me about The Handmade Fair coming up in September, and moments later my ticket to see the glitterati of the crafting world was booked. It was a ‘blink and you’ll … Continue reading The Handmade Fair is coming!
I’m often extremely guilty of keeping my dressmaking projects in the planning pipeline for so long, that by the time I take the plunge my new make is completely out of sync with the season we’re in – think woolly jumpers … Continue reading A winter Coco
Many moons ago I promised to introduce you to a little guy called Tim, made especially for my new, little guy, Theo. And here he is… My nephew Theo’s new companion is made from the Simplicity 9524 pattern and is … Continue reading Introducing…Tim, the space bear!
So, here I am…finally! I’ve fancied dipping my toes into the blogosphere for some time but, as is so often the case, life has well and truly wedged itself in the way. Nevertheless, I’ve given life a bit of a … Continue reading Welcome to my world!