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The Dressmakers Ball


Last week saw the first, and hopefully annual, Dressmakers Ball, hosted by Crafty Sew & So. Needless to say, the second I heard about it from the lurrrrvely Elle Harris of Sew Positivity, I was already planning my ballgown! It's not all that often I get to actually go to something where the over the top outfits... read more ›

I made my clothes! An embroidery tutorial

Whenever Fashion Revolution Week comes around, we are reminded just how proud we are to call ourselves sewists! And we know we're not alone in our pride as makers from all corners of the globe have adopted the battle cry #imademyclothes in response to the question posed by Fash Rev, #whomademyclothes? We thought th... read more ›

Pattern hacking Victoria: The Day Gown!


You heard it here first (unless you also saw it in the Sunday Times Style a few weeks back...) - Summer 2017 will be the summer of the Day Gown. That's right, time for the kimono to move aside, your festival essential just got a makeover and things just got a whole lot swishierrrrrrr. And when I say Day Gown, I do... read more ›

Fashion Revolution round up: Why did you start sewing your own clothes?


It's that time of year again guys: Fashion Revolution week! For those of you who are new to the movement, it's a global initiative sparked by the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where a clothing factory producing for popular western high street brands collapsed, killing and injuring over 3,500 workers. As ... read more ›

Maternity sewing #2 - 70s style empire line ruffle sleeve easy top hack


Front view 1 And the search for vaguely flattering, comfortable and simple-to-sew maternity clothes continues on! True to disorganised form I've left it nice and late into my pregnancy to get started on this (37 weeks and counting yo)... But, I suspect I shall be bigger of belly, bum, hips, waist and thigh for som... read more ›

Maternity sewing #1 - Anna Dress sewing pattern easy top hack


Being pregnant doesn't have to put a stop to your sewing exploits, we promise! We're going to be exploring a few BHL top and dress hacks on the blog over the next couple months which we hope will get all you mamas-to-be and mamas-to-be-again excited about making easy, flattering and comfortable maternity wear.  As ... read more ›