sewing inspiration from film


Yesterday I saw Fantastic Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my daughter is a huge HP fan and she was so looking forward to seeing this.  It was a great film, the costumes where fabulous!  Loved Porpentina’ s clothes, so very everyday wearable and Queenie’s more glamourous collection.  It was the pink coat with a shawl collar that really caught my attention, wouldn’t it be perfect for going out to parties in!  So this morning I have been searching for a pattern that could possibly make it


above is a close up I found, source unknown.

Here are a few I think would do it

The left patter is McCalls 7478 and the right Gertie’s Butterick 6105.

Left The Maker’s Atelier shawl collar coat, out of print Butterick 5824

above Vogue 8875

If you can think of a better pattern do let me know!   HAve you ever been caught by a fils costumes and wanted to make them?  Oh – do go and see the film, you won’t be disapointed – even if its only to see the wonderful costumes!

Making Luna Lapin


I was so excited to be asked by Sew and So to join in the Luna Lapin blog hop, so if you’ve stopped by on the hop Hello!  The book was written by Sarah Peel and is an utter delight. Sarah introduces Luna via a short story and each outfit has a tale behind it. You’ll become captivated by the stories surrounding her adventures and travels as she goes for a job interview, visits the theatre and spends time with her brother Alfie. Luna’s made her outfits perfectly tailored and finished with tiny buttons and trims to create a miniature wardrobe.


photo source

I loved the making up of Luna, brilliant and clear instructions and nearly all hand stitched.  So if you don’t have a sewing machine or want a super project to sew by hand while chatting – this is perfect.  I chose a white felt with Liberty tana lawn for the ears & pads of Luna’s feet and used a dreamy pure wool toy stuffing from Bronte Glen.  Sew and So offer a printable e-book, so perfect to click and down load.  All the pattern pieces are full size and that’s a huge bonus, easy to cut out and well marked.  I think the hardest part was choosing the clothes to make and I settled on a dress and I am sure I will make more clothes.  Love the armchair, brilliant for Luna to sit on and decorate.


There is a choice to make Luna into a boy, with some fabulous tailored pieces.  If you’d like a sneak peek at the book click on the picture of the book  or any of the photo’s and it will take you there. There are 20 different garments and accessories to choose from; including Luna’s stunning wool coat, lace-up boots, lace knickers and a particularly desirable pair of wrap over pyjamas for stylish lounging.  Sarah has designed the patterns for the child in us all; Luna was lovingly designed to be a special heirloom toy that is passed down by generations. The patterns are suitable for a range of abilities; the basic rabbit and simple items are suitable for beginners but the more tailored pieces are for more experienced sewers. The level of each pattern is identified by either one carrot for easy, up to three carrots for advanced.

Here’s the schedule of the hoperty hop:

Monday 31st October – SewandSo

Tuesday 1st November – Meet Sarah Peel

Wednesday 2nd November – Sew of Course

Thursday 3rd November – Melanie Sews and Other Stuff

Friday 4th November – Poppy in Stitches

Monday 7th November – Carina Crafts

Tuesday 8th November – Bendigolioness

Wednesday 9th November – Bit of Tea and Honey

Thursday 10th  November – Thimbeleanna

The Landgate | a review


Goodness its been a while, work has been very busy and has meant not so much sewing time. The landgate has been wanting to be made for a while, Sarah kindly told me quite how long – as we met up in Rye last summer for my first trip to Merchant & Mills.  I had been concerned that my old machine wouldn’t sew the oilskin and having tried a small section was right, my new machine sewed the fabric like a dream.

Pattern:  The Landgate by Merchant & Mills.

Fabric: Gold British oilskin – Merchant & Mills.

Notions: denim size 12 needles, all purpose thread,  Merchant & Mills brass zip.

Pattern description:  This was a straight forward pattern to sew, I followed every step and opted for metal eyelets for a more professional finish – the pattern does say to make button holes.  Delighted with the finished jacket.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I loved the easy construction and pocket options, thought I may make another version in denim with pockets on the outside, great for walking the dog.  Had anticipated it could be tricky and with a fabric I have newer used before – was wrong on both counts.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: bound the hood facing with bias tape.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others:  Yes, once I got home thought I’d bought a ‘cagoule’ pattern- showing my 70’s roots there!  Perfect outdoors, gardening, walking and of course rain wear.  Would be a fab make for a Chap too, there are pattern changes, very straightforward.


The Azaire


Pattern: The Azaire by GatherKits

Fabric: soft drape mixed fibre

Pattern description: A dress and top pattern with 2 sleeve choices, a petal and a bracelet sleeve.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow: yes, well written with clear diagrams.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: straight forward to make and it has 2 great sleeves to choose from, so lots of possibilities.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.

Would you recommend it to others: it was a quick make and very straight forward.  Would recommend that pattern to others.  Planning on making another in a cotton fabric and will be perfect to wear through the autumn and winter.  Thought tana lawn with a cardigan and boots.

Conclusion: I was delighted to be asked to test run the pattern and as with all the Gather patterns was a great make.

Below is my version made with some fabric I was give at work, cute hedgehog mix fibre.

the azaire side

If you’d like to win this lovely pattern, do please leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on Sunday.