Easy Sew Work Skirt

I am happy to announce that I will be starting a new full time job soon. It has been a long time coming and I am quite relieved! However it does mean that I will be spending a lot less time doing the things I love. I am hoping to be able to cram knitting, sewing and bag making into evenings and weekends, it is such an important part of who I am these days that I really don’t think I could live without it!

I want to share a new work skirt I have made using a tutorial from “So sew easy- Making a Pencil skirt Sloper” I have always been a knitter first but after having finally taught myself to use the overlocker (that’s been sitting in the corner for 2 years) I thought it was about time to take on some simple sewing. I am certain that this will be the first project of many as it is so satisfying to make something that fits perfectly, and in a fraction of the time of a knitting project.

Plus I will certainly enjoy wearing this on my first day!

I used the basic pattern technique in the tutorial and I added a leather waistband, invisible zip, small split and hand sewn invisible hemline. Fits like a dream. Give it a go! xx

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Secrets of my sewing snug

This is one for the crafters out there.

I have finally got my sewing room in order after 7 months! To be fair to myself it is the first time I have ever had a room to call my own. I also had to adapt from being in a gorgeous open plan living room with huge sky lights to a standard north facing back bedroom (with carpet!).

As you can imagine I was low on furniture and ideas, and it has really taken a long time to understand what I need, how I work best and how to be clever with space while keeping costs to a minimum. When we first arrived I couldn’t even bring myself to make anything new, the room was so depressing and dark my creativity went into total hibernation. Thankfully the fog lifted and I am much more back to my former self. In fact I now spend more time in this room than any other! On the last count, I have been able to adapt this room for under £200 (not including items we already owned).

Items we already had:
Large glass topped desk-Ikea,
Pine book shelf (painted white) given to us for free by a friend,
Industrial stool-Alexander & Pearl (no. 8 in below picture),
Vintage long arm metal lamp-flea market Paris,
Vase used as a kniting needle pot-thrift shop,
Pen pots-Eurodiff,
Dress dolly-a lucky find-bought from a fashion student in Paris who was returning to the US.

New items:


1.Black shelving unit-Argos £35 (I bought 2)
2.Clothes rail-Argos £25,
3.Re-upholstered chair –bakeronsundaystreet £30,
4.Vintage clock-Tunnel Vintage £15,
5.Black desk-Rinkit £15,
6.Pink bin-House of Fraser £13,
7.Green metal drawer cabinet-free from an office temp job (woohoo! it’s my favourite piece!!) Similar here

Top tips:
* Layout is key. As a machine knitter, hand knitter and machine sewer I needed three seperate places to work, plus an office space to use my computer. All I had to do was turn the main desk 180° et voilà! There are now three corresponding work areas in my room that I can move between easily on my chair with wheels. I can leave an unfinished piece of knitting on my machine undisturbed while I do other things.

sewing room layout

sewing room layout

* Lighting is a major issue. A north facing room has its obvious issues therefore I replaced the main light with a high wattage bulb (halogen 70w=92w), and the bulb in the lamp is a high wattage white light energy saving bulb essential for up close work.
* Comfort is important also. Us crafters spend a lot of our time seated and a chair that has a sturdy back and soft base is essential.
* Keep it colourful! I could not work in this room without the art posters or plants.
* Due the time spent in this room I bought a cheap set of twin land line phones to ensure I can make and receive calls here without running down the stairs. Twin phone.

There remains many items on my wish list for future purchases, and I may have chosen differently given a bigger budget, but that’s what I look forward to, adapting and updating the room as I go!

I hope this has inspired you! Why not post a picture of your office or sewing room?


Project Seat Cover.

Hello fellow crafters and fashion lovers!

Don’t you just hate it when you have a beautiful piece of furniture that just doesn’t seem to be practical? I have this amazing industrial looking stool purchased from Alexander & Pearl that I currently use in my sewing room, the only problem is I literally slip off it no matter what I am wearing. So today was the day I was going to do something about it.

My first instinct was to crochet a cover but then I remembered I had this great gold strong cotton material sitting on the shelf. The cotton was bought from Les Coupons by Marché St Pierre in Paris last year and I believe it was about 3 metres for 10 euros.

After bit of measuring and a few false starts later I had completed my cover. No need for staple guns here, I simply threaded a piece of elastic through the bottom seam (a bit like a shower cap!) and it holds really well. I like that it is also a temporary solution and I can take it off whenever I like. I won’t lie, sewing round things is difficult, but I am eager to do a round leather bag for Atelier Boyceau so i’m hoping practice makes perfect.

Oh and the grip on my derrière is just right! 🙂

Black cotton dresses now available on Etsy.

I have just finished two black cotton knitted dresses for Atelier Boyceau on Etsy .

Really happy with the final result! Chic, easy to wear, feminine and unique!

Currently available in size M. Can be paired with a bright coloured belt or scarf, wear it as loose or as tight as you like. The lace secton really makes it a special staple wardrobe piece.

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Objects of desire 2.

As my passion for pattern grows, here are three items I am currently in love with.

These gorgeous gold coloured earrings are from Pilgrim (bought at Debenhams) and I just love their angular shape, art deco yet modern style, I love wearing them!

This clutch bag (a bag maker who still buys bags right?!) is fresh off a market stall in Marrakesh, I just couldn’t resist and after a bit of bartering we agreed a price. I love the colours and authentic pattern, looking forward to wearing it with a white t in the summer and of course it serves as another dose of inspiration for my own designs.

And finally I would like to share my favourite sewing room chair that I picked up at a craft fair in Warwick from a great fabric designer. You can see more from this designer here: www.facebook.com/bakeronsundaystreet

I have nearly finished three cotton knitted dresses that I am looking forward to sharing and adding to my Etsy shop so check back soon if you are in need of a spring smart/casual dress to impress with!!!