Ta Da! My disappearing act

*SPOILER ALERT*  I’m still alive! Okay, so we both know some people need a bit of a blogging break now and then. It’s normal right? Often this involves a week or two of not blogging just to get some balance back or concentrate on a life project …. and it’s no different for me. Except that, well,Continue reading “Ta Da! My disappearing act”

The Sewjo Returns Rose Dress

If any garment could pull me from a seemingly endless sewing slump it would be a Lady Skater Dress. I have made so many versions of this Kitschy Coo number that I have had to trace the pattern twice already, as my first version has fallen apart! This is my easiest “go to” pattern for aContinue reading “The Sewjo Returns Rose Dress”

I am lost in the sewing wilderness

An epic adventure starring a hapless curvy sewer, dangerous pointy needles, extra sharp scissors, a missing mojo and fabric. Lots and lots of fabric. WARNING: This post contains an image that organised sewers may find extremely upsetting. You know, even now I am not quite sure how I got here. I think it was a combinationContinue reading “I am lost in the sewing wilderness”

The Heffalump Top (+ bonus nipple decor)

Brace yourself lovelies … there will not only be discussion of private pointy body parts in this post but also a curvy plus size body wearing an elephant print no less. (What can I say, I enjoy living life on the edge.) Well, with that warning in place, let’s get down to details. You haveContinue reading “The Heffalump Top (+ bonus nipple decor)”

Shorts … sewing’s final frontier?

For me, being part of the Curvy Sewing Collective is about pushing the boundaries and challenging the stereotypes for curvy and plus size women. This is particularly true of the sewing world where almost every pattern designed as a specific plus size range magically transforms itself into a shapeless, wafty tent. Quite why the big four patternContinue reading “Shorts … sewing’s final frontier?”

A pea green dress for a perfectionist

My mission: to design, draft and make a dress for Catherine, secret ninja, BFF and ultimate perfectionist to wear to the By Hand London party. Simple, non? Actually, no. This was a task fraught with peril at every turn. First of all, let me tell you a little more about my lovely friend Catherine …Continue reading “A pea green dress for a perfectionist”

Las Isla Bonita Señorita Skater

Hóla! The urge to make something Iberian inspired overtook me as soon as I laid eyes on this gorgeous floral jersey. A seductive and passionate mix of hot pink, turquoise and lime flowers on a deep black background it said sultry and Spanish to me straight away. It demanded ruffles and flounces, hoop earrings and the stamp of flamencoContinue reading “Las Isla Bonita Señorita Skater”

Pencil perfection – the heavens to Betsy skirt

It’s officially June, so that means summer in these parts, although given how much terrible weather we have had recently this news may come as a shock. For me, summer is a time for florals, polka dots and frivolous prints (you know how much I love a good novelty print). Anyway, when I caught sightContinue reading “Pencil perfection – the heavens to Betsy skirt”

The mythical Shirt of Perfect Fitting

There is a legend. I don’t know if you’ve heard it, but if you stand very still next to the pattern section of a fabric store and listen really, really hard you can sometimes hear it… the faintest echo of a story told long ago, from lands far away. Hush now, and really listen toContinue reading “The mythical Shirt of Perfect Fitting”

A lazy girl’s polka dot Olive top

I was practically doing cartwheels last month when I was asked if I would like to test the latest pattern release from Amity at Lolita Patterns. As you probably know, once you reach the boundaries of “plus size” sewing patterns, choice thins dramatically, often veering dramatically into the ubiquitous human cube/circus tent silhouette. For me, thatContinue reading “A lazy girl’s polka dot Olive top”