A while ago I looked at all of my trousers that I had made and considered which ones I liked the best (see Trouser Fitting post here). None of them fit me perfectly but I found that the Strides were one of the better ones. The only issue with them was that the waistband was … Continue reading Strides #2
When I first started sewing, I decided to make a Tailor's ham and sleeve roll from the Merchant & Mills Sewing book. At the time I wasn't entirely sure what a Tailor's ham was used for, but it looked like a simple and achievable sew, so I went for it. I later discovered that it's … Continue reading Tailor’s hams
I haven't re-made very many patterns, partly because I want to challenge myself and keep on learning new techniques. But I have found that I wear my Saltmarsh skirt a lot. It's really comfy, looks good and is very practical. It was also my first make, so I was curious to make it again and … Continue reading Saltmarsh skirt #2!
This classic trouser pattern is from the Merchant and Mills workbook. I've been meaning to make them for a while because I have been in desperate need of some more smart trousers for work. But I kept putting it off because this pattern is quite complex, at least for me. They are high waisted trousers, … Continue reading Strides
Can you guess I'm on holiday? I'm getting lots of sewing done! This dress is a pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook, and it's a bias cut dress with long sleeves. This was the first time I have sewn sleeves, and first time I've sewn something on the bias properly! The fabric: I made … Continue reading Curlew dress
I really enjoyed sewing the Heron Top. It's another pattern from the Merchant & Mills Workbook. I took my time getting it right (unpicking and resewing more than once!), and I'm really pleased with the end result. The fabric: In a recent blog post I mentioned that I have decided to use sustainable fabrics for … Continue reading Heron Top
Momo and I are very excited about the next project... the Merchant & Mills Heron top! It looks great, not too scary but I'll be sewing a collar with interfacing for the first time. I hope it goes well - watch this space for updates!
I wanted my first item of clothing to be something quite simple that I couldn't get too wrong. Of the patterns in the Merchant and Mills book, the Saltmarsh Skirt looked the least intimidating. The fabric: I didn't want to waste fancy fabric on my first sewing attempt, so I decided to use the same … Continue reading Saltmarsh Skirt
You may be wondering why I haven't made any clothes yet. That is a good question! My lovely partner recently bought me this book: The Merchant and Mills Workbook is a beautiful book, which has 6 main projects which are really thoroughly explained, and it contains all of the patterns you need. Ideal for a … Continue reading Where are the clothes?