REVIEW: My visit to the LCF World of Womenswear Pattern Cutting

Last month I was lucky enough to get a place on the Womenswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive course run by the London College of Fashion.*  Although I had a fair understanding of the subject and certainly enough to be able to realise my knitwear designs from idea to finished pattern, there were a few gaps in…

My sewing challenge: Making the 1960s coat and bagging out the lining

May I proudly present my very first coat!  I actually finished it three months or so ago, but have been wearing it nonstop ever since.  These full-length photos were taken as soon as I got home yesterday evening – which also explains the natural light. This has long been a dressmaking ambition of mine, and…

Bite off more than you can chew…and then chew like hell

The title of this post sums me up in many ways, besides explaining why there have been a few weeks between this and my previous post!  For as long as I can remember, I have been keen on shovelling as much food into my mouth as possible, making my cheeks bulge like a squirrel or…

Summer Dresses – a quickie

I apologise for the slightly chunky gap between posts.  This is partly due to not having had internet access for the best part of a week, and partly due to a commission I’ll be able to share with you in November.  All I can say about that is that it involves fairisle…and no more!  Our…

On the blog: The finished Sunshine Coat, complete with lining!

So…drum roll please, here is the finished Sunshine Coat in all its glory!               Delivery took place on Sunday, and as you can see, my friend’s happiness matches the cheery combination of yellow and soft lavender!  It fits beautifully too – although I should remind you/note that the size…

Project Update: Sunshine Coat – and a little dressmaking prep

Yesterday was a soggy day in London town.  Deadlines have passed, I found myself overdue with the blog (sorry), and somehow I knew exactly which colour I’d most like to look at – and which project I’d most like to work on.  The past few days have been spent working on the Sunshine coat, and…