I'm entering another photo challenge. No sooner had #braugust2018 come to a close than it was time for #SewPhotohop. It's organised by Rachel of @houseofpinheiro and seems to be one of the most popular on the sewing IG calendar. I joined in sporadically last September because, as always seems the case I was away for … Continue reading LaineeMakes does SewPhotoHop2018 : Week One
I finally made something using my gift from last years #sewtogetherforsummer challenge. I'm playing it safe but I have made a dress using my Tunic Bible, which was given to me by Sarah, Suzy and Monika last year. I've enjoyed reading the book through a couple of times last year when I won it and … Continue reading The spoils of the sewing challenge
At the beginning of the year, I committed to joining in the Burdastyle challenge at the prompt of Hila @saturdaynightstitch. Now we are already in the second half of the year I better do something about honouring my pledge. I have been nursing this piece of fabric in my stash for a long time, I … Continue reading Keeping a promise: I make something from my vintage #burdastyle magazine collection
One of the really rewarding things I have discovered in my first year as an online sewist is the benefit of testing. I've been lucky enough to get involved in a number of product tests and reviews which have allowed me to move ahead in my sewing. Did I hear you say "Freebies!" The overarching proviso … Continue reading Testing, testing: how to reach out by testing for others
This time last year I was bursting with joy over the brilliant challenge started by @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain. so this year I had to enter again and it just so happened that the challenge garment was on my #2018makenine list. The Diane von Furstenberg Wrap dress is the inspiration and I wanted to draft my … Continue reading Sewtogetherforsummer my SMYLY time.
You know when you've had one of those No sewjo sojourns where you just keep hiding from the stash, the WIPs, UFOs and your 'To Make' list. Well, that's where I'm at right now. A few months back I smugly congratulated myself on tidying my stash, organising and ranking my WIPs, actually finishing some UFOs … Continue reading The No Sewjo Sojourn cannot go on!
Its a little less than a year since I started sharing my sewing on social media so I'm still finding all the challenges and "traditions" of this community. I always want to join in and when my other love - travel - has allowed, I have taken part sporadically, in a couple of photo challenges … Continue reading 2018 Make Nine Premier Division
During 2017 I kept saying to myself I have to address my patterns stash as well as the mountain of fabric I have accumulated. I settled on a pattern the which I've had for many years and never made up. I actually cut this out months earlier on a trip to my sister's but my busy … Continue reading Blast from the Past: One of my DKNYs takes life
I live in a little house in a terraced street which probably used to be a "Two up two down" once upon a time. We added a room in the loft/attic whatever you want to call it about 20 years ago to accommodate our home-based work. Both being teachers we needed a space to do all … Continue reading A Perfect Place to make: a new sewing space
A look back on what I made in 2017 and how it helped me love myself a bit more.