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…

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…

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…

Five reasons to love the Zadie Jumpsuit

I’m always bowled over by patterns that are deceptive in their simplicity: the sort of thing you think you could probably draft yourself but in reality there’s a hidden art to the design that would be hard to imitate. The Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit is a perfect example – so here are five reasons to show it some love…