As I’ve mentioned before, storage space is a bit of a premium where I currently live and I need to be careful about the items I keep. My fabric stash has the potential to get out of hand, so a little while ago I had a sort out and picked out the pieces which are realistically too small to make anything worthwhile from . We … Continue reading De-Stashing and Car-Booting
Its become a bit of a tradition with myself and my friends that we celebrate Burns’ night. None of us are Scottish, or even live there, but we have had some great summer holidays together at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival enjoying comedy and the culinary delights of Scotland. Its quite a nice time of the year to catch up too – something to look forward … Continue reading Scottish Skirts (+ Tutorial)
Having moved house so many times in recent years (seven times in nine years!), I’m really careful with my possessions and quite ruthless in not holding on to anything that doesn’t serve me a purpose. If I’m in doubt about whether to keep something, I just imagine the tiring days of moving boxes and boxes of stuff from house to house. As a consequence, I’m … Continue reading Sewing Gadget Gifts
I’m at that point now where people don’t seem to want anything for Christmas – in many cases they already have everything they need and don’t want any more clutter (or are just being plain difficult!). This year, I decided to embark on some handmade gifts in the hope that it the time and care that had gone into creating them would be more appreciated than any … Continue reading Christmas Gifts
I’d already had some thoughts and ideas for what will make it onto my sewing table this year, when I saw @rochelle_new’s instagram initiative #2017MakeNine. I joined instagram a couple of months ago (@ellarooo85 if you’re interested 😉 ) and I’ve followed some really good projects (#littlereddressproject, #lindenswap, #seamstresstag…..), but I’ve not really been in a position to join in. However, a new year, new … Continue reading 2017 Plans
This is one of my absolute favourite patterns. I find the shape of the yoke, and how it sits flat against the tummy with the fullness of the pleats on the skirt body very flattering. I’ve only ever made view D, as this length suits me best (I have pretty short legs). I might explore the gored version at some point though for a bit … Continue reading New Look 2451
Welcome everyone to my new blog! I’ve made great use of some brilliant blogs whilst on my dressmaking adventure, now I feels its time to give something back to the community! I find the tips, reviews, and inspiration invaluable when tackling a new project, and I hope to help some new people along the way. First, a bit about me…. I got the dressmaking bug … Continue reading Welcome!