Tamzin Dress by ByHandLondon

My favourite feature of Tamzin is definitely the square neckline with an external facing – perfect for adding hand embroidery detail. I had some beautiful linen viscose mix in my stash (from Stitchy Bee) and it was perfect for this pattern. I marked the facing on my fabric, drawn my pattern and used the chain… More

Morgan Jeans or Ginger Jeans? Which one is better?

Let’s talk about the fit. The Ginger Jeans are skinny with high waist and low + mid-rise options, designed for stretch denim. Morgans are mid-rise, slim leg cut, slightly slouchier fit, designed for non-stretch denim. You can see the difference in the pictures below (ignore the sleepy face on the left). Zip vs buttons I… More

Simplicity 8957 Trousers Review

The process This year I’m on a mission to add more trousers and shorts to my wardrobe. After making the Montauk trousers, Ginger jeans and Jenny overalls I thought this Simplicity 8957 trousers pattern would be a good addition to my wardrobe. I checked the finished measurements to pick my size. After basting them together… More

Morningside Shirt by FrenchNavy Patterns

As soon as the pattern was released, I rushed to buy it. Now, almost 2 years later, I finally made it! I’m terrible for hoarding lots of patterns and getting distracted, anyone else can relate? I had a lovely stripy embroidered fabric in my stash and thought it was perfect for some statement sleeves. My… More

Thread painting – Attempt # 2

I didn’t keep a track of how many hours I spent on this. Definitely more than 20, despite it being so small. Some months I’d make a good progress, some months I’d leave it and not touch it at all. I admire people who do animal portraits for living, not just their talent but also… More

MÉLILOT SHIRT by Deer and Doe

This pattern is a few years old but I can’t see how it would ever go out of style. It’s a classic shirt with a fresh update. There is so much I like about it – the rounded collar, the drop shoulder which makes the sleeve insertion quick and easy, the curved hem, the overall… More

Lola Blouse by FibreMood

The process If you look at the sample above, it looks fairly fitted. However, if you cut the size based on your body measurements I think it would be quite loose. So watch out for that and think how much ease you want (my blouse has 5cm in bust area). There are bust darts to… More

Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns Review

I went for View A, the hood is essential in this rainy part of the world. I had the pattern printed and good job I did because you will cut about 1000000 pattern pieces and then you’ll have to interface them. I must confess I got bored with it after 2 weeks. It took me… More

Jenny Overalls by Closet Case Patterns Review

I went for the short dungarees version, view B. This pattern is designed to be quite fitted. I wanted a comfy pair of dungarees so instead of my usual grading in between the sizes I went with my hip measurement and cut size 12 (instead of grading from 8 to 12). This was enough to… More

The Family Cross Stitch Kit (by Dimensions)

If you like the idea of creating family version as a gift or just for yourself, but can’t/down’t want to buy a kit, head to Pinterest. The link will take you to the page with free patterns and ideas. I hope you like the idea of turning family portraits into fun characters and give it… More


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