Sew not buy progress

So…I’ve failed miserably at doing my May and June projects. I go on holiday in a weeks time and I’d hoped to have finished 2 more items of clothing, however I really just haven’t had the time. Since finishing my first year of my masters degree, I really thought I’d have more time, but lots of other things have got in the way, resulting in very little sewing time. However I’m not deterred and look forward to returning from holiday and getting back to my sewing machine.


I plan on taking a few crochet projects away with me and have managed to finish a few projects recently. I’m planning on making more of these baskets to sell at this years WI tea and tents camping weekend, so I’ve got a massive bag of yarn to take away with me!

Sarah x

Sew not buy project #3 – March

My third sew not buy project was to be the easy sew short skirt from the 2nd Great British Sewing Bee book. This is a very basic pattern with an elastic waistband. I’ve had the fabric that I wanted to use for a while, a quirky print of tape measures in oranges, browns and creams. I haven’t tried any of the other patterns from the book and this one didn’t even require a pattern, just some basic measurements. However this was where this simple project started to go wrong – the diagram and the measurements weren’t right.
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Sew not buy project #2 – February

After the success of my first project, I was keen to make another item from the Tilly and the buttons Coco pattern. I had been browsing Louise’s blog and saw she had bought some warm Jersey from White Tree fabrics. They had a good selection of colours and even a discount code for using whilst The sewing bee is on! I went for a colour that looked like a petrol blue, but was quite tempted by the purple one too. In hindsight I think if I was to order again I would use their sample service. It’s always better to feel the fabric and see the colours before buying. Continue reading

A lesson in bread making

A few weeks ago hubby and I went to a bread making workshop held by Jo at her bakery in Widnes. I’ve known Jo since we met at one of the Chrisdingle Christmas fairs a few years ago. Since then I’ve been getting loaves from her mainly at Christmas – her stollen is amazing! I’ve not been able to subscribe to her weekly bakery scheme, so when she mentioned that she was doing some lessons on bread making, it seemed the perfect opportunity to learn how to bake myself. Continue reading

Sew not buy project #1 – January

Following on from my new year post, I wanted to share with you my January project, if a little late!

As I previously mentioned, my first project was the Coco dress from Tilly and the buttons. I can’t recommend this pattern enough, it’s perfect for beginners and those new to sewing with Jersey/knit fabrics. The instructions are very easy to follow and the dress hardly takes any time to make.

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New year, new start

A bit of a belated happy new year! I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and are all fresh faced and ready for 2015?!

You might have noticed I’ve been AWOL for a few months, what with starting University work and preparing for Christmas I haven’t really done any crafting. As always January brings new life into everything and a different perspective too. For Christmas hubby kindly bought me a Cloth Kits dress kit and a Tilly and the Buttons pattern which has spurred me on to get sewing again. I decided that rather than buying new clothes I would try and make them instead. However with regular work for uni and assignments needing to be done, I have hopefully set myself a realistic target of sewing one new item each month. I have written a list of the things I want to make and roughly when I will make them, hopefully to be timed with the seasons! I spent a happy hour or so scouring the Internet looking at gorgeous patterns and fabric and have bought what I need for the next 3 months.


Maeri at The Make and Do Studio has kindly offered to show me how to use an overlocker, which will help give my garments a more professional look.

My first item is going to be the Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons. I’ll let you know how I get on!

Sarah x

Leather bags at Unit Twelve Gallery

So I have been to my final workshop at Unit Twelve. This time it was some sewing in the form of leather bags. The workshop was taught by the super talented Gosia Weber, her bags are stunning!

We started off by choosing our leather pieces. For someone who is extremely indecisive, this was a long long process! After much deliberation, I decided on 4 different colours that I hoped would complement each other.
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