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What’s all this? A new post?!

It’s been an age. I’m not a good blogger, I clearly was not born to do this. So I’ll not apologise for the gap between posts. That’s just me.

Anyhoo. 2013 was supposed to be a calm and cheerful experience that went wrong in pretty much the first week of the year and didn’t really get much better. I would love to write a post about those experiences, but I don’t feel that I can. It’s not that sort of blog. However, things are back on the straight and narrow, so I’m back on the craft and baking bandwagon.

It’s very likely that if you’re into sewing you’ve been watching The Great British Sewing Bee (Patrick Grant – hubba and also hubba). This guilt tripped me into dusting off the sewing machine and to shop for some pretty fabric. I decided that with the promise of some sunny weather and a summer holiday booked I should really make a dress (but of course!). I chose a pattern from Prima, simple, easy to follow, nothing drastic.

A trip to the Grainger Market in Newcastle followed, good range of fabrics at embarrassingly reasonable prices compared to John Lewis and Cath Kidston around the corner. Well worth a visit. All told, it cost around £15 to make. Only 2 metres of fabric required and a 55cm zip.

You could probably make this dress in a day, it took me a week or so, doing a little here and there. I’m pretty happy with the result, I’ll make it again but with modifications. I’ll opt for a square neckline, as that’s more flattering on my large bust and make the sleeves a little longer and a bit more ‘puffy’, probably with a little cuff.

Last year I won a purse from the lovely Whitney Sews (find her on YouTube under aglanceatmyworld) she was kind enough to send me a length of pretty lace edging that matched the colours in the fabric of this project, so I added this to the hem of the dress.

How would I wear it? Well, it’s a very simple shape, so it can look ‘smocky’, not a good look on me, I’ll definitely wear this with a belt and in this fabric it’s so girly (with an almost little house on the prairie type feel, don’t ask, the idea just popped in there and now it won’t leave) that it needs something not girly to go with it. Im thinking my sort-of-like-cowboy-boots-but-girlier-than-that boots.

As I said, I’ll be making this again. I imagine it’ll look quite different depending on the fabric. The skirt will be very swishy in a silk or jersey. And I’ve got my eye on a polka dot pattern light cotton. Possibilities are endless with this one. Very wearable and easily modified.



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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in sewing adventures


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Whitney sews


Forgot to blog this at the time, but I’ve remembered now. I’d forget my head If it wasn’t screwed on!

I follow a really great girl on YouTube called Whitney Edwards – Check out her account at ‘aglanceatmyworld’ she’s also on Facebook and twitter.

She makes excellent video tutorials on a whole host of sewing topics suitable for beginners and experts alike.

Anyhoo, I was really lucky to be a winner in her giveaway to celebrate her getting 2000 followers. She custom made for me a lovely curvy clutch finished with gorgeous trim. I was delighted when it arrived and even more delighted when I opened the clutch to find a lovely note and an extra surprise of lace trim and cute little buttons!

Thanks so much, Whitney! I love my clutch and it’s made the perfect kindle holder so it stays safe in my handbag 🙂

Look her up guys!


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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in sewing adventures


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Appliqué blanket project

Just another quick post!

A couple of christmas’s ago my lovely friend Clare bought me a Cath Kidston book of seeing projects and I fancied making a quilt of some sort from it.

Finally had the opportunity to do so when our friends Charles and Yuki announced they were expecting a baby.

It’s not a true patchwork quilt, but a combination of appliqué and patchwork. As it was a first attempt at making such a thing I was terrified I would ruin it. I’ve been working on it since before Christmas 2011 and I just finished this week. An expert stitcher could probably do this in a few days!

I really hope they like it and I hope the as yet unnamed baby likes it when she arrives in the world in May 🙂



Posted by on April 11, 2012 in sewing adventures


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It’s been a while.

I intended to start updating in the new year, but I’ve had a few issues that stopped me in my baking and crafty tracks.

Firstly, I had a bit of a wake up call. I am a proud plus size gal but I went from being plus size to FAAAAAAAT. So I decided to do something about it. I joined weight watchers straight after Christmas and so far I’ve lost over a stone in weight and I’m feeling better about myself.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to shift my focus away from baking gloriously sinful treats to more healthy options. I’m still finding my feet with regards to building my own recipes, but I will endeavour to provide an update soon.

Then I started a hush hush craft project for a friend and couldn’t risk it being seen on my blog, so radio silence on that front will be broken soon.

Then just as I was thinking about starting blogging again we (as in my boyfriend and I) hit a major roadblock that I really don’t want to go into on a blog, we’re both fine and very much in love but we need to deal with this issue before I can commit to my blog again.

Then. THEN! There’s more. We got a cat. He’s called Elliott and we adopted him from the cats protection league. We’ve only had him a few days do we’re still settling him in. He’s lovely and I’ll introduce you in another post.


So that’s that. Can’t believe it’s only February and already our plans for the year are in turmoil. We will prevail, however and I hope to blog a little more frequently from now on.



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I’ve not forgotten!

I’m not neglecting my blog, but I’m in the middle of the busiest three weeks I’ve had in a while. So much going on at work!

As soon as I get a chance I’ll be updating about my party dress, a quilt I’m about to start, the crochet bunny slippers, a chocolate and raspberry tart, my cranberry and Wensleydale cheese tartlets for our Christmas day lunch, Christmas cupcakes and a partridge in a pear tree. Maybe not quite a partridge, but it certainly feels like it!




Archive sewing/crochet

I’ll be adding photos of early projects here, some good, some bad.

The main thing however, is not to notice the mess in my former flat. It was technically a ‘spare’ room, so that’s a licence to fill it with everything you own, right? RIGHT?!





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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in sewing adventures


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Party dress

Quick post!

I’ve just started working on a party dress for the festive season and a hen party that I’m going to next month. It’s a science themed hen party (yes, we are that nerdy and we’re all science educators!)

This is the fabric I’ve chosen, our dresses need to be flame test colours or element colours etc.

Will post updates!



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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in sewing adventures


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