• Guise Pants Review for Sewing World Magazine

  • img_0951Guys, I made my first ever pair of trousers! I had a blast working with Sewing World Magazine and Backstitch, reviewing Papercut Patterns’ Guise Pants. My full review can be found in December’s Sewing World Magazine, which can be purchased here.

    Not going to lie, I was a bit scared of tackling trousers, as mostly my sewing experience had been in making dresses, tops and jackets. It was high time I gave trousers a stab, so was thrilled to work on this project.

    The fabric from Backstitch, a charcoal-coloured cotton suiting, was very well behaved. This helped as I was so nervous to get these trousers absolutely spot-on perfect – it would have been my worst nightmare if I had a tricky fabric to work with!

    I had to tackle making a fly, welt pockets and the waistband with belt loops.  All went so well – and I felt all proud and good about myself to see the end product.

    The sizing came up quite big on these, so for future I would make a size smaller, as it’s hard to take in at the side seams after finishing the pockets, so would have been best if I had just chosen a size down. Having said this, I did make these during early pregnancy… after I’ve had the baby I will probably be saying the complete opposite!

    My favourite element of this make is the fun pop of colour in the pockets. Gives the make a bit of character I think 🙂

    Pattern: Papercut Patterns Guise Pants

    Fabric: Backstitch

    Thanks so much to the chaps at Sewing World Magazine for asking me to work on this project – it was great fun working with you!

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  • Black Friday Discounts At My Fav Online Fabric Shops!

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    Sorry to inflict this upon your bank accounts! The dreaded ‘Black Friday’ is here, and thought I’d give a listing of the offers at all of my favourite online fabric and pattern shops! Happy spending people!

    Fabric Godmother

    This is one of my favourite ‘go to’ websites for dressmaking fabrics. 10% off all fabrics on Friday!


    Sew Over It

    A huge discount over at Sew Over It! Until midnight on Friday, so be quick! It also includes the ebook which I would definitely recommend. I’ll be making a Lola Coat from the ebook very soon.


    Tilly and the Buttons

    25% off sewing patterns over at Tilly and the Buttons! Enter code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout. Eek!


    The Eternal Maker

    There will be a huge 30% off everything on The Eternal Maker website all over the Black Friday weekend. So head over to the website for a look at their gorgeous selection of fabrics!

    Also, on Friday only they will be having a mega destash from their Instagram account @eternalmaker_destash, so head over there for some bargains and freebies!


    Dragonfly Fabrics

    I’ve just been drooling over the boiled wools from Dragonfly Fabrics! They have 15% off AND free shipping with code BLACKFRI from 25th-27th November.



    My local Backstitch is will be kicking off their annual clearance sale on Black Friday. They will be clearing over 250 products (over 100 patterns, 100 fabrics and some yarn and habby too!), discounted at up to 40% off. So get head over to the website to have a browse!


    Girl Charlee Fabrics

    Well known for their especially amazing jerseys, Girl Charlee have 20% off! No code needed, fabrics already have the 20% reduction. And the sale runs over the whole weekend.


    Sew Essential

    And last but certainly not least, the lovely guys at Sew Essential have some great offers for Black Friday. Including these offers on patterns, and even an Adjustoform dress form discounted from £99 to £79! Head over to their website to take a look!




    Happy shopping everyone!

  • A Cosy Mustard Yellow Linden Sweatshirt

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    Over the weekend I treated myself to this quick sew project – which I’ve been meaning to make for about a month!

    The pattern is a Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt. I made one of these last autumn, and I’ve worn it so much it’s kind of turned all bobbly. So it was high time for me to make another. I love this pattern – it’s perfect for a quick project. This one took me a couple of hours to make.

    This sweatshirt fabric is absolutely stunning, and I loved working with it. The mustard yellow colour is incredible, and I love the tiny flecks of other colours too! I bought this fabric from Guthrie & Ghani using a discount voucher I had in my goody bag from the Sewing Weekender. And the inside of this fabric is so comfy – so so soft!

    I stitched it up entirely on my overlocker, which worked fantastically well. And a first for me was having a go cutting out pattern pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter. I honestly didn’t think I’d like this method, but turns out it gave such a perfect cut… and I’m a convert!

    The neckline is the trickiest part of this pattern. It kind of feels wrong stretching it out as you sew it in. And I guess the neckline is a bit on the large side, but I’m ok with that.

    I made this jumper 2 sizes larger than the last one I made, so that I can fit my baby bump in for a while longer, going into the Winter… here’s hoping.

    I have some more fabric in the wings waiting to be made into another sweatshirt, which I think I’ll do soon, while I’m in ‘Linden mode’! So watch this space 🙂

    Pattern: Grainline Studio, Linden Sweatshirt

    Fabric: Mustard yellow sweatshirt, Guthrie & Ghani

    Size made: 8

    Alterations: None