Sustainable sewing, part three: ways forward

Can we resolve the conflict between our creative passion and the waste it produces? The final instalment in this series on sustainable sewing explores some of the ways we can promote greater sustainability in our sewing practice…

Refashion: turning a Lady McElroy dress into a boxy top and shirt

Refashioning is one of my favourite sewing pastimes, so when I fell out of love with a Simple Sew pattern hack I’d created for Love Sewing magazine, I knew it was time to transport this green spotty Lady McElroy viscose from dreamy summer maxi to something I would wear day in and day out…

Can you save money sewing your own coat?

Sewing coats is hugely satisfying, but the expense of coating fabrics, linings and interfacings – not to mention patterns and notions – can seem off-putting. Is it possible to sew a decent winter coat for less than you’d pay on the high street? Read on to find out…

Coat making with vintage sewing patterns

If you’re looking for the perfect coat, why not try a vintage pattern? Whatever the season, there’s a vintage sewing pattern to inspire you. Whether you use the designs as a launch pad for your own bespoke piece, or follow faithfully for some of the best sewing instructions in town, you won’t regret diving into the sewing pattern archives for inspiration…

Six reasons to love sewing coats and outerwear

When it comes to coats, I’m firmly in the Luther Vandross camp: never too much or too many. I love a good coat and get a real kick out of being able to make my own outerwear exactly how I want it . Not convinced? Read on for six great reasons to get into – and sew! – coats this winter.

Sewing the Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket: review, hacks and tips

The Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket might just have saved my sewing practice this year: a slow burning passion project that kept the creative flame alive. Read on to find out more about this versatile pattern and some hacks and tips on how to turn it (or any other simple jacket for that matter) into a sturdy piece of Scandi-style outerwear…

Quest for the perfect tee: my top three t-shirt sewing patterns

In my last post I suggested we share more basics. So today I return with news of my top three sewing patterns for the basic tee. I’ve been on a bit of a quest, truth be told, but after a lot of fiddling and faffing with tried and tested patterns, my favourite turned out to be a t-shirt pattern that’s perfect straight out of the box…

The sewing we don’t share: challenging our own Instagram filter

Why do we refrain from sharing the more mundane side of making on Instagram? Are some makes too boring for the grid? When we filter our feeds because we feel our makes are not interesting enough, do we inadvertently narrow the playing field? Maybe it’s time to embrace ‘boring’ sewing and share it with the world…