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, that […]

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Taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line …

I love Manhattan. I have a very complicated relationship with the city that goes back many years. You see … I met my ex-husband in New York City, in the aftermath of a huge airport closing snowstorm.  It was my very first time Stateside and I was in total shock and awe mode from the moment […]

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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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Time for peacocks & pocket watches

You know how it is when you see a fabric and fall head over heels in love? That’s what it was like when I first set eyes on this amazing peacock print. I know that I have ongoing bird print issues, yet I am still drawn to them, from penguins to swallows and every kind of […]

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Hey, Ma … I’ve got a Liebster (& other shock revelations)

Quick, someone call my mum … real proof that not just my family read my sewing adventures came to light this week, when I was nominated for a Liebster award by the wonderful Jenny at Cashmerette. It is lovely to be nominated for any kind of award, but when that nomination comes from someone who you […]

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The Big C, World of Wee top transformation

In which I have an adventure sporting my new top featuring extreme bladder appliqué. Really? A … bladder? You betcha. “Ummmm”, said the lady in the shop staring at my chest (yes, I know this is not an unusual phenomena, although it is normally an affliction of the gentlemen in my world, however, I digress) […]

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The dress now standing on Platform One

Choo choo … is that yet another incarnation of the Lady Skater pattern on the tracks? Okay Pattern Police, hands up, I’m afraid it’s guilty as charged. In my defence, this dress is the ultimate quick fix for a bored wardrobe and in theory can be cut out and sewn in less than two hours […]

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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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