I took part in @amynicolestudio and @pilarbear‘s Restyling Exchange. The idea is that you send off an item that you want restyled with your measurements and your likes and dislikes to someone to restyle and send back to you. Then … Continue reading
So there it’s done. #MeMadeMay2017 is complete. I challenged myself to wear something me made everyday of May. I was so close to completing it then the weather got really hot and my me-made wardrobe struggled to keep up, oh … Continue reading
I am very proud of this jumper as it took at least three attempts and on and off 2.5 years to make but it was all worth it because this is the first me-made jumper I will actually wear. Oh … Continue reading
This top was really fun as upcycling uses a different part of my brain. When following patterns I find that sewing is more about the final output unless I’m learning lots of new skills. But with upcycling you always need … Continue reading
I made this cushion from ties from a charity shop as a wedding present. The receivers love it and I have to say I do to! The fabrics are lovely soft silk but for the fraction of the shop bought … Continue reading
As soon as I got the No Pattern Needed book I was full of inspiration and wanted to make everything. Without the chance to go fabric shopping I needed to use something from my stash. This fabric was given to … Continue reading
The aim of the book is to use basic shapes (rectangles, triangles and squares), your body measurements and a bit of maths to create garments. And as the title says no pattern is needed.
Rosie gave an interesting introduction to the process of publishing the book as well as a bit of an insight in to the Great British Sewing Bee world (she used to help create the patterns for the show). She brought along some toiles which are great inspiration for makes from the book.
I bought the book at Fabrications.
Recently I was at talking to a friend about the joy of culottes – getting to look smart while actually wearing shorts. Anyway it seems that we were just ahead of the curve because they’re everywhere in London right now. Using Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldrich I drafted a pattern and this is what I made:
I made them about a month ago and I’ve been wearing them loads, particularly to the park. I get to sit crosslegged while wearing a ‘skirt’ and not flashing – win!
The fabric is a polycotton from Dalston Mill Fabrics. They could do with an iron in this photo!
I made the pattern by cancelling out the darts at the waist and I think next time I’ll go for a full circle skirt.