It’s sizzling hot here in southern Germany and I’ve little time for sewing. I’d much rather be cooling off in my local Freibad! Fortunately, I was given a pattern multi-pack with all I needed to quickly give my self-made summer wardrobe a hefty boost. In one week, using half of the pack’s quick and easy patterns, I’ve managed to create […]
#MMM14. Me-Made-May 2014. The End.
Today was the final day of Me-Made-May 2014. Phew, I don’t need to photograph myself tomorrow! I ended with this McCall’s M6083 jumpsuit that I’ve just finished. I’ll post a pattern review soon. I didn’t intentionally start and finish the month with a jumpsuit, it just worked out that way. It is the year of […]
Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Me-Made-May.
1. Get real. Be realistic about how many me-made garments you can wear each week before you make your Me-Made-May pledge. If you’re a newbie sewer and you haven’t built up a sizeable me-made collection of clothes yet, keep it manageable and pledge fewer items per week. If like me, you’ve been sewing for many […]
Me-Made-May 2014 – Roundup – Part One
It’s day twelve of Me-Made-May 2014 and so far I’ve upheld my pledge to wear at least one me-made garment every day this month. I’ve been posting my pics daily in the #MMMay14 page under ‘Makes’ in my header menu bar and also on the #MMMay14 Pinterest page. I’m glad I’m doing this. I love […]
6 Signs You’re A Selfish Sewer
1. When invited to join Selfish Sewing Week and sew for yourself, you jump in without a moment’s hesitation. 2. You immediately clear your schedule – ignore messy house, overgrown garden and hungry children – and get stuck into sewing! 3. You choose a quick and easy pattern so you can double your selfishness and crank […]
#MMMay14 Me-Made-May 2014 Challenge!
I’m in! I pledge to wear an item of me-made clothing everyday of May 2014. I hope I can keep this up! At least it’ll give me a chance to air the me-made things I don’t have time to blog about. So here goes. Day One. This is hot off the pressing cloth. I finished […]
The Shocking Truth About The Fashion Industry #handmadeinsideout
Today is Fashion Revolution Day! One year ago today, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough. Be curious. Find out who made your clothes — from […]
How to Spend Less Money on Food and Have More to Spend on Fabric!
Grow your own food! Turn your garden into a mini organic plantation like we are! We live on a tight budget; we like to eat organic and I have an expensive sewing hobby. With such discerning tastes and an unwillingness to compromise on quality, we’ve found creative ways to economise! One way has been to make […]
How vomit and spilt tea got me into the world’s leading textile printing design studio (and how you can DIY your own designer prints)!
First the back story that led to this serendipitous turn of events. It was the end of last summer and we were heading to Munich Fabric Start, an international fashion fabric-trade fair in Munich, Germany. We were combining our fair visit with the start of our family holiday because we planned to head south anyway and […]
Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 – A Little Girl’s Capsule Wardrobe and Welcome to my new site!
Hi folks, it’s Perfect Pattern Parcel (http://www.patternparcel.com) time again and this time the little one’s in our life are getting in on the wardrobe-building action! But before we get to my pattern reviews, I’d like to welcome you to my new site! It’s really exciting to finally have my own domain and I’m looking forward to […]