Being On Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

Boy, what a whirlwind! Me, on the television? Never thought that would happen! Yesterday evening, I appeared on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2017 in the advent calendar competition. (If you missed it and fancy a watch, you can click this link: Channel 4 On Demand – Episode 3) I’d been out in London for the day at a…

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Alex Shirt

This was my second Alex shirt (from the Sew Over It: City Break eBook) so I was hoping that it would be better than my first one – which, looking back, I realise I never reviewed! What a bad egg – I’ll make sure that it’s all properly gone through here! My first version was…

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TATB Marigold Trousers Review

I’ve been a fan of the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold sewing pattern since I got it in June, and have made the jumpsuit version a few times – but this was my first round sewing the trousers! Spoiler: I love them. You can probably tell from the cheery little photo below: In my Autumn Sewing Plans video,…

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How to Travel Alone When You Have Seizures

The illustration used for this post is by Debbie Powell for Uppercase Magazine Travelling long distances on your own is always going to be stressful – hauling along a ridiculously heavy suitcase that has one of those pingy wheels that carries the ever-present threat of causing your  suitcase to veer off in a wholly unprecedented…

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How to Create a Mending Kit for Each Garment

For the ‘mending’ week for Mend It Month Revisited, I was going to do a tutorial on how to darn a hole or fix a broken zip or something – but then I decided that there were loads of great tutorials online, which I’ve encouraged all of the members of the Caring for Your Clothes Facebook group (feel free…

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SOI Doris Dress: Sneak Peek

I wrote a full post on the Sew Hayley Jane blog on this dress as the fabric that I used was from this month’s subscription box, but I thought I’d do a little round up over here to show you the finished article. Recently, the majority of the thing’s that I’ve made have been thanks to lovely…

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How to Identify the Gaps in Your Wardrobe

When you make your own clothes, you want to make sure that you wear them and You want your wardrobe to be functional, so a good place to start in identifying the gaps in your wardrobe is by thinking about how you spend your time (how you actually spend your time, not what you’d like to be doing…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Look After Your Clothes

I’m probably already coming across as a preachy-sort of mum just by that title, but I figured I should really get to the point with it – looking after your clothes is something really important – especially when you make them yourself! Research has shown that over the years we’ve moved away from looking after…

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Sashiko Embroidery

Sashiko embroidery is something that I’m really interested in – so I thought I’d share the idea with you and maybe give you some inspiration for this week’s challenge for Mend It Month! (If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, read the post linked there) Sashiko embroidery, also known as sashiko mending –…

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Last weekend (well, technically from Thursday until Sunday) was the Great British Sewing Bee Live – a new event that featured contestants and judges from series past, a catwalk of Vogue patterns, workshops and a snazzy array of shopping opportunities! I went on the Sunday with mum, and arrived just as the doors opened –…

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Embroidered Marigold Jumpsuit

I know that I haven’t written a post about any of my recent makes in quite a long while, to be honest I’ve been so excited about writing the ones about caring for your clothes that they took a bit of a back seat for a while there! But now the pattern reviews are back,…

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Which Clothes Hangers Should I Be Using?

This post is sort of following on from my last one: Which Clothes Should I Hang and Which Should Be Folded?, so if you’d like to read that first (or next – you might as well stay to the end if you’re already here) that’s linked up there. I’ll warn you now, this may not…

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Which Clothes Should I Hang and Which Should Be Folded?

As a maker of your own clothes, I’m sure you’re going to want them to last as long as possible – I know I certainly do! As our clothes spend the majority of their life in the wardrobe, storage plays a really big part in how long they last – hanging clothes that should be…

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I’ve Made a Printable!

Hello there! Today I have something mighty exciting, even if I do say so myself – so I’ll cut to the chase; I’ve made a free printable for you! This printable is one that you can use for those moments when you see a garment and think ‘boy oh boy do I want to make…

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A Jaw Update & Call to Arms (Or Thumbs)

I’ve been meaning to write this post for about a week, but I hadn’t gotten round to it until now! I’ll start off by saying that the Sewing Weekender was just so amazingly rad – I’m currently rendering the video (as I’m writing, so it’ll probably be on YouTube by the time it’s posted) if…

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#thesewbackproject Wrap Up!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a happy day – hopefully this post and seeing lots of cute baby photos will cheer you up if you aren’t! Today I’ll be wrapping up the sewalong I hosted, #TheSewbackProject (if you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, click that link and you can read what it’s all about…

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Book Review – Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear

A book review?! How new and exciting! Today I’m reviewing Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear (6th Edition) By Winifred Aldrich, which, as the title may suggest, is a book about creating and adapting blocks to create clothes for women. I’d been looking at buying this book and reading reviews on it for a little while,…

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Sew Over It Elsie Dress – Pattern Review

I was a very super lucky ducky recently, as I was a Sew Over It pattern tester for the release of their newest paper pattern, the Elsie dress. I’d seen Elsie on their website a few times when looking through the London classes, and knew that there was a lot of hype around the pattern…

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TCC – Style Profile Summary

This one is going to be the last of the TCC posts for a little bit – the next step is the closet detox, so I need to get going on that before I write about it (you can probably imagine the problem that would come with writing about detoxing my closet without actually having…

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A GBSB Giveaway!

I’ve been wanting to shower you all in free gifts for a long while now, but so far I haven’t been in a financial position to be able to do that really – but I have been saved by the lovely people behind the Great British Sewing Bee Live, who have given me a whopping five…

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Back to the Jaw-ing Board

Hello! I haven’t done a Chronicles of Illness post in a while, have I? Seems about time. Rather than this one being full of tips on how to cope with your illness, this one’s more of an update on my life, and why I’ve come to the decision to take a momentary YouTube break. As…

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My Prom Dress!

Yay, the prom dress was made in time! I’d been planning this make for ages, but there were lots of calamities involved, which meant that I didn’t actually finish it until two hours before the prom – despite knowing what I wanted to make since around October. Year 13 prom (which is basically the last year…

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TCC – Style Profile Phase One

This post is going to sort of include three steps from The Curated Closet, but one I’m not really able to talk about properly because I went through it taking mental notes rather than written ones. And that step was going through (almost) all of the things written in my master list in the TCC – Discovering My…

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Marigold & the Tilly HQ!

Hello! Yesterday heralded my first Marigold jumpsuit – a Tilly and the Buttons pattern – something which I’d been meaning to make for a while but ended up being one of those items that ends up being taken over by sewalongs and the sort of garments that you just need to make for a specific day…

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TCC – Discovering My Style (Phase Two)

This is the most exciting  bit so far!! (Well, I think so anyway) I went through all of the sites, shops and accounts that I wrote on my checklist in the TCC – Discovering My Style (Phase One)  blog post, looked through everything, and made notes on everything that I was drawn to. After that I had…

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TCC – Discovering My Style (Phase One)

So, this next bit is where it starts to get exciting! I’ve been looking through magazines, websites, blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, online shops and everything inbetween to find exactly what it is that I’m drawn to style-wise and making a note of it. Something that’s really handy to do here (and may or may not be…

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TCC – The Status Quo & Style Goals

I know I haven’t gone into much (if any) detail on how this series is going to be structured, and the reason for that is that I’m not really that sure myself. So I hope you don’t mind both me and you going with the flow! Today I’m going to be going through the first…

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My #thesewbackproject Dress

Hello to you lovely sewists! Just to let you know, I’m going to be extending the deadline for #thesewbackproject until the end of July instead of the end of June! I know that there are a lot of sewalongs ending this month, so to give you a chance and so that you won’t need to rush,…

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My 2017 Vintage Pledge

When I first heard about this snazzy-sounding sewalong (does it count as a sewalong? If not you know what I mean), I thought that it seemed right up my street. I know I’ve mentioned it in one of my previous blog posts (which one though, I don’t know), but since writing it I’ve been mulling…

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The Lovestruck Mimi Blouse

This is my second Mimi blouse, and hopefully you’ll be pleased to hear that the making of this one was a much smoother journey! (If you’d like to read about the many mishaps of the previous Mimi, I’ll link the blog post here.) The fabric was very lightweight so I knew it would gather nicely,…

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Finding Your Reason

I say a lot in real life that I don’t want being a bit of a lemon to define me as a person, that I don’t want to be known as ‘that disabled girl’, so it seems ridiculous that I would choose ‘Hobbling Handmades’ as a name, right? The truth is, being disabled does define me.…

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TATB Mimi Blouse

TATB, for any of you wondering, means ‘Tilly and the Buttons’ – an independent pattern and sewing company owned by the very fabulous Tilly Walnes. I just couldn’t fit the whole name in the title of the blog post, so abbreviating it was really my only option. This one’s a bit late. Dropped the ball…

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A Review: The First Cardigan

This cardigan has been so many months in the making, and it’s a bit weird that it’s finally done. It isn’t perfect and there are lots of parts of it that I’ve been having arguments with, but it’s wearable. I’m just not sure if I really will wear it. When you’ve spent so long on something, it’s so annoying…

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#TheSewbackProject

Hello to you lovely readers! Long time no speak, right?! (I have finished another garment but I can’t write about it yet because it’s for a sewalong so it isn’t time) This is my exciting news – or at least it is if you want to join me in my idea! I’ve come up with…

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What I Did For Mend It Month

Last month, I decided to give myself a personal challenge to tackle the pile of things that had built up at the back of my wardrobe, that I’d promised myself I’d alter or mend. Instead of letting it get any bigger, I dedicated each week of November to a certain task and told myself that…

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