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…

Hints and tips for sewing sanitary pads

Following on from my last post on the joys of sewing for your nether regions and rediscovering the magic of sewing the things you usually buy from a shop, here are my top tips for getting started making – and using – your own menstrual pads…

Sewing for your nether regions: new thrills for the jaded sewist

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I made sanitary towels. And do you know what? The process delighted me as much as, if not more than, sewing a pretty dress. Making things from scratch you previously considered impossible to make from scratch – the things that fall into the category of ‘I buy them’ – is a uniquely satisfying proposition. So read on (if you dare!) to find out why our ‘unmentionables’ might be just the ticket for sewjo joy…

Sewing relations: communing through the medium of buttons

A recent inundation of sewing notions led to a weekend of gleeful sorting. Through buttons and braids I found myself reminiscing about my gran, the woman who taught me how to knit and inspired me to see heaven in a single polyester button…

Studio debunk: five mantras to save money on your sewing space

It’s time to look beyond the seductive facade of the Instagram sewing studio. If you don’t have a designated space, let alone your own room, or you worry you can’t even afford to get started, read on – with a bit of thrift and creativity you can begin your journey towards a dream sewing space today…