’Cause I am a champion & you’re gonna hear me roar

Oooh – what is this terrifying creature lurking in the long bamboo on a sunny afternoon? Okay, maybe not so big on the scary front but very cute. Check out the little pouchy cheeks on these guys! This king of the jungle and his entourage are the awesome wild side critters to adorn this fun printContinue reading “’Cause I am a champion & you’re gonna hear me roar”

A bunch of Deer & Doe Plantains

Introducing my neon disco leopard print jungle january Plantain top, courtesy of those generous mesdames et messieurs at Deer & Doe. These are two more versions of their wonderful free top pattern … perfect for any knits lurking in your stash. This particular fabulous print looks like I shot and killed a spanglestastic disco diva big catContinue reading “A bunch of Deer & Doe Plantains”

3 wurms, some magic wire & an island wrap

DECLARATION: This post features yarny goodness and fiddling about with some pointy sticks. Anyone with an allergy to knitting related blog posts should step away from their browsing device immediately (no, no, don’t look back, the knitting vibe will get you!) Please be assured that normal sewing service will be resumed shortly. Okey dokey, forContinue reading “3 wurms, some magic wire & an island wrap”

Raindrops on roses & penguins on polka dots

Okay, okay, so I know they’re not quite the lyrics to acccompany Julie Andrew’s melody from the Sound of Music, but I strongly believe it is only because she didn’t have this enchanting fabric in front of her at the time. If they’d given her this fabric to make clothes out of for the troublesomeContinue reading “Raindrops on roses & penguins on polka dots”

Deer & Doe in the jungle

WARNING: this blog post features graphic photos of pattern slashing that some dedicated seamstresses may find distressing. I was smitten as soon as I saw this new pattern from Deer & Doe hit the Twittersphere. Not only did it look like an extremely useful everyday kind of top, but I already had some fabric in mind …Continue reading “Deer & Doe in the jungle”

Sewing a Christmas menagerie!

It’s Christmas Eve and there has been a veritable cavalcade of seasonal sewing in these parts. Yes, this time last year I absolutely promised myself that I would NOT put myself through these last minute deadlines and I would be sensible and actually go to the shop and buy some presents rather than try andContinue reading “Sewing a Christmas menagerie!”

You know your fabric stash is too big when …

As you may have guessed, I am not usually one to hold back when something lovely catches my eye, and of late, what with the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally, a near religious first experience at London’s Goldhawk Road and a few choice selections from the t’internet … well, let’s just say thatContinue reading “You know your fabric stash is too big when …”

When good sewing turns bad

I am having one of those phases at the moment. You know the ones, where pretty much everything you try to make turns to shit doesn’t quite turn out with the finesse you had in mind. I was thinking of what the right term for it is … and I suppose it’s the seamstress equivalent of writer’sContinue reading “When good sewing turns bad”

The After Dark shirt

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. I have always loved the colours of autumn and crashing my way through drifts of crisp, freshly fallen leaves wherever I walk. Of course, it is also the time of year when you can bring out your knitted scarves, and let’s face it – what’sContinue reading “The After Dark shirt”

The Michael Miller Teapot dress

I made this divine dress earlier this summer when I first saw the Tea Party print appear on the Frumble Fabrics website. It was another must have … I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make with it when I first bought it, and when I first showed my newly purchased fabric to myContinue reading “The Michael Miller Teapot dress”