Completed PHD: Pyjama pattern from The Makery

After a review of my work practices, I decided that it was time to stand up and confront my PHDs (projects half done)! The list of incomplete projects is threateningly high so I decided that this list needed to be dealt with (or at least cut back a bit!) Enter Simply Sewing Magazine's exclusive pattern from The Makery - pyjamas.  I think I began this pattern last August and then became distracted by a looming deadline for something else.  I'd cut all the pieces out and even sewn a couple of sections for the shorts but then put it away…

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#mmmay16 – Me Made May and the versatile wardrobe

Me Made May is an event created by Zoe from So Zo... 'What do you know?' to encourage people to wear the clothes they make, whether this is through knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, etc.  It's designed to motivate crafters to celebrate their achievements and confront any perfectionistic thoughts which may be keeping some garments in the back of the wardrobe! There's no pressure to wear something everyday, or to charter your progress through social media.  The challenge is an individual one set by you. I didn't officially sign up this year (mainly because I didn't read the post properly to see that…

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The Poppy Playsuit

Once again, it's been a while since I've had another go at dressmaking.  I remedied this by combining a recent pattern in Simply Sewing with a recent material purchase! There's a lovely charity shop nearby who sell craft supplies.  I was very lucky to go into the shop when they had a material sale on, which meant I got two fabrics for the price of one!  One of the fabrics I came across is this lovely one above. I am not sure what type of material it is, but it drapes well and there was enough to try out the…

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Upcycling jeans – the sewing pinny!

One of the projects I made during #miymarch16 was the upcycled pinny from an old pair of jeans. I got these jeans for my 21st.  I'm a bit of a hoarder, and while they had a tear in them where the fabric was so thin and worn out, I hadn't had the heart to chuck them away. When I met up with my mum and sister in March, they suggested cutting them up into something new.  Due to the location of the worn out section, a skirt was not suitable!  However, we came up with making a tool belt. One…

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#miymarch16

#miymarch16 may have been a couple of months ago, but here are the resulting images I posted from it below. Make it Yourself March is an Instagram event.  It involves posting an image based on the daily photo prompt - a list can be found on Wendy Ward's blog from this year. New to Instagram, I found this event coincided beautifully with a couple of my goals - to become more familiar with using social media and to push myself to create more.  It was a great way to be inspired by fellow dressmakers. Instagram is an easy form of…

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Mother’s Day gift making – bath hats and bags

It didn't take long to come up with this year's mother's day gift - mainly because I knew she wanted a new bath hat! I made her one years ago from the Cath Kidston "Sew!" book.  Unfortunately, the waterproof fabric I chose for inside the hat was quite thick and stiff.  Also, we have big heads so I think the pattern was designed for a smaller circumference head! I'd made my nan this green bath hat above using material I got online which I think is used for making tents.  It was much more versatile than the thick waterproof plastic…

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Making Individual Gifts – for Dad

For my dad's birthday this year, I decided to use my new skills to make some different gifts to normal. Cufflinks Here is a photo of him wearing the cufflinks I made in glass.  I had no idea you could make cufflinks from fused glass (or didn't think of it until it was pointed out to me)! I'm quite limited in my glass fusing skills at the moment, particularly in cutting, so I used inclusions for the decoration (note: inclusions are when you include certain metals between the two layers of glass so that they become sealed into the piece). …

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My college of handcraft
My craft studio

My college of handcraft

Hello! Welcome to my blog. The goal of this blog is to charter my journey through my own rather roughly laid out 'craft school'! Last year, faced with yet another temporary job coming to an end, I decided to apply for a part time position instead.  Sure, not the best option when you are renting, have no savings and your boyfriend is due to finish his PhD in the next year! Okay, so this may turn out to be a financial mess in the end!  But on this occasion, I have decided to follow what I want to do and enjoy,…

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