Creatures on wing & paw

A butterfly print Pony Tank Butterfly prints have had a pretty bad rap in the fashion media over the last few years. According to Cosmo’s list they are high on the list of things you shouldn’t wear as a grown up. Well, lovely readers, you know my unrepeatable response to that, don’t you? As a plus size […]

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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 flamenco […]

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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 sight […]

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A “don’t eat the daisies” Moneta

Grab your bunting people, wave a few pom poms, or perhaps bring on the marching band to announce the arrival of this fabulous new dress pattern. The Moneta is the latest number from the team at Colette patterns, and part of the Curvy Colette’s plus size blog tour. Believe me when I tell you this is a life […]

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A summery flower power Mabel skirt

Toot toot! Would all passengers aboard for the Curvy Colette Plus Size Blog Tour please alight at the stone steps for your first peek at my incarnation of the cheeky minx Mabel skirt. That Mabel’s quite a hottie, with figure hugging seams for all your curves (and yes, I mean all of them) and truth be told […]

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The Japanese blossom Winifred dress

I have always loved the idea of a shirtdress – the perfect blend of smart lunch attire with a nonchalant nod towards “I haven’t really bothered”. They are also generally a friend of quilting cotton and are perfect to use up the miles of jolly prints languishing in your stash (that’s just a general statement […]

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The star spangled All American Girl dress

This confection of red, white and blue, complete with stars, stripes, half-naked wenches and glitzy USA typography, adorns my latest terribly understated  *embarassed cough* incarnation of the Lady Skater dress. As you’ll no doubt remember from my Intergalactic Planetary interpretation of the Lady Skater Pattern by Kitschycoo, I am head over heels in love with this pattern. It is […]

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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, for […]

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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 … […]

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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 that […]

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