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”

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)”

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”

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”

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 momentContinue reading “Taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line …”

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 lifeContinue reading “A “don’t eat the daisies” Moneta”

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 toldContinue reading “A summery flower power Mabel skirt”

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)Continue reading “The Big C, World of Wee top transformation”

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 hoursContinue reading “The dress now standing on Platform One”