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When Whales Flutter…

A little while ago I happened to spy the most amazing fabric on Instagram – you know the one, that fabric that you can’t live without?  Well, The Owl and Sewing Cat had this whale print in stock and I had to have it in my life, so off I went to Eastbourne in search of whales!… Continue reading When Whales Flutter…

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The Easter Dress

Easter is nearly upon us and what better excuse do I need to make myself a dress? During the half term holiday, my lovely friends and I visited The Eclectic Maker and I stumbled across this wonderful cotton print called Sailsbury Spring – perfect for an Easter dress!   I wanted to brighten up the soft grey… Continue reading The Easter Dress

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Anna’s Arrived (and Exciting News!)

It appears that I am fashionably late to the party again! This time the celebration in question is the By Hand London Anna dress and to be honest, I don’t know why I have waited so long! Of course, like many others, I downloaded the pattern as soon as I saw it, but I never… Continue reading Anna’s Arrived (and Exciting News!)

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Twirling with Teapots

Is it me, or has the world recently gone mad for dungaree dresses? Yes, I know that Tilly has just bought out the Cleo pattern and everyone seems to be making it – but it’s not for me. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern looks lovely on and there are some amazing ones flying around… Continue reading Twirling with Teapots

Tops · Vintage Look

Pastel Pink

  Every now and then, I get a small spark of an idea in my head and it miraculously becomes a reality. No, this doesn’t happen very often but seeing Halley’s comet is not a weekly event and sightings of the Loch Ness monster are very few and far between, right? But occasionally if you are… Continue reading Pastel Pink

Odds and Ends · Vintage Look

A Pretty Pattern Review

img_20170108_104912Happy New Year lovely readers!

Here we are in January already, how did that happen?! Time has this nasty habit of racing away with me, but recently I have found my sewing mojo again and I’ve been busy making some new garments. However, this blog post is about something a little different…

A little while ago I was asked to sew and review a cosmetic bag sewing kit by the lovely ladies at The Stitchery, Lewes.   This haberdashery is my local sewing shop and it’s filled to the rafters with sewing treasures. If you ever need the perfect buttons or trim – The Stitchery is the place to go looking, but be warned, you will never leave without something else catching your eye and crying out “buy me!”


This beginner’s sewing kit comes in a compact clear container so that you can see all the lovliness inside without opening the box – this makes choosing the right kit for you so much easier!

Inside are the instructions, the pattern pieces and also added instructions on how to line the cosmetic bag if you wish to do so. The instructions are clearly written with all ages in mind and I really like the fact that The Stitchery have thought about their audience in this way. There are also some pictures to help the reader understand what to do next.

Now onto the exciting bit – just look at all the goodies inside -it’s like Christmas all over again! There are fabrics, ribbons, trims and a glorious chunky zip and all of beautiful quality.  What I like about this kit is that it gives you the basic instructions and then encourages you to get creative with the trims.

img_20170108_122131You can either hand sew this project or use a sewing machine. I whipped this little beauty up on my machine in about an hour including the lining fabric and embellishments.


I’m really happy with this kit. The packaging is great, the fabrics and trims are of excellent quality and the instructions are clear and straightforward. I even had a few trims left over which will go in my stash for a future project – yay!

The kit costs £9.99 and is great value for money, so why not treat yourself or buy one as a gift? These would be the perfect present for someone who is new to sewing or as something a little different for the more experienced dressmaker.  They say a change is as good as a rest…

You can contact The Stitchery on 01273 473577, email info@the-stitchery.co.uk or visit their online store here.

Lastly, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to The Stitchery for asking me to review this kit – I really enjoyed it and I’ll be popping in again soon!

Until next time…




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Sewing with Angels

It has been quite a while since I my last blog post and I am the first to admit that I have neglected my sewing for the past couple of months too. The reason for the radio silence is because my wonderful mum passed away after a short but courageous battle against ovarian cancer at… Continue reading Sewing with Angels