Merry Christmas everyone 🎄

I’m having a relaxing day today, sat here watching Mr B start the Christmas cooking and opening pressies.

Thanks to the fantastic organising of Sheila @sewchet I had an extra special parcel under the tree this year from a secret sewing friend!

My box full of treats came from Susana aka Pinsneedles & Fred

I had sweet treats

Some fantastic sewing themed buttons (I’ll have to think of something special to put them on) and a sewing machine shaped hanging hook that will be great to hang my measuring tapes on.

Handmade treats

Which included this cute little brooch and the pattern so I can make more myself too😃

What a sweet snail 🐌. I think this tape measure will be making its way into my handbag so I always have a tape to hand!

With a handy fabric marker, such lovely fabrics & a selection of patterns too I’m feeling very spoilt.

Thank you so much Susana for my lovely gifts and to Sheila for your hard work organising, I hope Santa left some lovely gifts under your trees too.

Happy sewing in 2018😃


Christmas Eve PJ’s

I always loved Christmas Eve when my children were little. We would spend the day cooking and wrapping presents before they excitedly went off to bed. Now I have grandchildren who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa.

My 5 year old grandson & 3 year old granddaughter have a Christmas Eve box that gets delivered by the elves and new pjs are usually included. So this year I decided to make some to help the elves out!

The Dreamland Pyjamas are the latest digital pattern from Sew Me,Wear Me. It covers ages 2-6 and is designed for woven bottoms and a knit top. It also includes a selection of motifs to use as appliqué.

I managed to sew up both pairs in a day using a lovely soft fleece fabric for the bottoms & a t-shirt weight knit for the tops.

Baby grandson was a little small for this pattern at only 4 months but he had to have something to match. I found a free pj bottom pattern here They may be a little big but I’m sure they can be rolled up! Made a little hat from scraps to… just because he’ll look cute!

I think this could become a family tradition. With grandchild no4 on its way I better allow more time for Christmas sewing next year😃


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 😃