Colette Rue

Colette // Rue Dress

It’s halfway through September and I’ve only just shown you my August makes nevermind told you about my September sewing plans but I’m here today to share with you one of my September makes (who said you had to blog stuff in order anyway?!). This is my version of the Colette Rue dress: their newly released pattern harking back to the vintage era. When Colette got in touch and kindly offered me the opportunity to sew a sample of the Rue, I was really intrigued to see how this style might work on me so I eagerly accepted. The result? A feminine frock with beautiful finishes — inside and out — and some really pretty features. Forgive how bright these photos are; the sun made an unexpected appearance this morning!

Colette Rue

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Deer and Doe Mélilot shirt

Deer and Doe // Mélilot Shirt

Well, August is going swimmingly! What, with the wonderful Sewing Weekender in Cambridge last weekend — which was absolutely brilliant, check out Gabby’s fabulous vlog about it — and this, my third make, in the form of Deer and Doe’s Mélilot Shirt. I used some wonderful Atelier Brunette Blossom Shell viscose I had leftover from a previous make. She’s a bright and breezy beaut! Let me tell you more about her.

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Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 // Bralette & Panties

Hello! I’ve taken a break from my intensive 5-day driving course practice — it’s quite exhausting, in case you were wondering — to bring you my first foray into lingerie making. Tackling underwear had been on my radar for a little while so when chief panty girl Madalynne contacted me to sew a sample of one of the patterns from her collaboration with Simplicity, I jumped at the chance. Madalynne X Simplicity 8228, a halter or racer back bralette and panties pattern, is now available from the stockists listed here.


Vlog // fabric, patterns and sewing plans August 2016 + GIVEAWAY!

Told you I’d be back in a few days with my August sewing plans vlog!

This one’s also special because there’s a …GIVEAWAY!


I have a copy of The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style to give away to one of my YouTube channel viewers or blog readers. The terms and conditions are below. So, what are you waiting for; head on over to the vlog, watch the video, and add your comment to be in with a chance of winning!

Terms and Conditions
  1. Commenting on the YouTube video is one entry. Additional YouTube comments from the same user will not be counted as additional entries.
  2. Commenting on this blog post is one entry. Additional blog post comments from the same user will not be counted as additional entries.
  3. For two entries, comment on both the YouTube video AND the blog post. If you do comment here, please let me know your YouTube username so I can match you up.
  4. Closing date for entries is midnight Wednesday 31 August (BST, or GMT+1).
  5. Open to all, UK and international.
  6. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via YouTube, email or blog comment. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, I reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

I purchased a copy of the giveaway prize myself.