What type of sewing month is February for you? I'm usually finishing the last winter garments, or make a few basics like jeans, cardigans or a blouse. When it comes to coat making I feel it's too late to start another winter coat and a little early to start a spring coat as not all new fabric collections have yet arrived. In the February magazine Knipmode is keeping all options open with a mix & match coat pattern that allows you to design a coat for any season.

Coat 12 (Lana) in boiled wool

Spring coat 13 (Marlou), biker jacket 14 (Nella) and trenchcoat 10 (Jadi)

In the basics the pattern is the same for all of these coats. There are different collar options,  a hood, you can choose several pockets, a variety of closures and different sleeve types.

Parka 11 (Kee)

This parka is a must have for many of us Dutch people cycling to work since we won't... [read more]

This post first appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog, in return for the fabric I used!


Last post I blogged about a Jalie raglan and McCalls sleeveless cardi that I’d sewn with TNT (Tried’N’True) patterns. Well, I’m back today with another TNT Jalie pattern, in a gorgeous floral rayon french terry from Cali Fabrics!


This time it’s the Jalie hoodie, minus the hoodie and with a rectangular cowl instead! This is a very classic boxy hoodie pattern, which I’ve made before in beefier knits. In cotton french terry, the pattern was almost too snug; in stretchy sweatshirting is was just right; and in a drapey, light rayon french terry like this, it’s almost too big!

I have some fit issues around the armscye in this version that didn’t show up in the other versions, and the shoulders came out really wide…


…which is how this “design detail” happened! The shoulder... [read more]

The last two weeks I’ve been sewing for DH. The original request was for a couple of polo shirts to wear will working in the paddocks. Quickly followed by a request for a “long sleeve woven, or two, no make that five. A couple of work pants…. jeans would be good. Oh yeah, remember that spay skirt for the kayak you promised?” And yesterday shorts were added to the list.

It is a rare occasion that he asks me to make something ( and then it is usually something complex and without a pattern) so I was quite (pleasantly) surprised by the growing list. As a bonus, he found fabrics in the stash that he liked and selected his patterns.

Polo tops

The pattern for these is Kwik Sew 1882, published 1982 and now OOP.  It doesn’t look like KS have a replacement for this pattern which is a little sad as  it is quite a staple item.  The pattern is really quick... [read more]

The magazines have arrived and will be shipped Jan 19th & 20th!

I don't get to make and or wear much fall clothing living in Central Florida. We've an expectionally colder winter this year.  A few weeks in the 30's and 40's.  So I couldn't wait to add a little fall to my wardrobe.

This was such a quick make, it literally took me a litte over an hour from cut to hem.  I used a light weight sweater knit, it was a remnant from a local fabric store.  I had intended on using it for a sweater vest, but I'm so glad I made this Poncho.  

Happy Sewing!
Ah hello, it's yourselves.

Yes, it has been a while... I just can't seem to get back into the swing of regular blogging at all, but life has really managed to get in the way. The last time I was seen around these parts was November and I was full of good intentions to blog more often but it didn't happen for a variety of reasons. So this evening I am going to give you a wee life update and also show you a few things I've made recently.

We've been having a fairly tough time since I last wrote: in early December, Nic's dad got a virus and was admitted to hospital and, late on a Sunday evening at the start of the month we got a call to say we should go to be by his bedside as he was unlikely to live through the night. It was, as I'm sure you can imagine, very awful. Nic's parents live 175 miles away in Kent, so we made a long, late-night train... [read more]

I participated in That Sewing Blabs “Sew You Think You Can Sew” contest.   I won the first round, see here, blog post:  Peplum belt, but did not win the 2nd round.  The host provided us a mistery item and we had to open it online.  The mistery gift was a shower curtain. Yes, this is a shower curtain.  I immediately knew what I was going to do with  it when I opened the box.  It was a beautiful hombre shower curtain with a linen feel to it. 

Elizabeth Farr   "Elizabeth Made This" was the winner of the contest, and she made an amazing quilted coat. Check it out, she is a very talented seamstress and crafter.  

My submission:

I used a vintage pattern, Simplicity 2893.  It was very very simple.

Happy Sewing!!!
2017 to say the least was a very hard year for me and my family.  My Stepfather (DAD), gained his wings this past December, after long battle with COPD, Massive Heart Attack and several strokes.  My favorite uncle, also gained his wings 6 days before Dad, after a long bought with cancer.  My Mom and her Sister loss their husband's within 6 days of each other.  Though we expected my Dad to go any day while he in Hospice care, but we were not expecting my uncles sudden passing.  

My Mom retired and dedicated her life to caring for DAD to the very end.  It was hard watching her again lose a husband.  My Stepfather (Fred) loss his battle with Cancer in 1999.   He and Mom married when I was eight years old.  He was the best to ever happen to Mom and my two Sisters.  He was so loving and caring and never treated us or spoke of us as Step ever. ... [read more]

I thought I would say Hello since I have been gone for a very long time. I think about writing a post- but then I don’t. 2017 was an incredibly busy year. A new/ old job meant I spent almost half the year traveling and I found out it isn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be! Living out of a suitcase sucks! And there were many nights I was wishing I was in my own comfy queen sized bed! On a positive note since 95% of the time I travel to San Diego, I do get to see my family and friends a lot and that is a good thing. 🙂 I have been in Texas 2 years, and I still miss them incredibly!

In a nutshell- in 2017 I got to go to New York, San Francisco, Memphis, and Arkansas, visited the Redwoods on my first annual family vacation with my kiddos, 2 of my daughters are engaged and my eldest daughter is GETTING MARRIED this year (!), I lost a family member very close to my... [read more]

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, by John William Waterhouse

SWAP 2018 #4:  Vogue 9114 [Kathryn Brenne] skirt in reclaimed black taffeta.

A simple shape, with a  little bit of Victorian-inspired draping at the sides, which is achieved with internal ties.  This is a very simple sew, and I was pleased to see the style is achieved with internal bustle points, as it means it can be washed and pressed without fuss, just untying the things.

The fabric was reclaimed from the first steampunk skirt I made, for which I didn’t use a pattern [never a good idea for me, I like the thinking to be done for me!]  I made the yoke too stiff, the idea I had of using a decorative chain to gather up the front didn’t work well, and I ended up getting peeved with it after one wear and just bunched the back up and ‘bustled’ it very scruffily.  So it didn’t get worn.  I made much... [read more]

Hi friends!

I made jeans!  I think this is actually only the second pair of jeans that I’ve shared on my blog, but I’ve also made the Closet Case Ginger Jeans and the Cashmerette Ames Jeans (well, my first tester version of the Ames is actually on my blog, you just didn’t know it) and I have yet to share them with you.  My BAD! 🙂

These jeans are made from Simplicity 8447, a 1940’s re-issue.  I initially wasn’t too jazzed on this pattern as I don’t want to wear overalls, but I picked it up anyway during a sale at JoAnn’s as I thought I might want to make something else in the pattern someday.  Honestly, I didn’t look too closely as I didn’t notice that the envelope had the pant made into jeans.  I was planning to sew some 40’s jeans when someone in the We Sew Retro FB group mentioned this pattern and there was a lightbulb.  I had planned to make... [read more]

Say what you wil- Inspector Gadgets backup singers are on point.

It kept happening. Enid couldn’t stop having the dream where right before runway- she morphed into an emu.

Someone’s princess bed is missing it’s dustruffle, MARGOT!?

Alice’s date liked to drop a ball bearing down her neckline and track it’s progress as she greeted their guests.

Design inspiration arrived over a lovely Sushi meal-

The meatcutters ball attendants were dazzled by Fiona’s waterproof apron turned frock!

I don’t want to commit to a trench coat, but I want the appearance of one- perhaps a London Fog sandwich board….

Well, you’ve done it. You’ve officially removed sexy from the same continent as ‘leather skirt’

Bethany so feared halitosis that she sewed chiclets to all her dresses.

Photo credits:

I love favorites posts because a. I love to shop and b. I love buying things that are tried and true for other people! I follow a lot of lifestyle bloggers and get so many beauty and fashion ideas from their favorite posts – they’re some of my favorite posts. I wanted to put together a list of my favorite sewing notions, beauty and lifestyle items, and books from 2017 before we get too far into 2018!

Sewing Notions

I love gadgets – you can always find me buying tech gadgets (looking at you Apple Airpods and iPhone X…) and sewing notions to me are a bit like gadgets. They’re designed to make you life easier or solve a problem you either know you had or didn’t know you had. My sewing room is full of them! Here are a few of my favorite from the year.

Dritz EZY Hem Guide

I love this hemmer – I use it for hemming 100% of the time. It does get really hot when you put... [read more]

I knew when I selected purple kitten wallpaper for my bedroom (in second grade) that I was onto something. Varying shades of purple have … More retrofitted – the color purple »

The post retrofitted – the color purple appeared first on My French Twist.

Let’s all take a moment to talk about gussets – crotch gussets in particular, and what they can and can’t do, because there is just so much misinformation floating around about them. A gusset is a separate piece of fabric sewn into a seam, most commonly seen on underarms (especially in vintage styles) and on the crotch of trousers.

The purpose of a gusset is to increase the range of motion of the limbs nearby – so in the case of the vintage blouse, its because a dolman sleeve doesn’t really allow the arm to raise naturally due to the shape of the bodice/sleeve piece and the limitations on the non-stretch fabric. So a small gusset is added to the underarm will allow the wearer to raise her arms. The same principle applies to crotch gussets – the purpose of a crotch gusset is to increase the range of motion of the legs.

A crotch gusset will not magically fix... [read more]

Hey! I’m Heather from Heather Handmade, and I love sewing my own clothes and especially sewing with stripes!

What is it about stripes that attracts so many people? Stripes can look good when they are bold and when they are soft; stripes can look good vertical, horizontal, and diagonal; and stripes can look good on all genders, all shapes, all ages, and all sizes. I personally really love stripes and how placing a pattern piece on stripes in different ways can change the look entirely! In my examples below am using pictures of myself, a woman, because that is what I have available to me, but I hope it can still inspire your own unique creations.

Stripes and Skirts stripe-placement

The simplicity of stripes are a great place to start with choosing stripe placement and direction. Above I showed how cutting out different skirt pattern pieces would look on striped... [read more]

Simplicity 1325: A Turtleneck Top

Hacking Simplicity 1325 into a Turtleneck After I made my striped maxi dress, I still had a fair bit of fabric left. I’d overestimated how…

The post Simplicity 1325: A Turtleneck Top appeared first on Thimble End.

Actual footage from Sunday.

We went on a family walk on Sunday.  Only a couple of kilometres and there was only a few moans from the children.  Of course there was moaning; there is always moaning.  We don't like walking, we don't want to go near the canal, we don't want to explore the woods, we don't want to climb on a lock, we don't like these things at all, and we are not being silly, this is a real and genuine dislike, and is nothing to do with us not wanting to leave the house.

It wasn't a beautiful day, but it was cold and fairly crisp, and there were slight signs of Spring everywhere - from bulbs poking through the leaves to little buds on the otherwise bare branches. 

Distance: 2.6km
Weather: Cloudy and cold - about 6⁰C
State of Mind: reluctant at first, moving towards actually having fun
I love the old saying business in the front party in the back because well who doesn't love a party? This top was the original inspiration for my make.  I found it on pinterest but you can view the whole article here! I loved the style though and I thought it might be fun to recreate.  Let me start by saying I HATE this top from the front I think its the most unflattering thing

My friend group is in the early years of its “baby boom” and not being a parent myself, I don’t always know what new parents (or new humans) need and want.

Thankfully I was once a small child and I remember how much fabric wall hangings and playmats got in my household. My mom made both my brother and I playmats, wall hangings, and curtains with street and house scenes.

These fabrics were backdrops for our playtime and provided interesting things to look at. I can remember laying in bed staring at my curtains and just visually picking out patterns or shapes in the negative spaces.

So I can imagine a friend’s kid laying on this playmat counting the animals or learning colors and animal names. Maybe they’ll play a matching game with their parents and put their stuffed animals on top of the corresponding critters.  When they are older it can be a backdrop for their... [read more]

I’m back after several recap posts to show you a couple Christmas gifts I made for the two newest additions to our family! When our first nephew was born, I made him a quilt which he now sleeps with every night. So when my sister in-law told me that and asked for two more quilts for the two newest nephews, of course I said yes.

Before I share pictures of the quilts with you I need to warn you that I am NOT a quilter.  I made mistakes and adaptations to this quilt that would probably make quilters cringe.  You’ve been warned, and don’t look too closely at the seams 🙂


I used this free triangle pattern piece from See Kate Sew. I’ve had this pattern piece saved since she shared the post (maybe a year-ish?) just waiting to put it to use and using it for the nephews’ quilts was perfect.

These are the fabrics I used…most were from Hawthorne Threads:

Hi All,

Of course I was busy with the festivities and celebrations (like most people) but I managed to sew a few things. Some I still need to finish!

One of the many quick sews I did was this fluffy black scarf, I wish I made this a lot sooner

On cooler, windy days I’d wear it like this BUT it be cold as an old, bitter mans heart! So I’ve been wearing it like this….

I like to wear all black everything on most days so swamping my face with this looks mysterious and sneaky, especially indoors

I’m not a devious anime character here to take your soul, don’t worry!

Stay busy


Hello readers!

We’re on Jeans & Trousers for the #CurvyYearofSewing and one of our suggested patterns is Simplicity 3688, a well loved and reviewed 1940’s wardrobe pattern that goes into the plus size range.  Along with a retro wide leg pant, this pattern includes a jacket, a blouse and a skirt.  On Pattern Review, this pattern has been reviewed 47 times!  I’ve had this pattern since it came out, but never really had any plans to sew it up.  I’ve been working on a fall/winter capsule wardrobe and decided this year that I wanted to add some pants to it and I’m certainly glad that I did, as I’ve been steadily wearing the jeans and trousers that I’ve been sewing.

Pattern Name: Simplicity 3688

Size Range: 10-28W

What size did you make? 26/28W

What are your…..

Measurements: 48-41-52
Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
Height: 5’8

What adjustments did you make... [read more]

Apologies for the delays in posting this review of the first issue of Burda for 2018! I know a lot of you use these reviews to decide whether or not to buy this issue while it’s current, but the newsagent by my office where I tend to buy these didn’t have it before we broke up for the holidays, and, well – I’ve been very busy with posting all about the designs in my book recently!

But the good news is that this issue is worth the wait IMHO! I won’t be signing up for the Burda Challenge this year (been there, done that back in 2012!!), as I’ve already got way too much on my sewing plate already, but I’m not going to feel bad about not sewing much from these issues, either. I’m just going to enjoy the inspiration and talking points they provide, and hope that one day I’ll actually get to sew everything on my list!

I know quite a few people were trying to... [read more]

« Previous Next » Showing 1–25 posts out of 1000