You don’t see a lot of jersey around here, in fact I think this is the only jersey dress ever to have made an appearance on this blog. I feel very ‘exposed’ in form fitting jersey which kind of counterbalances the indisputable physical comfort of the soft stretchy fabric. This hasn’t actually changed and I […]

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An Elephant For Esme

July 16, 2015 · 6 comments

  So unfortunately I am currently sat nursing rather a nasty cold, this is a very common condition for me as I seem to have an immune system that is happy to let in any bugs that cross its path. Due to my love of past eras and all things vintage I am often asked […]

White cotton and pretty blue polka dots: Emmeline maternity dress

7 July 2015
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The weather finally warmed up enough here in England for me to wear one of my latest makes, a white cotton broderie anglaise maternity dress. In fact in true British style it went from zero to sixty and warmed up a bit to much to the point where this dress and the lightweight viscose jersey slip […]

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Fun with Fit part 6: Sleeves and finishing up

21 June 2015
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Massive apologies to anyone who has been following along with this Fun With Fit series and waiting for this final instalment. The unforgivably long gap since part 5 is down to various unavoidable life changes but nevertheless you have my sincerest apologies! Now lets talk sleeves… Having fitted our armscyes last time we are now ready […]

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Our gender reveal party, a Colette Hawthorn maternity hack and giveaway winners.

24 May 2015
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Thank you all so much for your kind words and congratulations on my last post, because so many of you expressed an interest in winning a copy of the Emmeline pattern I have actually picked two winners at random. I hope you enjoy the pattern Nathalie and Helen, drop me an email with your postal details […]

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A house in the country, a baby bump and a giveaway.

14 May 2015
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Hello everyone, I’m so sorry for the big gap since my last post on here. Whilst this little space on the internet has been gathering more dust that Miss Havisham’s banquet table I have been busy moving to a little chalet bungalow in the woods and making it to the halfway mark of my first […]

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Fun with Fit part 5: fixing temporary discrepancies and fitting the armscye

13 February 2015
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Hi everyone and apologies for the lack of post last week, we have been busy fighting off a grotty cold in our house. In this week’s fun with fit we are going to begin by addressing a couple of temporary issues that are the result of the slash and spread or slash and overlap approach we […]

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Fun with Fit Part 4: marking up and sewing the toile.

29 January 2015
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Hello everyone, welcome to part four of fun with fit, this week we are actually going to be working with some fabric at last! We need to begin by transferring all our markings onto our calico and cutting it out. It is very important that we transfer all of our darts and seam lines and our […]

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Fun with Fit Part 3: horizontal pre-adjustments

22 January 2015
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Hello and welcome back to another Fun with Fit. After taking our body measurements and making our vertical pre- adjustments last time we should hopefully be beginning this session with a fitting shell that has it’s bustline , waist and hipline in the correct positions for our bodies. We are now going to use a similar […]

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Fun with Fit Part 2: tracing your pattern and vertical pre-adjustments

16 January 2015
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Hello and welcome back to Fun with Fit! In this second session we are going to do the following: * Trace our fitting shell patterns and transfer ALL markings * Choose a cup size of B, C or D as a starting point and apply it to our bodice front pattern piece using the Butterick […]

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Fun With Fit- Part 1: an introduction and gather your supplies

8 January 2015
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Hello and welcome to Fun with Fit! Contrary to my tongue in cheek title and illustration, fit is a serious business in a dressmakers world. A well fitting garment is flattering and comfortable to wear but not always very easy to achieve. It can be quite tricky to pin point what exactly  is causing a […]

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Reflections and a new chapter…

4 January 2015
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The third new year has passed since I started this blog but this will be the first one I have documented here. I spent my early morning reading several such posts from some of my favourite bloggers and it got me reflecting on my year and my hopes and plans for the year ahead. The Little […]

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My New Pattern Label: Introducing The Emmeline Tee

7 December 2014
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all really well. I have been all consumed with a very exciting project just recently which is why I haven’t blogged anything for a little while. Thankfully it is finally ready to share with you guys- hooray! As those of you who have been following this blog for a […]

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Featherdown Sweater | Kim Hargreaves Asma

18 October 2014
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Despite having an almost continual chain of knitting projects on the go very few ever make it onto this blog for some reason. Co-incidentally the last one that did was also pale blush pink and fluffy, unfortunately that one had to be donated to charity as I knitted it from Angora yarn before knowing about the […]

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