My Handmade Wardrobe

Seamwork Astoria in Atelier Brunette Twinkle Rose French Terry from Faberwood Seamwork // Astoria March 3, 2017 - Well, it’s only bloomin’ March already! And at the start of the third month, allow me to introduce to you the third make from my 2017 Make Nine list; a Seamwork Astoria. As I mentioned in my February sewing plans vlog, I’d originally opted for the Sewaholic Fraser sweatshirt but I swapped to the Astoria as I’d had […]
Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak Closet Case Patterns // Kelly Anorak February 18, 2017 - Perhaps you’re as surprised as I am to learn I’ve already finished one of the beefier makes on my 2017 Make Nine list; the Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak but finished she is and I’m very pleased with the result! The first thing I should say is these photos make it look brown. It really […]
Colette Mabel Colette // Mabel Skirt February 3, 2017 - Pretty pumped to share with you my first completed make of my #2017MakeNine list: a Colette Mabel skirt. Whilst in my initial 2017 Make Nine post, I debated between this pattern and McCall’s 7331 in my stash, sometime ago I got halfway through a test version of M7331 and decided I really wasn’t feeling it. Plus, […]
Grainline Studio Lark Tee and Seamwork Margo Circle Skirt Basic Bitch // Grainline Studio Lark Tee + Seamwork Margo Circle Skirt January 27, 2017 - Happy New Year folks! How’s 2017 treating you so far? I’ve had a pretty busy one on all fronts really, including sewing! In terms of productivity, in addition to the makes I’m just about to share with you, I’ve already made a Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress which didn’t work out (sadface), a Grainline Studio […]
The Little Red Dress Project Reveal // #TheLittleRedDressProject December 21, 2016 - It’s time for the big REVEAL of my little red dress. Want to know more? Scroll down for the YouTube video.
Pattern Testing // Megan Nielsen Karri Dress November 14, 2016 - Some time ago, back in May to be precise, Megan Nielsen patterns put out a call for testers which I eagerly responded to, filling in the form and looking forward to the potential opportunity. To my surprise, I was chosen! And the pattern was the Karri dress: a fully-lined, multi-panelled, princess seamed dress. I finished my version of Karri […]
Colette Rue Colette // Rue Dress September 14, 2016 - 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 […]
Deer and Doe Mélilot shirt Deer and Doe // Mélilot Shirt August 26, 2016 - 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 […]
Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 // Bralette & Panties August 18, 2016 - 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 […]
Seamwork // Adelaide Dress August 3, 2016 - Wow, It feels like such a long time since I’ve blogged one of my makes. And such a lovely make it was too. The Seamwork Adelaide dress — also known as the snap dress — is a departure from my usual style of a fitted bodice, nipped in at the waist, and a full skirt. So, I’m […]
Seamwork Addison Seamwork // Addison tank July 6, 2016 - Confession time: I am in love with Seamwork patterns! They’d been on my radar since the launch of their first issue back in December 2014 but I’d been a fool and not tried any. Until last month, when I decided to bite the bullet and subscribe! At only $6 a month, with 2 pattern vouchers each month to spend […]
All About Agnes June 28, 2016 - You might have seen my first Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top during Me Made May 2016 but I really thought she deserved her own blog post because she’s pretty scrumptious! In fact, I’ve made two now: the first was a stripey Agnes with beautiful cotton spandex very kindly gifted to me by Sew Essential UK. […]
Aztec Lady Skater dress Jerseeeeeeey! Aztec Lady Skater dress February 12, 2016 - This post has been two years in the making! Sort of. Jersey was a fabric I’d heard was great to sew with and very forgiving on fit. I’d heard this maaaaany, many times. And yet, in the two years since I started sewing, I’d continued to avoid it. For some reason, I was scared of it. […]
Sewaholic // Minoru LumberJacket February 3, 2016 - Didn’t think I’d see this day so soon; me having finally completed my Sewaholic Minoru jacket. Real talk: at points, I wasn’t even sure I’d see this day at all, the project seemed infinite! How I managed it is a bit of a mystery; all of a sudden last week, there was some supercharged sew-jo occurring and I moved from […]
Charloretta dress Charloretta Dress January 4, 2016 - Time for another mashup ’round here! This one is a love child of Love Sewing magazine’s Simple Sew Loretta dress (issue 20) and By Hand London’s Charlotte skirt. Coming up with a name for these frankenpatterns is often the trickiest part but I don’t think this one is too bad. What do you reckon? Featuring […]
By Hand London // Pixel Roses Kim and Zeena Dress Mash-Up October 2, 2015 - When By Hand London announced they were discontinuing their printed patters (#sadface), I splurged and bought a few, including the Kim Dress, being a sucker for the beautiful sweetheart neckline. I must admit however, the skirt options hadn’t quite won me over. So on the shelf it went until I could decide how I felt. Now, I’m also […]
Simplicity 1696 Simplicity // 1696 “Amazing Fit” Cranberry Trousers September 26, 2015 - What a hiatus that was! There was lots of drama at work, a visit from my sister and a few birthday and leaving parties! I did manage to finish these red trousers in time to enter Karen‘s Made Up Initiative and fired off the following photo, having quickly snapped a few on a Friday in my back garden before heading to work. Blogging […]
By Hand London Anna Dress By Hand London // Baby Pink Anna Dress September 4, 2015 - Slowly working my way through these long overdue makes, here comes another from a while back. I made this Anna dress back in February — I remember because I was up late finishing it before travelling to New York the next morning — using some baby pink cotton I purchased in Hawaii and a BHL pattern I […]
Deer and Doe // Houndstooth Belladone Dress August 28, 2015 - Well, that was a slightly longer break than I wanted it to be! For a few different reasons; I’ve been working away on the trousers for my Made Up Initiative pledge, including tracing and toiling, and am now well into construction. But I’m waiting for some matching Moon overlocker thread I’ve ordered online, otherwise I’d probably […]
By Hand London // Hawaiian Flora Dress August 16, 2015 - In an effort to start making a dent in my blog backlog (which currently stands at 24 unblogged makes!), it’s time for another completed post, this time a By Hand London Flora Dress made with some lovely Hawaiian print cotton I bought during a trip to Hawaii back in November last year. You know, this […]
SewaholicBelcarra21 Sewaholic // Belcarra blouse 2.0 August 3, 2015 - Back in February, I blogged my first Sewaholic Belcarra blouse, which I’d made 6 months prior to that, back when I was still very much learning a lot of the techniques involved. The end result was still a lovely blouse but I knew it was a pattern I wanted to tackle again, once I’d improved. And […]
Sewaholic // Belcarra blouse February 10, 2015 - It’s been a little while but here’s another helping of Sewing Saturday. At this point, about nine months ago, I had sewing with zips and typical fabrics – cotton, linen, etc. – under my belt and had started a dress and finished two pairs of shorts. But wanted to change direction slightly: try a pattern […]
Colette // Iris shorts October 11, 2014 - This Sewing Saturday post comes in the shape of shorts. These shorts were actually the first piece of clothing I made (read: finished) and I was really happy with how they turned out. Of course, you will notice how shoddily my invisible zipper insertion is! And I probably should’ve fixed that. *slapped wrist* But they […]
By Hand London // Georgia Dress September 27, 2014 - Remember those sewing and dressmaking classes I attended? All that sewing I said I was (going to be) doing? On my other blog, I even created a Sewing Saturday series and a sewing page. Well,now it’s time to revisit all of that here, on this new blog. I’ve been wanting to share my sewing escapades […]

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