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Knitting, stitching, thrifting, crocheting


The dream Ruby dress

This dress, the Simple Sew Ruby dress, was a dream to make. It only took a few hours to sew up and, like my previous experience of Simple Sew patterns, the instructions were really easy to follow.

This dress was actually a freebie with Love Sewing magazine but it’s such a great make that the magazine rereleased the pattern a few months ago. I got mine on its original run but stashed it away for a future make. Recently I found some fabric I didn’t have a use for and, on a break from another sewing project, I decided to make it.

I’m glad I did as I really love the shape of the dress and it has a great circle skirt. One major thing I’d change (and should have done differently this time but I didn’t have enough fabric) is lengthen the skirt considerably. I really don’t like the dress length at all and even in the drawings it appears to be short. I think that’s even why I didn’t use the dress pattern straightaway. Looking at these photos I think next time I’ll also lengthen the bodice. I wonder whether other people have felt the need to lengthen the pattern?


I’m definitely planning to make more Rubies, especially as they’re perfect for the hot weather that we’ve been having lately! I guess next time I’ll order far more fabric to be able to make these changes.

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Currently lusting after

Ahh, Pinterest! The bane of my life crafter’s best friend!

I thought it would be nice to include an occasional round-up of what I’d like to make, considering Pinterest plays a huge part in inspiring my sewing choices. So here’s the first one. There’s definitely a theme going on too by the way. This summer heatwave has got me dreaming of exposing as much skin in my makes as is morally possible.

All credit goes to the original websites. The images were found on Pinterest. Click the pics for the links!

Backless dresses


I just love the colour of this dress and the sweet circle skirt. This one is hopefully in the planning already.


This one is really nice too. I love the lilac colour and the bow is a little less obvious than in the first dress so is more wearable.


A deep v-neck back will always make my heart a-flutter and I adore Republique du Chiffon‘s patterns already. This one’s definitely a winner!


A special mention goes out to the above which isn’t a backless dress, but is very wearable during the summer. And I adore the picnic blanket feel of the dress overall.

Loose fitting garments



I’ve grouped these together as I can imagine making an amalgamation of the three. I really like the buttons on the first one, the pockets of the second and the colour of the third, but they’re all great loose-fitting dresses.


The floral print, the gathered skirt and the straps all make this a lovely dress. I also love the longer skirt and will be replicating this (in a floral cotton obvs) soon, complete with a midi skirt I think.

Open-back tops


An open back blouse is the perfect casual wear in this hot weather and this one would be great made up in a lighter colour.


I love this tiny pocket tank pattern hack, especially with its beautiful back detail. I think this would work really well in a floral print.

What do you think? Have any of these inspired you too?

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New pattern from By Hand London


Independent sewing company By Hand London has released a new pattern. Inspired by their friend Zeena Shah, the BHL girls have created the Zeena dress, with its full skirt and pretty kimono sleeves.

Zeena comes in a short or long length and has a box pleated skirt and hidden side seam pockets. The great thing about the dress is that it’s a quick make and the girls say it is their easiest and fastest sewing pattern to date.


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So far there’s only a few examples online; one from Ooobop and another from Fiona, whose checked version is lovely. I’m excited to see more versions popping up over the next few weeks though. Especially as it can be downloaded straightaway.

The Zeena dress can be purchased and downloaded here.

Are you planning on making a Zeena dress? What do you think of it? I’d love to know!


All images are courtesy of By Hand London


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A blue floral Emery dress


I feel like my sewing style is very samey at the moment, but to be perfectly honest, I’m enjoying making fit and flare dresses and tops, as that is what I wear most of the time anyway. Therefore it makes sense to me to add them to my wardrobe. There are definitely more Emeries to come soon too. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t anything different in the making either. I’m currently planning a Francoise and another pair of trousers soon. And that’s after the next few dresses I have to post about.

This Emery is the wearable toile I made in preparation for my friend’s wedding and the first Emery I ever made (I’ve made three more since then). I used the same fabric as one of my peplum tops: a really lovely fabric from Ebay with a slight stretch.

I’ve mentioned my love for the Emery before, but I just find this style so easy to wear and it’s really classic. I have actually passed this version on to my Mum as she loved the fabric more than I did and loves wearing bright colours. So yep, more Emeries to come. Please stick with me for a while.

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Prima Makes


I just wanted to post a little update on my work for Prima lately. As you know, before Christmas, I was working for the magazine’s craft supplement. This is the result of that work. I’m actually back there next week working on issue two, but the first issue is out on the shelves now (until the end of March). Why not go and pick up a copy for some great crafting ideas and photos of lovely things? The magazine even comes with items to make a mouse shaped pin cushion, in an adorable floral fabric. It’s available in WH Smiths and Tesco, but if you see it anywhere else, let me know.


Renegade craft fair


As many of you UK crafters know, Renegade craft fair was on this weekend. Being in London anyway, I couldn’t not go. So on Saturday, I ventured from West to East and ended up in Brick Lane.

The fair was held in the Old Truman Brewery, which is across the road and up a bit from those amazing food stalls you’ll know about if you’ve ever been to Brick Lane (If you haven’t and you find yourself there, take my word for it and have some street food. It’s so good!). There were so many stalls selling the work of independent designers, among them lots of jewellery, stationery and mugs. There really was something for everyone and I felt bad not leaving with my arms full of goodies, but sadly my money (and arms) wouldn’t have stretched that far.

Kiriki's DIY embroidered doll starter kit

Kiriki’s DIY embroidered doll starter kit

As well as the products, there were also a few stands offering something different, like The Amazings, a website with a range of online craft classes and Mollie Makes. The people on the Mollie Makes stand were hosting workshops throughout the two days, teaching skills such as how to crochet.

Dandiifluff's Rob Ryan inspired pieces

Dandiifluff’s Rob Ryan inspired pieces

Some personal favourite buys of mine were the Hello Harriet and I Like Cats cat related products, Kayleigh O’Mara’s teapot brooch, Alice Shields’ handmade ceramic badges and Blank Inside’s range of stationery. As well as buying two handmade notebooks from Blank Inside, I also bought a Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom brooch from And Smile.

Kayleigh O'Mara specialised in shrink plastic jewellery

Kayleigh O’Mara specialised in shrink plastic jewellery

Alice Shields' ceramic pieces really impressed me

Alice Shields’ ceramic pieces really impressed me

The Moonrise Kingdom inspired jewellery and cards from easy shop And Smile

The Moonrise Kingdom inspired jewellery and cards from Etsy shop And Smile

The quality of products, I thought, was exceptional and if I had half as much talent as any of those artists, I wouldn’t take it for granted. But one thing did stick out for me, and that was that some of the stuff there, although really well made, was a bit samey. Perhaps I’m just being a bit picky, but it felt like there could have been a bit more variety in products.

Overall though, it was a good experience, and I’ll definitely be going again.