handmade handbags


So just before Christmas I made the monster a new dress out of some Marvel fabric and there were a few pieces left over.  So instead of making a fabric bag, we decided to buy a shell and strap to make a super cool bag.  The shell is from U handbag, as is the strap – a great detail.

There is a great tutorial and it very simple to make.  The edge detail could be neater and I would love to make another bag and improve the interior edge finish.  Overall I’m happy with it and the monster loves it – which is the best!


The ultimate pencil skirt


I decided on New Years Eve to zap up a skirt to wear out and had luckily found some scuba fabric in  Fabrics Galore’s sale – I loved it so much bought it in 2 colour ways!

Pattern:  The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by The Maker’s Atelier

Fabric: Scuba from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: stretch needles, Mara 120 thread, elastic.

Pattern description:  pencil skirt sewing pattern for stretch fabrics – also included is a pattern for woven fabrics.

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, the pattern is really well written and so easy to follow.  Looks just like the photograph.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I love the super simple stretch skirt pattern and is a brilliant quick make.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: Yes, Ive made 4 stretch skirts with this pattern so far – although they have not all been for me.

Conclusion: A wonderful simple make, so easy to wear and brilliant as a wardrobe staple.  I hemed the scuba on my machine and it worked well.  Also used the stretch elongated zig zag for the main stitch and zig zag for the elastic casing.  If you haven’t tried the Maker’s Atelier patterns, do they are really well written and wonderful wearable styles.


happy new yeer!


This morning I read “Happy New Year, I wish you all you wish for yourself & those you love, be kind, be healthy, be easier on yourself and be hopeful for 2017” Kirstie Allsopp.  Great wish to start the year.  I’m not making any mad resolutions that I can’t keep this year, will try to make more time to create at home and enjoy life.  Lets be hopeful for 2017.

a little kniting

I knitted a simple scarf over the past few weeks, all finished on the 23rd – with ends woven in.  The pattern is designed by Elizabeth Hale available from ravelry.  Knitted with a lovely yarn called Nepal by Drops yarns and bought from Wool Wearhouse, its lovely to knit with and super soft.  I love moss stitch, wonderful texture and so simple to do – every row begins with a K1 – so nothing to remember.  Hoping to improve my knitting skills in 2017 – on a waiting list to learn how to knit socks using the magic loop method.  What new skill would you like to learn in 2017?

knitting help


I have spent a few days in Monmouthshire seeing family and discovered a lovely new shop there, selling beautiful home decorations and yarn from the owners own heard of sheep.  It’s a beautiful natural chocolate double knit, so here is the conundrum  – what to knit.  I’ve been looking for a simple cardigan or jumper and Ravelry has me bamboozled, any suggestions?


Santa Lucia day


Today is St Lucia’s day and a wonderful festival of light in Scandinavia, where the days are so short and darkness lives at this time if year.  The images of girls wearing crowns of candles are beautiful and so lovely to see the traditions of other countries.  There is a fabulous blog hop of Scandinavian bloggers to create a Swedish Advent Calendar: 24 days of posts from 24 different bloggers.  here is day 2 with a wonderful printable St Lucia crown.


things been v quite here as work is super busy and the things I have made are Christmas gifts – although I do have a dress awaiting cutting out from a trip up to ray stitch  going to try a lining it with a fabric from William Gee – amazing little shop in Hackney and testing out using 120 weight industrial thread on my machine – so far its been great.  Plans of a skirt in some fabulous sequins, Francis from The Maker’s Atelier advised a trip to Goldhawk Road as the fabric she used in the photo shoot was from Ditto and they had sold out.  Sadly was diverted on my way to Shepards Bush and do love the fabrics from Till the sun goes down.  Have a few weeks of from Friday and hope to be back with some more fun makes.