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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Amanda vs Belladone Dress

Real talk: sewing is good for my mental health. When things are going crazy in other parts of my life sewing provides an awesome escape where I have to focus on the task at hand and my thoughts finally quiet down. It’s a powerful tool in my wellness arsenal and the best part is I […]

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Sip and sew Vogue 1434

It’s Friday!! Lets raise a glass of something delicious to celebrate. I’m sure you’ve heard about the Vogue Patterns Cocktail Hour? I mentioned a while ago here! This is the latest charity sewalong from The McCall Pattern Company in partnership with The Eve Appeal. A portion of the sales from 20 selected patterns go to […]

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Simplicity 2894 – An Out of Print Pattern in Denim

Or as a subtitle ~ “How Carolyn Complicates a Simple Pattern!”This Simplicity pattern has been out of print for awhile.  The first review on PatternReview is from 2008 and it’s been on my “To Sew List” every summer since Rachelle made her version….

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Not quite a Disney princess Upton Dress

Ah, princess seams! The closest I ever come to princesses, unless you count having memorized pretty much all the words to most Disney musicals (current fave: Moana, technically not a princess, I know). A while ago I wrote a tutorial on how to convert darts to princess seams, which I used to make my dirndl, {…Continue Reading}

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Summer sewing wild cards and a list (mostly) wrapped up

Since we’re having an unusual very hot heat wave in September and I’m cranky about the fact that the weather feels like the hottest part of summer when I’m ready for it to cool off a bit, and I admit I’m really sick of looking at my hot-weather clothing and… read more »

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"Are you single and looking for love?" No, I’m married and looking for cake.

Hello! What’s happening, lads? It’s all good here with me: the sun is shining, work is done for the day and the dinner is cooking away (I am making minestrone soup) for later. I have a few days of work and then we’re on holiday – it is good! So, that’s…

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Blue Floral Fit and Flare

Hello again! This dress is another project that I finished a long time ago and am just now posting because I was soo excited to wear it I never took photos of it.  I made this back in April just in time for spring. Now after this dress I will not be making any more…

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Amanda vs Alix Dress

When invited to a wedding earlier this year I realised it was time to create the magic unicorn of fancy dresses – something that looks ace but also is super comfy so I can double down on wedding cake (and hopefully candy table treats as that seems to be a thing now which I totes […]

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Culture, mate. That’s where the hope of the world lies. And a more cultural mob than us you wouldn’t find outside of the Chelsea Embankment.

Hello lads and ladies! Happy Friday – I hope this week has been treating you well. I have had a very full week at work, which has actually been really enjoyable. The period between September and January is a crucial one in my line of work, and after a …

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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DIY drafted dress

Today I have a slightly different post for you all. I hope you read to the end and enjoy what you see. A few years back I was in a luxurious position where I finished work at 4pm every day and could indulge myself in my evenings. One of the things I tried was a […]

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Finding my mojo in boho: Vogue 9253

Finding my mojo in a boho dress & why I sew: sewing Vogue 9253 Continue reading

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Finding my mojo in boho: Vogue 9253

Finding my mojo in a boho dress & why I sew: sewing Vogue 9253 Continue reading

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White Shirt Dress

Hello! I really have found a new love for certain cotton fabrics and I really wanted another dress. This was the first one. The fabric I found at Joanns again. I was not even looking for it but as I was walking by it just completely took my attention so I had to buy it.  The…

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BOND, ANNA BOND… By Hand London Anna

Hello everyone. I’m writing this from a corner of my sewing room, slightly frazzled from car issues and too tired to sew. I’m really keen to start wedding related sewing but have had a few silly setbacks. One of my bridal fabrics has arrived cut into two lengths instead of being kept whole and I’ve […]

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Amanda vs Simplicity 8178

For some bizarre reason I tend to set ridiculous sewing goals before its time to leave for a holiday. Because what says “get ready for a week to relax” like spending two weeks trying to sew up five new wardrobe pieces? Gah! So when we made a last minute decision to head to Vanuatu for […]

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The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send soup back in a deli.

Hello there! It’s been a while, I know, but the blogger part of me hasn’t died completely!

Anyway, I haven’t been up to much since I last blogged. I’ve been working and sewing as usual. Nic and I had a trip to Liverpool a few weeks ago, which thankfully coincided with a few sunny days in a sea of grey and rainy ones. We had a great time: Liverpool is an amazing city. We weren’t there for any particular reason, but it was perfect for a little change of scenery.

We stayed at the Pullman, and really enjoyed being based by the docks as there is so much to see and do down there. We even spent a happy hour on our last morning watching jellyfish in the marina – it was the first time Nic had ever seen jellyfish, and you could so easily miss them.

When we’re on holiday, I like to go on a ferry if one is available. Luckily, Liverpool has a ferry. It’s not very widely-known, so maybe someone should consider writing a song about it.

Waiting to board the ferry, dressed like a sailor

We visited some friends in Chester, went to Port Sunlight, went to a few museums, drank champagne in a Titanic-themed bar, visited the Metropolitan cathedral, ate pizza slices on Bold Street (repeatedly) and played some late-night indoor mini-golf:

I won, but Nic was a few pints ahead of me at each stage, so I had a slight advantage there.

It was a lovely week off, and we ended it with a flying visit from my dad. He was over for a few days for work and on the Friday we went to the Cotswolds for a few hours. We visited Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. The villages are charming, but Nic and I have been watching Children of the Stones, so it all felt a bit creepy to me. My dad thoroughly enjoyed himself, though.

Me and Daddy in Bourton. It’s very plain to see we’re related as we are BASICALLY IDENTICAL.

These have been some bright spots in what has otherwise been a very difficult few months. I’ve written before about my mental health, so I won’t labour the point, but this summer I’ve experienced intense anxiety, which has often been debilitating. It has taken all of my energy to keep doing the things I need to do – things like getting out of bed and eating and working – and it’s been very difficult. I have felt very tired of living. There have been some external stressors and some of it arises from the fact that I’m generally quite an anxious person anyway so this is something I’ll always need to deal with in one way or another.

Helping someone close to me through a problem that they were having made me realise that I needed to allow people to help me, and that it was okay to do that. So that’s what I’ve been doing and I’ve been looking into finding some professional help too. Something has started to shift and I feel more hopeful and positive than I have for a while. I have a lovely life and I want to be here, and I wanted to share this with you all because I know lots of you care about me. Thank you for caring.

That’s the update there. I’ve been sewing off and on, and over the unexpectedly sunny bank holiday weekend, Nic took some photos of a recently completed dress. The craic with this is that Sarah sent up the bat-signal to let me know that Textile Express were selling a fabric I’d been after for about three years:

I had seen a Ralph Lauren skirt made from this beautiful linen three years ago in TK Maxx and the fabric had been a bit of a unicorn since then, but here was Textile Express selling it for £6.50 a metre! I immediately bought three metres, which was just as well because they sold out within a few hours. Although summer is by now officially over, I had some hopes for a September Indian summer, so I decided to go ahead and sew it anyway. I was immediately rewarded with a beautiful, hot bank holiday weekend: winner!

The print is quite large, so I wanted a simple shape to show it off. For me, this means sewing an Emery dress and that is what I did.

Honoria dress – Christine Haynes Emery dress with a pleated skirt, worn with Swedish Hasbeens Suzanne sandals

I wasn’t sure whether to centre the big beach umbrella on the bodice. It seemed like the obvious thing initially, but when it came to cutting I didn’t want to sacrifice the surfers, so I made sure to get them both on the bodice. The fabric doesn’t have a great deal of drape to it, so I used a box-pleated skirt rather than a gathered one. I love wearing pleated skirts and I am really thrilled with how this dress turned out.

I decided against wearing this with my Lou Taylor swimmers necklace this time, but I think they would be the perfect match!

This fabric really was an incredible find, especially for £6.50 per metre. The colour is beautiful and it’s of such lovely quality. I got so many compliments on the dress all day, and I felt great in it too. I’ve heard that it can still be found in some branches of Abakhan (although I didn’t see any when I was in the Liverpool branch a few weeks ago) so you might get lucky if you’re still looking for it. I’ll hopefully be able to wear the dress a few more times before packing it away for next spring, but often it’s nice to make a summer dress at the end of summer – something to look forward to for next year.

Here’s one for the folks at GOMI who think it’s obnoxious when I smile in photos. I must remember to try harder not to look too happy with my life.

I haven’t yet made plans for autumnal sewing, but I think I’m going to make a conscious effort to move away from my the blue colour palette I’ve unintentionally adopted this year. I bought some very Mildred Hubble-esque Paradigma boots in a local shoe shop that was closing down, so I’m thinking about what to sew to wear with them:

I don’t have a coherent autumn-winter plan, though, as I am also semi-seriously considering buying a ridiculous hot pink Ted Baker coat. I don’t need any more coats, but it is amazing. It won’t work with these boots, but I’m sure I could still make it work with something in my wardrobe…
The sun is shining now though, so right now I’m going to enjoy the rest of the summer as much as I can, which means going to a pub garden with some friends. Have a good weekend, everyone!
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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Red Cotton Dress

Hello!  I decided to try something new for this next project, and let me tell you that I am really glad that I did.  I usually avoid cotton fabrics like the plague, but this was cute and I figured why not give it a go. The dress you see above is completely-mega altered.  It started…

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New Look 6340 in a Border Print

After I made my first version, I knew I was going to make another one right away.  This summer my policy has become “If I like it make it again as soon as possible!” Because when you change up the fabric and add an embellishment, non-sewists don’t…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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A Black/White & Red Concord Tee Maxi

I really wanted a red maxi Concord Tee dress as my final rendition of this pattern. My original vision was a red scooped neck maxi with short sleeves and black/white check accents at the neckline and the sleeve hems.  As you can see that’s not wha…

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New Look 6340 – Woven Summer Dresses

I bought this pattern during the spring to hold onto for summer sewing. Inevitably it gets hot, humid and sticky here and all I want are loose and flowy dresses to make it easy for a breeze (any breeze) to blow through the dress.After a romp through th…

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Novelty knights in shining armor dress

Here’s something I rarely do: show off something I made ages ago! In fact, this is a dress I sewed an entire year ago. Mel and I take a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in southern Wisconsin every summer, and I enjoy wearing something with a kitschy Renaissance-ish print because that’s the… read more »

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July 19th. On this day, Galway liberated from Indians, Marathon becomes Snickers and… ah ha, Ted! Ice Age ends!

Ah hello there! And how are we all on this fine July afternoon? I’m grand – I have a cup of tea (Earl Grey, hot), Hannibal on in the background (S2, which is mostly not great but, you know, Mads…) and  I’m feeling pretty relaxed generally, havin…

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Living in Liberty Simplicity 1419

Hello campers! Hope your week has been fab. I’ve had a fairly busy one with extra photoshoots at work being scheduled in for the summer, the cat deciding to bring me a live mouse home that managed to escape and live inside a random shoe for a night, and a dramatic near-win at the Odd […]

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Idea for a programme entitled ‘Yachting Mishaps’. Some funny, some tragic.

Hello hello! What’s happening, folks? I’m grand – I’m honestly trying to blog more and stay in touch, especially as I have a backlog of lovely dresses to show you, but the part of my personality that is totally lame has been pushing itself to the foref…

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