Little black dress

You can’t go wrong with a black dress can you! I have a selection of them already but wanted something that could look dressy but was easy to squash up in a backpack to travel without looking like a crumpled rag at the other end. 

I bought this textured a knit a while back to make a sweater with but decided I could squeeze a dress out of it instead. 

Being a beginners pattern I thought this dress, with the interesting neckline,  would be a quick make & I was right😃 As the fabric had some stretch across it I even got away without putting a zip in. 

I’ve used Simple Sew patterns before so cut my usual size & within no time it was done! 

The neckline turned out a little wider that I expected so I decided it needed a little extra detail! Out came the pliers & eyelets, an ofcut of cord & a tassel saved from who knows what😂

It got packed in my bag & survived the journey. It was comfortable to wear & felt smart(forgot to take pics of me wearing)  The only problem was the facings felt like they rolled out a bit due to fabric weight so I might get it back on the sewing table and topstitch that😃

Sunday Sevens

It’s been a busy few weeks so here’s what I’ve been up to😃

Lovely to see some blue skies, makes the walk into work so much better. This is The Narrows in Totnes. My salon is just out of view but you can see the castle peeping over the rooftops. 

Unfortunately not all days started so blue! 

A working visit to London meant a late arrival on a wonderfully clear night. Although a Devon girl I really feel at home in the city & feel lucky to get to visit so often. 

As I said it was a business visit & yes I am working here….sort of! 

The following weekend I travelled up again but that was more sewing related. I had won tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia, which I really enjoyed, but also found time for some lovely walks along the Thames. 

Finishing off the weekend I also squeezed in a visit to the V&A to see the Undressed  exhibition just before it ended, it also gave me the chance to have a look at the fashion section at the museum that was closed last time I visited. 

After a busy week at work this weekend has been a quiet one at home, sewing. We did venture out for a blustery walk along the coast though. So lucky to have views like this only a 10 minute drive away. 

As you will have worked out this Sunday Sevens covers 3 weeks not one….how time flies when your having fun😃

Sunday Sevens is a great idea from Natalie at Threads and Bobbins so you can see what we are up to when we’re not sewing! 

Finally unwrapped😃

Towards the end of summer last year I was mid frenzy with wedding sewing. I had so many ideas, much of which involved personalisation, when I read an article on embroidery machines and the seed was sewn for an one to me added to my wish list. 

When Mr B started looking into purchasing work wear with his company logo on we thought this could be the perfect excuse for my wish to become reality😃

There are so many on the market it was difficult to know where to start, I didn’t know anyone who had one so had no recommendations from them, but decided as I like my Brother sewing machine I’d start by looking at them. Contacting the lovely & patient Alex at Jaycotts I was guided through the features that most suited my needs and after countless emails the decision was made…the Innov-is 800E was on its way. 

Then family life took over and apart from a quick sneak in the large box on arrival it got pushed to the corner of my sewing room to wait patiently. 

This weekend it has had its grand un-boxing🎉 With a mixture of excitement and nervousness I read through the instructions. It all looked so complicated I was a bit worried  but with a deep breath I started to work through page by page. 

In no time at all I had it threaded, fabric prepared and a single colour design appearing right in front of my eyes. 

The large colour LCD touch screen makes it easy to see the designs and the position on which it will be sewn. You can get the frame to move to preview the embroidery area to double check that you have it exactly where you want it, which I found really useful. 

After my initial pattern I’ve now worked out how to do some text, changing the size of the font, it’s position and how to lay it out on a curve. 

Small beginnings I know & I have so far to go but I think I’m going to have so much fun with this machine. It’s not so complicated as I feared and I’ve been out & bought a selection of coloured threads now so look out for a rainbow of designs. 

I’ll keep you all updated with my progress and what I think of the machine as I go along. (All views are my own & I have no connections to Jaycotts or Brother)

February blouse 

Project Sew It’s theme this month prompted me to go through the pattern pile & fabric stash mountain again! I haven’t made a lot of blouses even though I found numerous patterns that I’ve bought over the years 

With spring, hopefully, just around the corner i decided to go for something loose that could dress up a pair of jeans.  

Not sure what the fabric is but it has a reasonable weight to it so it hangs well & doesn’t crease. 

I like the simple lines of this top and as I used a heavily patterned fabric I chose view D but omitted the pocket and collar. 

With a fold over facing on front edge & bias facing for armholes the blouse was easily made in an afternoon. For speed I also just overlooked then turned the hem but when I make again I think it would be better to do a rolled hem. 

Just can’t wait for the current cold spell to pass to get out in the sunshine in this.

 In the meantime I have found at least 3 more fabrics that I could make some more with😃


It’s been an extra busy week at work so wasn’t sure I’d actually taken many pics.

 Last weekend we were dog sitting the lovely Lola, a staffie who’s a real lady! Her idea of a nice day was cuddling up with Mr B on the sofa watching rugby or taking over our bed. I did however manage to drag her away from being tickled for a lovely 4 mile walk through the woods towards the coast. She didn’t like the mud but was happy to have a paddle in the stream. 

Of course Tuesday was Valentine’s Day but as Mr B was going to be travelling back to work on that day we decided to have our romantic meal on Monday…bubbly, fire, Chinese take-away….perfect. 

As it happened I ended up having a space at work on the Tuesday afternoon so he stopped off at the salon on his drive back for a spot of afternoon tea😃

We have had some very misy mornings making some interesting view on the daily drive. 

This weekend started with a charity fashion show. It’s was the spring/summer range of the designer range we stock in the salon, ID Fashion, so was great to see the new pieces. 

We made our first visit to a wine bar (I say first visit as we already thought of returning today) and enjoyed an amazing bottle of New Zealand wine. They also gave the option to taste a variety by giving the glass & a charge card for you to wander along the vast selection of dispensers where you could choose the measure you wanted. Forgot to take a pic of that but I did take one of our choice so we remember the name. 

The week has ended with another lovely walk (well I needed to work off all that food & drink somehow) and that mist was sweeping in again…. we watched it while eating another scone, oops😃

Nanna sewing😃

Although I’ve known for a few weeks  it’s only this week that my son & his girl friend have announced to the world that they are expecting their first baby in August. Exciting news…. grandchild number 3 for us & first grandchild for her parents. It’s been difficult to keep quiet about it! 

I decided to do some secret sewing to give them a little gift after the first scan. Having found a lovely cotton jersey at Stone Fabrics, that I thought suitable for boy or girl, I decided to go for a little selection. 

All of these were made from free patterns on-line. 

The Stretchy hat with top knot is a favourite that I have made before, when my grand daughter was born. It quick & easy to do & super cute on! 

Cute little dribble bibs are a must for any baby.  This free Pattern is available in 3 sizes so I’m sure this is the first of many I’ll be making. 

I wasn’t sure about shoes but when I saw these little Kimono Baby Shoes I knew they would complete the set. 

Having bought half a metre of fabric I now just need to decide what to make with the rest of it as this took such a small amount. Waiting for the next 6 months to pass I sure there will be plenty more baby sewing & maybe a spot of nanna knitting too😃