Category Archives: Sew

Discover my hand-sewn projects

Trompe L’oeil Dress

Is it a jumper? is it a skirt? No, it’s a jumper dress!

Simply cut off the ribbing rows at the bottom of a knitted jumper. In this case, a Bonpoint angora knit. Cut some fabric into a skirt shape, here I’ve used some Liberty baby corduroy, sew the side seams and the hem. Then gather the top of the skirt using 2 rows of elasticated thread and sew onto the bottom of the jumper using a zig zag stitch (in order to keep the elasticity of the joining seam).

Plume wore this dress for an Easter weekend by the sea. I’ll probably be making one for myself soon!

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Windmill Patchwork

I made this patchwork blanket whilst pregnant with my daughter. I found the pattern in a magazine I bought in a jumble sale in England. The design is called the ‘Windmill’.

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Little Hands

The hopes that my children will enjoy sewing as much as myself have finally come true. My daughter’s first sewing project was a bed for her mouse. We spent Sunday making a knitted bed and a blanket-stitched pillow. Happy days.

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Canvas Skirt

This flared skirt is made from a strong cotton canvas. The fabric is stiff so the skirt really flares out on its own, add to that a faced hem. The pocket flaps are piped at the edges in Liberty of London fabric and held in place with a gold button. skirt3 skirt1skirt2

Romeo’s Beach Pants

Here is the pattern for Romeo’s trousers that I promised in the form of a downloadable PDF. They are in size 18 months although you can easily adapt the pattern to any size you like.

Click here to view the pattern, save onto your harddrive and then click back to come back to the blog:

Romeo’s Beach Pants

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Happy sewing and please do send me a photo if you make them!

Summer Holidays

With summer a distant memory, I’m looking forward to a cosy autumn at home making new projects for myself and my children. Here are the last of the holiday photos on the beach in Trouville. Plume is wearing a liberty blouse with Peter Pan collar that I made for her.


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These thai pants were made out of a linen bed sheet in my favourite colour (at the moment) INDIGO. The pattern is easy peasy. Just 3 rectangles sewn together and a waistband. Elasticated waist. You can sew these up in an evening before heading to the beach. That’s what I did.

I’ll add a downloadable PDF soon and you can make them too!


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