Pattern hacking: a lace Flora tank top
Pattern hacking time! With all this glorious weather and festivals galore, I've turned to my usual Summer uniform of a high-waisted something teamed with a crop top. Still sexy in the flash of upper midriff whilst hiding unruly tums (and post-baby stretch marks!), this has become somewhat of a go-to look for me. U... read more ›
A special announcement: Anna Dress now available as a PDF download!
Guys. We're really excited about something, and there's no point beating around the old bush - not only do we have the Anna Dress printed pattern back in stock, but she is now also available as a PDF for you to download and print at home! Going PDF is something we've been thinking about for a while, ever more con... read more ›
*New pattern update*
As you may have already deciphered as a result of our *not so* sneaky peaks we are gearing up to release another brand new pattern into the wild. However, incredibly unfortunately we have stumbled along the way and have had to regrettably delay the release of our latest lady as, by pure coincidence, we had designed ... read more ›
Nerdy sewing tips: How to make & apply piping
As I'm sure most of you know, it's the little extra details that transform your handmade garms and make them really stand out in a sea of generic High Street trends - things like thoughtful pattern placement, an exquisitely finished hem or the addition of those delicate vintage buttons you found in your Grandma's ... read more ›
DIY fabric backed display shelf
Sometimes a quick and easy project is all you need to get you out of a creative funk and brighten up a space all at the same time. Improving my surroundings - whether it be a complete overhaul or just a little touch - never fails to do wonders for my mood and work ethic. Today I put the finishing touches to the "w... read more ›
A little fabric update!
Okok, so it's been a liiiiitle while since we talked about our fabric printing progress, but we promise that it's only for the very best possible reasons! Behind the scenes we have been hu$tling and masterplanning hard to make it all come together as perfectly as possible. While we're still a few months away from be... read more ›
Tropical pineapple bunting - a free crochet pattern
Looking around my house I've noticed that I seem to have a clear penchant for Things That Hang On Walls. Framed pictures, fairy lights, embroidery hoops, kiddy artwork, cuckoo clocks, woven wall hangings from around the world and Mardi Gras beads, to name just a few of the Things That Hang in the various rooms of ... read more ›
DIY bleach printed fabric
As our brand spanking new pattern gets closer and closer to it's release date, so we get more and more excited about all the possibilities, variations and hacks we can dream up for it's future... This new pattern (currently in the arms of our wonderful pattern testers helping us to produce something as close to pe... read more ›
A sewing night out! Christine Haynes at Ray Stitch
On Friday night this week (13th May), US sewing teacher, pattern designer, blogger and author Christine Haynes can be found hanging out on our side of the pond with a ready smile and a cocktail (or two) in her hand. One of our London stockists, Ray Stitch, will be doing the honours and hosting the evenin... read more ›
DIY heart cushions, plus a GIVEAWAY!
Aloha and good morning, readers! Today we digress ever so slightly from the world of dressmaking and bring you a quick and easy DIY project to dress up your home - plus a Giveaway! One lucky lady or gent will win three whole metres of our delicious and delightful Eloise fabric (including free shipping to wherever ... read more ›
Sewing Indie Month: A tutorial from Maria Denmark!
Back with another instalment of Sewing Indie Month madness and do we have a treat for you! Maria of Maria Denmark Patterns is here to pay us a virtual visit and show us all her ingenious technique for disguising the old, ahem, pot-belly in a closely fitted garment, using our super snug Charlotte Skirt to demonstrate... read more ›
Sewing Indie Month: An interview with Garmenter!
As I'm sure you guys have all heard, May 2014 marks the very first - and hopefully annual - Sewing Indie Month! The brainchild of fellow independent sewing pattern designer Mari of Seamster Patterns, Sewing Indie Month (SIM) has brought together a whopping 21 independent sewing pattern designers from all over the gl... read more ›