A Christmas Camber

At the end of November I visited The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate for the third year. I guess the longer I sew, the more knowledgeable I become in terms of the types of fabric available as well as what constitutes a decent price. This year I was quite restrained and after doing a... Continue Reading →


A Pair of Pennies 

A couple of months ago I joined the Sew Over It PDF club, even though I typically prefer buying printed patterns. When the Penny Dress was released I knew I wanted to make one. Once I'd printed and assembled the pattern I realised I needed wide fabric, which restricted what I could use from my... Continue Reading →

Holiday Heathers 

A week away meant lots of opportunity for photos with pretty backdrops, so this post is just to show you two more Sew Over It Heather dresses. They are both quite colourful, made of scuba type fabrics from Fabworks at around £5pm. I'd got 2m of the darker print but have also figured out it's... Continue Reading →

Heather Heather 

The summer break from school, combined with the first signs of autumn and a couple of newly acquired patterns, means I've recently sewn up several garments. Two have been photographed, two are finished and ready for photos and another is cut out so I can begin sewing it up. I'll be blogging them in no... Continue Reading →

The Doris Dress

Hello! My first post in a very long time, and uncharacteristically I'm blogging about a garment I've made this week - wonders will never cease.  Let's cut to the chase. The pattern is the Sew Over It Doris Dress, which I purchased last year as a PDF. I printed and assembled the pattern a while... Continue Reading →

The Road Taken ~ Photo Challenge 

There couldn't be a more ordinary commute than the route I walk to work each day. I pass houses, car forecourts and small businesses, and most days I inhale the morning air but observe nothing of note.  This photo was taken one morning when the sky decided to do something just a little unusual.and breathtaking. My... Continue Reading →

Trails v Treadmill

I've been planning on writing this post for a little while, and as it's half term plus I've just finished reading Born to Run, now seems to be the ideal time. I toyed with the title Trails Trump Treadmill, but, despite my love of alliteration, the risk of being associated with anything Donald caused me... Continue Reading →

Against the Odds ~ Photo Challenge 

This photo was taken on a beach in Northern France back in September. We'd spent ages laying out leftover baguette and crisps for the gulls who swooped overhead, until finally I snapped this ~ just on my phone. We'd begun tossing pieces of bread up in the air to tempt/taunt the birds into coming nearer.... Continue Reading →

Shadow ~ Photo Challenge 

My entries for this week's photo challenge were taken in the better weather, when shadows tend to be longer and even in England we see more of the sun.  The first image was taken on one of my usual dog walking route, in a very ordinary car park.  The second photo was taken during an... Continue Reading →

Solitude ~ Photo Challenge 

This photo of a cormorant was taken at Clumber Park a few months ago, when I was experimenting with my new zoom lens.  Solitude: sometimes you have to go out on a limb to find some peace. 

A voucher code for Feel Unique 

Just incase you're thinking of purchasing any new makeup or skincare, here's a link to get 15% off when you shop online at Feel Unique. It worked out the best value for the products I'd been searching for so thanks to the discount I placed a sizeable order. I've used Feel Unique previously and always... Continue Reading →

Running (with dogs)

Since taking up running last April there have been lots of pluses for me, (fitness, weight, energy levels) but there have also been a couple of minuses. If you've been here from the start you'll know that this blog was first and foremost created as a sewing blog, in order to share my makes with... Continue Reading →

Repurpose ~ Photo Challenge 

Just before Christmas my mum and I visited Salt's Mill near Bradford, a huge old mill which now runs as a gallery and book shop, amongst other things. I believe Saltaire is a world heritage site. 

Ambience ~ Photo Challenge 

Although it was taken in autumn, the sunset and golden light streaming through the trees definitely reminds me of the ambience of a warm summer's day, and long dog walks as the light fades. 

The M Dress

The M Dress is the metallic dress. I made this back in the summer, and actually cut it out on the last night of my summer holiday in Scotland, but sewed it up at home. The fabric was around £6pm and the pattern is a Cynthia Rowley 2406, view C. I've worn this dress twice, once... Continue Reading →

Names – first photo challenge of 2017

Here's my entry for the first photo challenge of the year. It's a vintage cardboard box that I use to store Christmas decorations. It originally came from my grandparents house from when my mum was a little girl. I love the retro design, and the provenance. 

The L Dress 

An exceptionally short post - I present to you the L Dress. It's a Bettine made from some viscose type fabric purchased from The Textile Centre a few months ago. I've not tried to hide the fact that I'm majorly behind with blogging my makes, and this is illustrated by the fact that I made... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Me? No thanks.

Yes it's the third of January already, but I've been mentally planning this post for a good few days, and finally found the time to write it. I'm sure your social media news feeds are awash with similar content to mine; lots of resolutions to change, make more, do more, eat less, cleanse, be mindful,... Continue Reading →

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