plastic bag free


plasticbagsI have been trying to go plastic free, it’s slow progress working through everything.  I already use fabric bags to go shopping, be that groceries or regular pottering, my favorite bag is from Burda Style.  This week I have been making some muslin bags to use in the supermarket, so instead of using the poly bags I can pop my fruit and veg in these.  Have been trialing different sizes and now have a definitive that works for me.

muslin produce bagsThey are large enough to take carrots, apples, pears etc and when I whizzed them up at work it was suggested a larger version for potatoes.  The bags are made from muslin and I overlocked the seams and also all around the raw edges.  This makes them quick to make and more durable for use.

muslin produce bag                            muslin produce bag close up

I thought I’d share the muslin bag pattern with you, do let me know if you make any!  If you don’t have an overlocker you could use french seams or stitch and zigzag the raw edges.


Planning Spring wardrobe

The Wardrobe ArchitectI signed up to the Wardrobe Architect this year and have found it interesting work through.  I have had a good look at my wardrobe and I wear shift dresses with cardigans, pencil skirts and throw on blouses|tunics and skinny jeans.  Having lost quite a lot of weight last year I am working though making a new spring wardrobe, thought I’d share a few patterns that have cought my eye for this season – although they may not be brand new patterns.   Click on the photo or below for more information.

makers atelierI discovered the Makers Atelier last year at a show here in London and love the patterns, beautiful, simple shapes and are a dream to make.  The pencil skirt and Drawstring dress/top are on my to do list – so love the silver.  Infact kind of like just sewing up my capsule wardrobe just from the MA!

makers atelier dress

Planed to make the dress above in a silk I found at the HoH sale last year.burda tunicburda perfect for when the weather warms up

buterick 6183Butterick 6183 I saw a couture original by Lisa Redman that was a simple top like the one above, made in silk/silk satin – simple perfection.

Colette laurelColette

la petite robealthough very similar to the Laurel above – la petite robe



I am working on a pattern to make my favorite blouse from Zara, somewhat inspired by the Sewing Bee challenge.  Been pinning patterns I like and editing my capsule wardrobe pintrest page.  Find it helps me to narrow things down and not click buy for patterns that I may never use, we must all have a few of those!  How do you plan what to make, do you use Pinterest?  Are you as guilty as me at haveing patterns that are never used?



Half term this week promisies some fun days out, there are some great exhibitions on and also Unravel at the end of the week to look forward to.  I have been knitting and stitching a little, currently working on a Little Qulit for someone who’s partner dropped out and finishing off my Buchanan – only some top stitching to be done.  The Buchanan is a brilliant simple pattern and I’d love to try an ankle length version in a warm soft wool or quilted fabric, great for curling up in after a long day at work.  Also a shorter version for the day, maybe in silk velvet with an obi belt?

quilted kimono   dressing-gown by Jennie Atkinson  geisha-kimono-dressing-gown

When my brother and I used to stay with our favorite Grandmother we had a huge aray of dressing gowns to choose from, I think she must have collected them as I remember we had a vast dressing up box.  My favorite dressing gown was made from a sort of candlewick fabric – so warm and a perfect reminder we were at Granny’s!  Are there any fabric’s that transport you back to childhood?

the buchanan       the buchanan

my Buchanan finished!

McCalls 6436

McCalls 6436

I have finished my first ever proper shirt and am so delighted how it went together, perfect fit too.  The pattern come with cup sizes for a perfect fit for everyone and the Monster loves it – which is the most important thing.  Plans afoot for different fabrics and styles – for spring and summer.

McCalls 6436  McCalls 6436

The sleeves are in 2 parts, super easy cuffs.  I top stitched everywhere instead of slip stitching, made sence to me and better for wash and wearing.

McCalls 6436I’m not a huge fan of the fabric print, but for a student of Mandarin its perfect – we found it in the John Lewis sale and buttons from Liberty.  I’m going to make one for me in crepe de chine with top stitch detail inspired by topstitching I saw on a friends vintage blouse.  Do you have a favorite shirt pattern that you’d recommend?

Trasury Tuesday | #justacard

I read about #justacard on twitter and it sounded like a great idea, you can click here and read more about it.

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McCalls 6436 in progress

M6436I’ve cut out McC 6436 and it is now well on its way to being a shirt.  I looked for a pattern that had multi cup sizes to get a perfect fit and read a few reviews a, b, c & d before going for the McCalls pattern.  I’m hoping to make a few winter/spring versions and also the sleeveless version for summer.  The pattern comes sized from A to DDD (E in GB) cup, so everyone can get a perfect fit – so much better than buying a badly fitted shirt!  I am also making Gather Kits Buchanan at work, their patterns are brilliant and so far its gone together brilliantly.

the buchananWhat are your sewing?

Treasury Tuesday| Snow Days

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Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe | a review

double wedding ring quilts 1Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, hot off the press and out this month. I have seen double wedding ring quilts and appreciated their beauty, but thought them fiendishly difficult.  Victoria encourages us to not worry about making mistakes and to use them to learn from and even turn a mistake into a design feature!  With her thoroughly modern approach and improv style, turns a very traditional quilt style into 10 breathtakingly modern beauties.double wedding ring quilts 2This quilt was Victoria’s starting point using Center City fabrics from Jay McCarroll.  She used AccuQuilt wedding ring die cutters and a mistake quilt top, turning it into a master piece.

double wedding ring quilts 3Bright Lights, Big City above, is large-scale scrappyness – perfect if you have lots of left overs from previous quilts.  Each section is well explained and with lots if diagrams, photos and suggestions to move the designs on further.

double wedding ring quilt 4Leona above was inspired by a vintage quilt top, called Olga and this was named after Victoria’s grandfather ad his twin sister Leona.

double wedding ring quilt 5I love the way this book takes such a traditional pattern, breaks it down and reinvents it with a modern twist – so many ideas on how to change the design, mixing up fabrics or even those quilt tops folded gently to one side as they some how fall short of our creative desires when making them.  I think my favorite quilt if all is Luminous Views made in solids, its big, bold and very modern take and beautiful.  This book really does inspire you to create and push your creative boundaries.  So if you’d like a little nudge, want to try circles or just have a beautiful book to gaze at this is for you.

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