raw edge coat

raw edge boiled wool coat

At the weekend I made a new spring coat, its the Maker’s Atelier unlined raw edge coat pattern.  Found the 100% boiled wool at Dragonfly Fabrics, its not the cheapest but is 100% wool and a joy to sew and wear.  I made 1 alteration, its 30cm longer than the original and also changed the taper of the side seams to adjust for the length.

vintage handmade belt

The belt is vintage and was made by my great aunt, its hand painted wooden buckle and appliquéd with wool felt.  Amazingly it has seen lots of use and still going strong!

vintage applique belt close-up

and at the side

vintage handmade applique belt

Thinking of making a new version for the coat, maybe embroidered?  So love this pattern, would recommend to anyone and perfect for a beginner.

The Modern Kimono

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The Modern Kimono by the Maker’s Atelier is finished, it is such a brilliant pattern and the kit makes it super easy.  The fabric is a wonderful crepe, drapes beautifully and I’m sure my Ma will love it.

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I found some brilliant fine entomology pins at MacCulloch & Wallis, made smooth work of the crepe.

the modern kimono 1

You can see from the back how beautiful it drapes.  I only made 1 change and that was to add 2 ribbon ties to the kimono, as my Mother asked for an extra tie – I found the ribbon at The Cloth House on Berwick Street.

the modern kimono close up

If you havent tried a pattern from the Maker’s Atelier do, the kits are beautiful and the patterns work like a dream.

the big easy top

the big easy top makers atelier

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I fell in love with the big easy top by The Maker’s Atelier as soon as it came out and knew it would be perfect for the lovely wool knit jersey i bought at Skipper Stoffer in Copenhagen just before Christmas.  The pattern is designed for boiled wools & jerseys as they can have raw hems so did have to think through the finishing of raw edges, did buy a fabulous cuff trim but this was only enough for the cuff.

the big easy top

Here she is, just before I pressed her and am so pleased with the relaxed look.  Even wore it out last night!  My daughter saw it and though I should make a slightly longer version as a dress, the patterns are so versatile.  Francis makes kits as well, so makes it even easier as there is no hunting for fabrics.

the big easy top cuff close up

I overlocked all the seams and also overlocked on the cuff trim.  The edges were more tricky and decided to go with a simple running stitch.  I will be hand washing the jumper, so thought this would be enough, if not will ask a friend with a flat lock machine to finish them off for me, to get a perfect professional finish.

the big easy top neck line close up

I’ve found a fab boiled wool and will be trying that out soon.  Ditto Fabrics have a great selection of light weight boiled wools, MacCulloch & Wallis and Dragonfly Fabrics.

This is not a sponsored post, I bought the pattern and fabric myself.

Bailen Dress

bailen dress

Yesterday I made a super quick and easy little dress, from the liberty tana lawn I had left over from my PJ’s.  The dress is called Bailen dress by Pauline Alice, free too!  It’s bias cut with bias binding for straps and to make things easier I use bought bias binding.

bailen dress back

Here’s the back view,  very simple.

bailen dress close up

Attached the bias in one go using a fab new machine at work, Janome DC7100.  Sews beautifully.  For the hem, I used a narrow hem foot – so quick and easy to use.  It gives a perfect narrow hem with very little effort.

bailen dress narrow hem

If you have a narrow hem foot, do try it!  My next project is under way and its the Big Easy top by the Maker’s Atelier.  Can’t wait to finish, perfect for this weather!

The Hemlock tee


This is the first cotton jersey project I have been truely happy with.  The cotton jersey came from a fabulous little fabric shop in Copenhagen called Skipper Stoffer.  Its made in Denmark ,a fantastic weight and quality.  Sewing this was a delight and the Hemlock pattern was so well written, it came together so quickly.


I managed to line up the stripes


bound the neck line with the same jersey.  Most of the stitching was done on the overlocker, with just the hem and sleeve hem being stitched with a stretch twin needle.


I’ve worn it out already and I’m sure will become a firm wardrobe staple!

Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!  Not a big resolution girl, but I’ve made a renewed resolution to keep going with my slow fashion promis and making, reusing as much as I can.  With this in mind have cut out a new dress today.  Its New Look 6411 and I  chose a crepe fabric from Fabrics Galore – the dress has a Cos look to it.  Really like the simple lines – hoping it looks great on once I’ve finished it.  HAve you made any resolutions this year!


unlined raw-edge coat | the Maker’s Atelier

The Unlined Raw-edge CoatOn Thursday I made this fabulous pattern up in a lovely 100% pure wool fabric from Fabrics Galore.  It is designed to be made from felted fabrics such as boiled wool, this is a form of felted wool – very blanket like.

unlined raw-edge coatJust in case it does frey I have stitched a regular stich close to the edge to stop any freying, although I think it may well look rather lovely with a slightly fluffed edge.

unlined raw-edge coat pocket detailDecided to cut the pockets on the bias and like the detail, also haven’t put any buttonholes in, made a belt instead.

unlined raw-edge coat close-up beltMade the coat in a few hours, think the cutting took the longest, simply as I wanted all the checks to match up.  Should have accounted for this when buying fabric, but got the coat out of the original 2.3m.  So pleased with the fabric matching – taking my time there really helped.

unlined raw-edge coat backHave already started to wear it and planning another in boiled wool.  If you’ve never made a coat it is brilliant pattern to start with, great instructions and very quick to make.

unlined raw-edge coat 2Have plans this weekend to finish a few more projects for the Christmas Gift Fair | Chiswick.  What will you be sewing?

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