2017 Make Nine

Around the beginning of the year I noticed #2017makenine appearing on lots of sewists instagram feeds. One of my aims for 2017 was to make more every day wearable items so this felt like a good way to prioritise my sewing plans.  In February I put my plan together and also celebrated my birthday so…

Shetland Christmas Craft Fair 2016

Every year Shetland Arts & Crafts Association hosts the Christmas Craft Fair. There’s an overwhelming abundance of talent across the isles and it’s a really special event to attend and see all the beautiful things that have been created right here in Shetland. I’ve been many times in the past as a customer and this…

Craft Fair prep

Over the last few weeks (and the next few to come) all my spare time has been directed into becoming a one woman production line in order to get all my craft fair stock created in time.  So far I’ve been used to leisurely selfish sewing where the end product is just for me. There’s…

Bettine Dress 

When we were last on the mainland I bought myself a couple of Tilly and the Buttons patterns – the Bettine dress and the Fifi pyjamas. The Bettine dress is a lovely simple sew (despite this it took me some time to get it done, more down to being a busy bee than anything else!)…

August sewing – baby blanket

Our close friends had a beautiful baby boy last week after what felt like the longest pregnancy ever. I made a baby blanket for their new son.  I found fat quarter bundles a few months ago in Hobbycraft and bought one bundle in blues, yellows, green and purple and another bundle in pinks, purples and…

Shetland Craft Fair 2016

I’ve set myself up for a new challenge! I’m going to have a stall at the Shetland Annual Craft Fair (well actually share a stall which takes the pressure off a bit!) It takes place at the end of November so I will really have to get my sew on before then! Much as I’d…

Settlers of Catan cushion

When I’m not sewing things I’m busy being nerdy in other ways. A few years ago my partner and I were given a board game called “Settlers of Catan” for our birthdays, and since then have become hooked. We have an ongoing ‘Catanpionship’ with two of our close friends (and amazingly are still friends in…

So I started sewing…

As a child I always enjoyed being creative. I’d happily spend my days drawing, painting, glueing & crafting. My family often joked that we could open a stationers with the amount of items I had collected in such a brief time. Like many adults, as I grew up I found that I made less time…

My Sewing Room

We bought a new house in April this year so I’m lucky enough to be able to dedicate a whole room as my sewing space. Prior to that I used the kitchen table, much to my partner’s amusement and frustration…sewing isn’t exactly a tidy business! I believe his words were “I really love how happy sewing…

Moving onto dressmaking

The thought of dressmaking seemed so beyond me to begin with so I was absolutely delighted to find that I could do it! I started off ordering a couple of Tilly & The Buttons patterns and some fabric online from Fabric Godmother. This was where I met my first challenge of learning to sew by myself,…