Can Can time! 


It’s the time of year that makes me think of knitting projects again! This frilly cushion was knitted using Rico Can Can. 

My yarn review is now here on Minerva Crafts blog 😃

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Pomegranate 


A new pattern has been released by Octavia Patterns this week. Pomegranate Is a simple bias cut top that has only two pattern pieces so is a nice quick make. 

I was lucky enough to take part in the pattern testing process. 


I liked it so much I made two! 


I have found these tops are perfect for me for work as they easy to move around in and the drape front isn’t to low. 

If you fancy trying the Pomegranate you can get 20% off for this week 😃

The Flo dress

A couple of months ago I was included in a group of pattern testers to test the Flo Dress before its release. 

This dress is the latest PDF release for Sew Me Wear Me and is a classic little girls dress with a lined bodice, full skirt & zip closure. Using a range of fabrics I can see this as a versatile everyday or party dress. 

I chose to make my version in a cotton print in an age 3, using the same fabric to line. With its simple lines I happily stitched it up in an afternoon after cutting out the evening before. Great for this busy nanna! 


My little granddaughter seemed equally impressed & happily modelled her new dress. 


Her order is in for another one for nanna to make her for her birthday…. one with snowflakes on like in Frozen😃

You can now get the Flo Dress pattern here

Sunday Sevens 24th Sept 

The last weeks have flown by so I’ve missed a few Sunday posts again! 

We were lucky enough to get tickets for Radio 2 Festivsl in a Day. Despite the weather it was s great day. Fantastic music & a wine or 2 kept the spirts up!! Mr B got a bit sad when the bottle was empty! 

The day ended with Take That 🎶

The following weekend we were back up to Surrey as I had been given Tickets to Kirsties Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. Luckily the weather was better & we wandered the stalls then walked along the Thames. 

This fox was happily sat sunbathing in a garden until we disturbed it. 


Back in April I was given tickets to The Sewing Bee Live as a birthday pressie & had a great visit on Thursday.  So much to see. Loved these garments made by young students. 


The day finished with a walk along the river at sunset to visit the pub for tea. 


Back to work & it was time for my last wedding booking of the year. A busy session of 6 hairstyles with this distracting view. 


Then a scenic drive home & a walk on the moor enjoying the view over Plymouth. 

So now a lazy Sunday..well almost as I better do some of the housework I’ve been ignoring while we’ve been out & about! 

Happy Sunday 😃

#SimplicityTurns90

Well done to everyone that’s made an entry into this years Simplicity Challange.  All the entries I’ve seen so far on social media are looking fantastic & I think the judges ate going to have a hard job. 

After sadly not managing an entry last year I was really excited to see the choice of categories this year and couldn’t resist the Vintage option for myself. What a great pattern.


I love the hemline and feminine shape of the pencil skirt, plus that style of halter neck top has been a favourite for me. 

Style wise I wanted to make them both in the same fabric so they would look like a dress when worn together. I made a visit to Fabricland and bought this Stretch cotton. If you read my Mother of the Bride blog last year you may recognise the print! 

Of course I bought this before thinking about the fact that the top called for a stretchier fabric. To overcome this I decide to do a shirred elastic back so it could still be pulled on without an opening & fastening. 

To do this I measured the front pattern pieces and fitted the paper pattern to myself to check the fit. Personally this just ment cutting a bigger size as it wasn’t going to be able to stretch much. For the back panel I used the correct pattern piece but cut it on a fold, placing extra width in the centre back to allow for the ease to put the top on. 


Now to start the lines of shirring elastic. I’ve done this loads of time before on my previous machine. That had a bobbin that you placed in a case with a tension screw on it so I easily tightened that tension to get the stretch. Now I have a machine that the bobbin just dropped in so a whole evening was used up just trying to get the stitch anywhere near right. Then just as I thought I’d sorted it I ran out of the elastic😩

New reel & better luck the next evening…stitching went perfect. All was going great until I realised that sewing was perfect enough to make the previous nights attempt look a bit saggy. In came the unpicker.  Got there in the end but realised there can be quiet a bit of difference in the brands of elastic so will remember to buy plenty of one type  before starting for my next attempt. 


Finally finished I’m really happy with my neat little rows and the way it pull the garment in. 

My only alteration to the skirt was to add a second layer to the bottom frill. Using an organza I used the same patternpiece but cut the hem edge on the fold of the fabric to give a slight puffball look when it was added (yep showing my age there with the puffball skirt reference!) Not having to do a hem it added enough length to peep out. 


Entry complete 🎉


Sunday Sevens 

Having been away from my blog for a while I thought I’d do a Sunday Sevens this week to try & get back into the habit! (Sunday Sevens is the great idea from Natalie at Threads & Bobbins)

Work has been hectic, everyone wanting new summer styles, but I have managed to squeeze a few other things in! 

I have been sewing & knitting but nothing to share at mo as it’s all been pattern & product testing, hopefully I’ll get some me sewing done this weekend. 

It was my mums birthday so I took her out for the day to the lovely Hotel Endsleigh near Tavistock. The Gardens were as amazing as the lunch

Two days later our grandson decided to make his early entry into the world. A dinky little gorgeous bundle 😍 I think he found all nannas photo taking boring! 


The other 2 grandchildren came for a sleepover & we made a cake together for them to take around for the new baby 


We are currently dog sitting so we have these two for the week. On a visit to see my daughter they had a fantastic time chasing each other around the garden….didn’t hear a peep from them all the way home. 


Having dogs in the house has ment some early morning strolls around the fields. 


And evening walks by the water. 


Walks of course means there has to be tea stops too. 


Hopefully we will get out walking again today but currently the doggies forecast is its horrible out there😂