• DIY Rucksack Sewing Pattern
    Fashion,  Sewing

    DIY Backpack Pattern in Pretty Girls Sew Magazine

    A little while ago I was asked by the lovely Tabitha from Pretty Girls Sew to contribute to the first edition of their digital magazine which I was very excited about! Pretty Girls Sew is a fab sewing blog founded by Yetunde, Crystal, Tabitha, Jenell and Miesha and is a great place for sharing your sewn creations with other sewing enthusiasts plus getting inspiration for new creations. I was really honoured to be asked to contribute, the Pretty Girls Sew magazine is now available to read digitally and it’s so good, I can’t wait to read the next edition! As I’ve been lusting after a smart rucksack for a while…

  • Free Midi Sewing Pattern
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    Free Midi Skirt Sewing Pattern

    I’m so glad that midi skirts have come back in fashion, they’re elegant and comfortable and are appropriate for most situations. They’re also relatively straight forward to sew so I thought that a free midi skirt sewing pattern would be a great download to share with you. You need: Printer 12 sheets of A4 Paper Scissors Pins Tailor’s chalk 3m of your chosen fabric Iron on interfacing Sewing machine 7″ zip Use this link to download the free midi skirt sewing pattern. The  sewing pattern includes a half inch seam allowance that isn’t shown. The pattern is a size 10 but I’ve included some tips on scaling the pattern up…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration

    Fruit Print DIY Inspiration

    One thing you may not know about me is that I don’t like fruit. Ever since I was a baby I have hated the texture of fruit and veg and have never managed to find a single one that I could eat. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavour of fruit but can only consume it in juice or smoothie form or in sweets and ice creams! So it comes as a bit of a surprise to me to say that I’m obsessed with fruit – fruit prints that is! Perfect for summer, the fruit print adds a whimsical touch of colour to any garment and is so prevalent…

  • McCalls-5850-Summer-Dress-Pattern-Review-FI
    Fashion,  Sewing

    McCalls 5850 Summer Dress Pattern Review (From A Bedsheet!)

    This month finances have been  tight, there have been car repairs and furniture buying, road tax and travel. All of this boring, necessary, grown up spending didn’t leave much room for me to buy fun and crafty things or to buy new clothes. Upcycling is at the heart of crafting, so when I wanted to make a new summer dress and couldn’t really justify spending any money on new fabric, I had a scout round the house for household textiles that I could use instead. After eyeing up the curtains in various rooms (and only being put off by the laboriousness of having to make new ones) I came across…

  • Leather T-Shirt
    Fashion,  Sewing

    Newly Made: Leatherette T-Shirt Top

    I needed to find a use for the leftover punched leatherette fabric that I used to make the dungaree dress so, with a couple of hours spare on a Saturday morning, I whipped up a leather look t-shirt. I’d bought this Vogue V8916 sewing pattern for the skirt suit but, as it turns out, it’s great value for money as this T-Shirt pattern is a real gem! (I haven’t got round to making the suit yet.) There are only four pattern pieces and no difficult joins. The sleeves need a bit of easing but only a very minimal amount. It took me less than two hours to cut out the pattern,…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Dip Hem Skirt (Reblog)

    scissorsandthread: Sheer Gathered High-Low Skirt | Prudent Baby I know it doesn’t look it, but this is a very easy sewing project to do! The combo of sheer fabric and elasticised waist also means it’s going to be comfy and cool to wear in Summer. Oh yes, plus I love the way this is styled with the gingham shirt, so cute! Love this – probably won’t bother with the dip hem as I think perhaps that trend has had its day but sheer skirts are so feminine and summery. It looks so good with the gingham shirt too. This is definitely one for my ‘Things to Make’ list.