Men’s shirt refashion in to a bomber jacket

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

No Pattern Needed

Last Thursday I attended a talk at Fabrications by Rosie Martin the author of new sewing book No Pattern Needed

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.

All of the items are modern, interesting and yet simple to make. I want to make everything in the book, it’s not often you say that!

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.