Fashion sewing

Here you will find a portfolio of my latest sewing projects and ways in which I have styled my sewing projects. I try to include any little tips and tricks that I discover along my way so that hopefully you will find my entries helpful. For more detailed sewing instructions please visit my online sewing tutorials.

I believe that sewing is a great way to develop your own fashion tastes and personal style and that the things you sew can be a key part of what you wear every day. For this reason this is also a style blog showing how the clothes you make yourself can help your create your own unique wardrobe.

Une Robe Français – Deer and Doe Reglisse

9 June 2013
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As soon as I saw the Deer and Doe summer patterns over on Ginger Makes I immediately ordered all three and made them up as soon as they arrived! This is very unlike me- normally I am really slow to get around to new patterns but with these it was a definite case of love […]

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One trick pony… another lace top

28 May 2013
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Okay so I know there has been a LOT of lace around here recently but… I made another lace top…oops! This was one of the garments that I made as part of my Little Paris Wardrobe and one of the ones I was actually able to wear in the un-seasonally chilly weather: with jeans, a […]

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Inspired by … Rachel Khoo

6 May 2013
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One of the biggest perks of being able to sew your own clothes is the freedom it gives you to recreate pretty much anything that inspires you. Whenever I see someone wearing something I simply MUST HAVE I get a rush of appreciation that I can draft patterns and sew. Simply being able to sew […]

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Colette Peony

29 April 2013
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Hello lovely readers! I fear I must start this blog post with an apology for my recent absence from the blogging world. I would love to say that I have been preoccupied with an exciting trip to an exotic faraway land but the rather more boring truth is simply that I got ill for a […]

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Little Black Jacket

13 March 2013
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I am a homey, home- loving kind of girl. Of the March sisters I am definitely the ‘Beth’ of the group, let’s hope with a slightly less tragic end! A consequence of this is that I have a lot of home related hobbies;  sewing (as you know), knitting, baking, reading and not least watching TV (usually […]

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Blue Jeans, White Shirt… | Colette Clover

10 February 2013
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Colette Clover is such a FAB trouser pattern! I love, love, love 60s style trousers- even more so after watching Celia rock them in ‘The Help’. I just think the high waist, slim leg and no fly-front combination is soooo elegant and flattering. By the way- for those of you who haven’t read / seen it […]

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1950s Camel Coat | Vogue 1083

7 February 2013
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I don’t go clothes shopping very often, you are far more likely to find me at a Benefit makeup counter or in the Peter Jones yarn department! At the start of the Autumn, however, it occurred to me that I needed some staple, comfy, warm winter garments and went out on a couple of trips […]

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Just my cup of tea – Colette Sencha Blouse

29 January 2013
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A few weeks ago I had a big toile day! By this I mean that I spent a day making up calico toiles of various patterns that I have had for a while. THREE of these were Colette patterns- to those of you that follow this blog that probably won’t come as much of a […]

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Colette Pastille Dress

10 December 2012
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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be given the lovely Colette Sewing Handbook as a gift. For those of you familiar with Colette patterns you will know how beautifully presented the little pattern booklets are- well the same is definitely true of their book. It is filled with fabulous sewing tips and comes […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside…

2 December 2012
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Over the last week or so the temperature here in London has plummeted. It is freeeeeeeeezing; car frozen up in the morning, ‘are you sure the heating is actually on?’, fluffy socks and hot water bottle in bed, freezing. I love the winter but mainly when I’m inside somewhere warm with hot tea or mulled […]

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Hello Autumn

8 September 2012
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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Autumn is without a doubt my most favourite season and I get very excited at the prospect of changing leaves, cooler days, Halloween, bonfires and fireworks. As someone who designs and makes her own clothes I am forced to be […]

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A 1960’s ‘Pan Am’ inspired couture jacket

27 August 2012
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A couple of years ago I did a short course on couture tailoring techniques. I loved how much history and skill there was behind the craft. It was only a one week course and so we were only scratching the surface of the skills involved but nevertheless sitting in the classroom on Curtain Road, an […]

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A far cry from the original

27 August 2012
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This was a strange sewing project! It was made from a vintage McCalls pattern from 1946. I really loved the shape of this vintage dress on the pattern picture but once I had sewn up a toile and tried it on I suddenly felt the urge to butcher the poor thing to oblivion. I looked […]

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McCalls Shirtwaist Dress

5 August 2012
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I have been wanting to add a shirt dress to my wardrobe for a while now, i actually can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to making one.  To me they are the ultimate 1950s dress and I love how iconicly vintage they are, conjuring up images of the poster girl fifties […]

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