Back to the Beginning

Every week I spend a pleasant Thursday morning at a sewing club where we work alongside other sewers getting on with our own projects whilst putting the world to rights. This week I had two projects on the go at home, but neither were at the point of being able to pack into a bag to take to group.

Instead I decided to use the time to make a lined make up bag.

This was one of the first things I made when I returned to sewing 5(ish) years ago and attended a workshop at the Sewing Cafe in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I’ve made several in the intervening years, but haven’t given one a go for a while (you know how it is when everyone you know has received one for either a birthday or Christmas!)

I’m pleased to say that although I still have the original instructions, I didn’t need them at all. Also I was able to use a zip that’s been in my stash forever and some left over vegetable fabric from a recently made Anna dress.

Now, who can I give it to..


M is for Moneta

Some time ago I attended a Moneta dressmaking workshop at the Sewing Cafe in Hinckley. I had a great day putting together a lovely dress that is easy to make and comfortable to wear.

Sometime after that I attended the Sew Brum meet up in 2015 and bought some gorgeous green jersey from Guthrie & Ghani, where we spent a lovely afternoon.

Fast forward to 2017 and it was time to put the two together.

Since I made my last Moneta I have gained a little weight so my first job was to stick the pattern back together and, as I wanted quite a baggy dress, I cut out the largest size. After cutting out and re-threading my over-locker (I’m getting quite good at that now!) I was ready to go.

It hardly takes a minute to whip it all together however there was a problem – it was way too big! I spent the next couple of days trimming off bits here and there, ending up with quite a fitted number after all (the quote from my OH was “You’ve got a figure, show it off!”).

And so my second Moneta is complete!



Seeing Spots

Last week I finally got around to a job I’ve been meaning to do for ages. We have some rather old and tatty write basket drawers in our utility and I have been planning to line them for some time. I had a bit of oil cloth hanging around so sweet to work on the first one.

I had to draft my own pattern, but it was only a case of measuring and adding a seam allowance. Before sewing I cut the corners and I only stitches along the stitching line to avoid bulk at the corners.

After attending a couple of oil cloth workshops at the Sewing Cafe in Hinckley I had invested in a Teflon foot for my machine which helped to manage the slippery fabric.

After the first one was complete I needed to order some more fabric and finally got them completed by the weekend. 

That’s another one ticked off the list.


This weekend I attended a knicker making workshop led by Laura Stanford, hosted at my local sewing heaven The Sewing Cafe.

I had been looking at blogs by other sewists making pants and was very tempted by the idea when I caught sight of a tweet by Laura advertising her workshop locally. I signed up immediately, and I’m glad that I did.

It was a lovely morning. As we (there were 4 of us on my workshop) arrived we were made welcome with a cup of tea and got a chance to pick our fabric. I went for a fine cotton print of pink peacock feathers. 2015-05-16 11.10.40

As soon as we were ready Laura got us started, letting each of us progress at our own rate, talking us through each step as we got to it.

Fantastic tip number one: using a highlighter pen, mark the size line you will be cutting on the paper pattern. This simple tip made cutting out the pattern a whole lot easier and is something I will definitely do at home. Laura patiently talked us through construction, working out the maths to get the right amount of elastic, the best way to ensure an even distribution of the elastic and the tricky business of bringing the whole thing together. She couldn’t have been more helpful, and I was really pleased with the result. Theylook gorgeous and, I can now report, are very comfortable to wear (although I’ll spare you having to see that!)2015-05-16 13.05.50

You can see Laura’s blog of the workshop here.

You can see all of the workshops on offer at the Sewing Cafe here.