Projects

Get inspired by projects in knitting, crafting and sewing with this list of sewing pattern projects, knitting projects and more.

Threadcount 1501

Threadcount 1501: Summer Party Dress

Sewing Threadcount 1501 Hello everyone! Well it’s certainly starting to feel summery, isn’t it? This year I’ve been invited to TWO 50th birthday parties and in an effort to cut down on costs and reuse, instead of buying more, I’ve decided to make a perfect party dress I can wear to both. I purchased Threadcount […]

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Simplicity 1286

Simplicity 1286 Review – Men’s shorts

Well after the disaster of the Kwik Sew shorts toile I have decided to go back to my good old Simplicity 1286. Simplicity always offer perfect patterns in my opinion. I can’t say they were 100% accurate (a small typo on the pattern tissue stated a massive 11 ½” ease – obviously meant 1 ½”!) […]

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K4045

Men’s Summer Shorts with Kwik Sew 4045

I should preface this post by saying I have never sewn a pair of trousers before, nor a zip fly front, nor pockets with inset facings. So all in all, this has been a rather confusing project! I decided I wanted to try my hand at sewing a pair of mens trousers as I figured […]

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B1685

Butterick 6185 Collared Blouse Review

I wanted to create something that was simple, easy to wear and without using too much brain power. I fell in love with Butterick 6185 the first time I saw it and really wanted to make the top with the double collar. It has a sweet vintage look but looks great with jeans and a […]

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waxjacket

Barbour Style Waxed Jacket – Lekala 5917

Before there was waterproof fabric like Gore-tex or vinyl, there was simple waxed cotton. The process of waxing uses paraffin wax applied and melted into the fibres of the fabric in order to waterproof them. It’s a process that has been used for centuries to waterproof fabrics. Barbour are probably most famous for their waxed […]

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Simplicity 1699

Simplicity 1699 Review: Peplum Separates

I have had this pattern in my stash for so long. And the flowery fabric has equally lived in my stash for around 5 years. Both have passed a number of house moves, tidy-ups, eBay sessions and finally, it was their time. I had just the right amount of fabric to complete Simplicity 1699 Variation […]

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Citadel Hat

Citadel Hat Review: Lined knitting!

The moment I saw the Citadel Hat from Hedgehog Fibres I knew I needed to make it! The Citadel Hat is a lined beanie hat with a really fun textured pattern. I knew my boyfriend would love it and I also liked the double-lining as it will hold it’s shape better (he tends to stretch […]

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coats of cashmere

Butterick 5685 Review: Coats of Cashmere

Mmmm cashmere. In my opinion, there is not a better fibre for luxury feel, warmth and stylishness. But try to find a cashmere coat within a reasonable price? No way, and especially not a nice plus-size one! But you can pick up cashmere fabrics quite cheaply online. These are usually end-of-run rolls and could very […]

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don-and-betty

McCalls 6696 Review

I’ve been working recently on analysing styles that will best fit my shape, so I don’t end up wasting time sewing something that is never going to be flattering to me. Being a pear shape (and large in size, which doesn’t help my already peculiar proportions) I’m well aware that pencil skirts and straight bottom-halves […]

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M6554_r1_c1

McCalls 6554: Summer Dress

So with the sunshine finally starting to show and the clocks set forward to “British Summer Time” I thought it would be a great occasion to make a pretty summer dress! Well of course as soon as I picked up the pattern for McCalls 6554 it started to rain. Welcome to England. McCalls 6554 – […]

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Fox Hat Knitting Pattern

Fox Hat Knitting Pattern

New year, new patterns! I’ve just released a super cute pattern on Ravelry this year. This was knitted last year and has been very popular for sale on my site as a finished product but I wanted to share the pattern with the world! Fox Hat Knitting Pattern The Little Fox Hat knitting pattern is […]

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jetstream

Jet Stream Shawl – First handknit shawl and a beautiful indie yarn

I have to admit, the word “shawl” has always put me off a bit. It reminds me of something I have to wear in a school play whilst dressing up as a Victorian. But in the knitting world shawls are super popular. It wasn’t until I found Jet Stream Shawl from Heidi Kirrmaier that I […]

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Simplicity 248

Simplicity 2648 : Amazing Fit Dress Pattern Review

I undertook the project to sew Simplicity 2648 as my graduation dress. After four years of study, I was finally graduating with First Class Honours from the University of Kent! I couldn’t find the right sort of dress in the shops so I decided to make my own. I ended up making quite a lot […]

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Ombre knitting ideas

Ombre Knitting: Blended colours

One of the biggest fashion trends of 2013, and moving into 2014 the trend has changed from the typical dip-dye effect to full ombre changes of colour. Ombre effects can be achieved in knitting in a number of ways. You can quite easily dye garments afterwards to create ombre knitting looks, this is quite easy […]

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