A running round up of 2017

It's almost the end of February and only now am I getting around to writing a post about last year. Now the days are pulling out, there's a touch of warmth in the sun and green tips are beginning to poke their way up through the frosty gardens. Last year was my first full year... Continue Reading →


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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Path ~ Photo Challenge 

Much of my time is spent walking (or running) on footpaths and trails. This photo was taken mid-dog walk, on a warm day in late spring. It's by no means a scenic location but it reminds me to look for beauty in the most unlikely locations. 

The K Dress 

Judging by the date of my first photo of this make, it's more than SIX months since I completed the K Dress - the Kriss Kross dress. I know, I'm bending the rules of the title slightly, but it turns out K is a tricky letter to work with.  It's another Simplicity 1873, lined bodice,... Continue Reading →

New Horizon ~ Photo Challenge 

This week's photo challenge talks about making plans and resolutions. Reflecting over the past year I'm struck with a realisation - that it is crucial to do what you love and love what you do.  My chosen photo therefore is from an event this week. Children and families spent an evening after school creating Christmas... Continue Reading →

The J Dress

So it's (past) mid November and I am sooo behind in terms of sewing, blogging and generally being organised. I've decided to blog my J Dress without photos of it being worn, mainly because the wintry weather (it snowed - or at least sleeted - yesterday) means I won't be wearing this summery make again... Continue Reading →


The prompt for this week's photo challenge is magic.  The first photo I've chosen was taken a couple of weeks ago during a school visit to Sherwood Pines. To me these chairs had a definite air of wizardry and magic.  I've chosen this second one because of the magic that's intrinsic to the subject -... Continue Reading →

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