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Jazz Age Fashion at Fashion and Textile Museum London

I recently visited the Fashion & Textile Museum in London for the first time ever! Though I knew of it’s existence I had never been before. This was a small exhibition of 1920s clothing, including daywear, outerwear, lingerie and of course the evening wear we know so well from the era. It also included a […]

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Style Arc Kim Swing Top

Style Arc Kim Swing Top Review

A quick project to get to grips with me new overlocker (which I’ll be reviewing soon!) – I made this swingy top for my Mum on a Saturday afternoon. We rifled through my stash to find a nice pattern and this Style Arc Kim Swing Top was the winner. I hadn’t yet sewn a Style […]

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Where to buy fabric in the UK online – my favourites

Online fabric shopping is such a great way to discover new prints, styles and textures. While I know some people are strictly offline-only as they prefer to feel and see their fabrics, buying fabric in the UK online does open up so many more doors. Here’s my list of where to buy fabric in the […]

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McCalls Winter & Holiday Collection

McCalls Winter & Holiday season release; Oooh, it’s certainly starting to feel like winter! So many Christmas parties, excuses to wear sequins and velvets, and lovely wool outerwear! McCalls has just released their collection of “Winter and Holiday” patterns, which is a nice way to term their winter release, giving a nod to a lot […]

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McCalls 6659 Review

McCalls 6659 Review: Pyjama Shirt

My review of McCalls 6659 Variation C; When I first started sewing, I received a lovely book full of pyajama patterns. I loved the look of the traditional button-up PJs complete with piping and embroidered monograms, but never thought to actually make one! Collars have always been my big hurdle. The idea of a collar […]

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Harris Tweed Ethel Tote

Harris Tweed bag with the Ethel Tote pattern

This is one of the first bags I’ve made in a long time, since I started sewing. I used to make a lot of bags out of old clothes when I was learning to sew. I’d cover them in ric-rac and tassels. They were awful. This one is hopefully much better! Harris Tweed is a […]

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National Knitting Night on Netflix

Knitflix – the newest bizarre Netflix show

Netflix will soon be addibg a real-time knitting “Slow TV” show to their selection of TV and movie offerings. 12 hours of pure knitting. Yes, it’s real. No, we’re not joking. You really can watch 12 hours of knitting… The show is called “National Knitting Night” and will be added along with a number of […]

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McCalls 7381 Review: Tie-waist dress

My review of McCalls 7381. When the weather gets warm I always find myself struggling each morning to find comfortable summer clothing. Well, the warm weather hit in the UK around May, so I dutifully went out and bought piles of floaty, comfortable fabric and summer dress patterns. Of course the sunshine then dried up […]

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Clone Your Clothes – Sew Over It Review

I’ve always wanted to visit Sew Over It, a sewing workshop centre and fabric shop with locations in Islington and Clapham. They offer tonnes of amazing classes from beautiful lace dress workshops to getting to know your overlocker. I decided to attend the Clone Your Clothes class with my Mum, to recreate our favourite knit […]

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New season McCalls plus size patterns

Finding pattern styles that are both flattering and available in plus sizes is always a challenge. I am always scraping through the new season pattern releases hoping for a gem. After looking through all of the major company’s offerings this year I am most impressed with McCalls, who are offering a great range of sizes […]

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A Busy Winter and new Spring Sewing

Well, I’m writing a little post today as I have been severely lacking in time since last September to blog. I’m finally getting my mojo back and am here again aiming to write and document what I’ve been crafting in recent months. My absence has been due to a lot of changes in the last […]

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Woolfest 2015

This weekend I headed up to Cumbria to attend Woolfest 2015! Woolfest is an agricultural and crafting show exhibiting all that is great about wool, with everything from knitting kits and accessories, weaving tools to buying actual wooly animals! The show takes place over 2 days and features so many stalls full of wooly goodies. […]

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The Great London Yarn Crawl tickets ON SALE NOW

The Great London Yarn Crawl, run by Yarn In the City has been running for a few years now, and takes groups of yarn-lovers on a tour around the city of London’s great yarn shops on Saturday 5th September 2015. And tickets are on sale NOW! They sell out fast so get yours ASAP! The […]

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Monday 22nd June: Diary #5

Oh well, I may have skipped last week’s diary as I was so very busy last week! I got the chance to go and see Thronecast Live in Sky Studios on Monday. On Tuesday I had some free tickets to see the Sound of Music in the local theatre. On Wednesday I had my usual […]

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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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5th June: Diary #4

Four weeks on a roll! And it’s now June which means it should be much more summery, right? I’ve been very good this week at keeping to one project only, continuing on the make of the Simplicity 1286 shorts after my toile and practice zip fly’s. We’re now onto the real thing, with those 40 […]

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Summer Project Progress

Back in April I looked through all my projects for the next season and planned out what I was going to do. Well, it’s now June and starting to feel much more summery – so I thought it made sense to review the projects I had set aside and see how I’m doing. I’ll be […]

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31st May: Diary #3

My third diary, and after payday which means there have been some treats! This week, I’ll admit the sewing has been slow with no major progress. You know some evenings when you’re just not feeling it? Instead of sewing I’ve been mindlessly knitting cardigan sleeves in front of the telly. Unfortunately I’ve now discovered that […]

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21st May: Diary #2

Second diary attempt! This week has been a continuation of the project from hell, Kwik Sew 4045, moving into brighter times with Simplicity 1286 instead. It’s still in progress so hopefully you can expect it completed in next week’s diary entry! I’m writing this diary a day early as I’m out of the house on […]

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Top 3 Addi Express Projects

The Addi Express is a hand-crank knitting machine that’s proving really popular with knitters who want to produce items quickly. The Addi Express Kingsize allows you to knit tubes large enough for hats. Whilst the Addi Express standard size is perfect for tube socks and craft projects. I have both knitting machines and I love […]

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Bloggers! Get FREE Craftsy classes!

Did you know you can get free Craftsy classes if you’re a blogger? By signing up to the Craftsy affiliate network, you’ll receive a FREE Craftsy class up to $49.99 (£31). Craftsy offer classes in sewing, dressmaking, pattern drafting, knitting, crocheting and more. Their classes are always packed full of information, set into chapters, and […]

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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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15th May: Diary #1

With so many projects on, it can sometimes be hard to keep track. I’ve decided to keep a small project diary so I can see the progress I’ve made each week and also look forward to what I will be completing next! I started keeping track of all my sewing plans on Pinterest and I’ve […]

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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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Spring Project Plans

Planning out spring and summer makes is always exciting but the amount of things I want to get done is quite daunting. Keeping a list and ticking through each project as it's completed should help me stay on track!

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibition Review

Last week, I visited the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (and one of my favourite places in the whole world) to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition. The V&A have held some amazing fashion exhibitions over the years (read my review of their wedding dress exhibition last year). This Alexander McQueen exhibition is […]

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Goldhawk Road Fabric Shopping Adventure

Anybody who lives anywhere near London should take some time out to visit Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market. While the areas around Berewick street in Soho might have some gorgeous fabric shops, Goldhawk Road is the place to go for quality but cheap fabrics. Everything from cheap and cheerful polyester, to fun printed cottons, […]

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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 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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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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How to Sell at Craft Fairs Successfully

Over the years of running my business, Ruby Tuesday Knits I have learnt a lot about how to sell at craft fairs. It can be tough, and you really don’t want to be spending a lot of money on craft fair stalls only to not sell anything. So here are my top tips. Please let […]

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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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Modern Neons: Majorelle Blue

Bright neon in fashion is something you either love or hate. Many people dislike the colour, perhaps reminding them too much of the bright neon styles of the 80s a little too much. But neon colours are popping up everywhere now, from some of the most stylish fashion houses to your everyday yarn supplier. One […]

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One for the boys – knitting for men

I’ve wanted to write about knitting for men for quite a while. Not necessarily knitting things to give men (although that too) but more about the idea of knitting/crafting and femininity. My Mum always told me that her Grandad taught her to knit, not her grandmother. I always found this pretty interesting as I’ve yet […]

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Pom Pom Quarterly Summer Edition 2014: Review

It’s Pom Pom Quarterly time again! This Pom Pom Quarterly is one of the highlights of each season and I can’t wait to review the 2014 Summer edition. This time we’ve got a gorgeous tropical bright feel, just perfect for summer holidays. Best of all, if you don’t want to purchase the magazine (or just […]

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Review: Fluff-a-torium knitting shop in Dorking

I always love it when I discover a fab new knitting shop. I’m definitely open to the odd pilgrimage in search of new fibres and brands. Plus I love squishing hairy balls. I was so happy when I found this fantastic knitting shop in Dorking! I recently started working in Dorking, and when walking down […]

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V&A Wedding Dresses – 1775 – 2014: Exhibition Review

On Saturday I went to the V&A to view the new exhibition for V&A Wedding Dresses. The exhibition features some amazing dresses and details the traditions around weddings and wedding clothing throughout the last few centuries, including mens wedding attire, childrenswear, hats, accessories and more. It also features details of news reports from the weddings […]

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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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Knitting Art: The Best of Etsy Volume 1.

The best of Etsy! Be inspired by the artists of Etsy who create gorgeous pieces that are perfect to decorate your craft room. Perhaps a pretty print will inspire you as you craft?

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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 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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Pom Pom Magazine Spring 2014: Review

The Spring 14 issue of Pom Pom Magazine is out and I got my copy in the post just a few days ago, it’s such an amazing little magazine, packed full of just the kind of cute crafting projects that I love. I remember meeting the Pom Pom team at Unravel last year and it […]

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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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Addi Express Kingsize Review

I recently purchased an Addi Express Kingsize, which I managed to pick up second hand. It’s a circular knitting machine which comes in two sizes, this kingsize being the larger machine with 47 needles and capabilities of knitting yarn weights from double knit to super chunky (or so it says, we’ll see!) The Addi Express […]

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