At the beginning of the year, there were lots of #2017makenine  pics popping up on and of course I couldn’t resist joining in! I love a bit of forward planning, even if I also enjoy going completely off plan.

These patterns are all good basics that will fit really well into my wardrobe (and lifestyle!) and hopefully they’re not too challenging for me either.


They are (left to right, top to bottom)

Renfrew Top Moss Skirt, Morris Blazer

Rosa Shirt/Shirtdress, Moneta, Coco Top/Dress

Brumby skirt, Cleo Dungaree Dress , Zinia Skirt

Inevitably, I’ve seen and sewn patterns other than these already this year but I’m still aiming to have finished all of these by the end of the year and be able to have a similar layout pic but with my own creations instead!  I own all these patterns and have fabric for quite a few of them too, so no excuses!

Has anyone else made a list of patterns to make in 2017?



Sewing so far…

My sewing journey so far has been rather a slow starter.  With an initial burst of enthusiasm a couple of years ago, I quickly realised that sewing was not going to come quite so easily to me as my beloved knitting.  At least with knitting if it all goes wrong you can rip it all out and you are left with pretty much what you started out with…a pile of yarn!  With sewing, once you cut that fabric, the die is cast!

Thankfully, a couple of close friends have been encouraging me every step of the way and together with our local sewing cafe (Make at 140), which has tempted me over the past year with workshops, fabric and lots of sewing chat, I’ve been gradually dipping my toe in the water.

I started out with a couple of summer skirts, but the big game changer for me was signing on for the Tilly and the Button’s Learn to sew Jersey Tops workshop.  Jersey is so great to sew with!  So much more forgiving in terms of fit and so comfortable to wear!  The workshop covers the Agnes top and has some great content and tips, holding your hand every step of the way.  Completing that project led onto Coco tops and dresses and away I went. I realise I sound like an advert for Tilly but I do find her patterns so beginner friendly and those online workshops are great!

As I’ve been rather slow in starting up this blog again, oops! I’ll be gradually rolling out some of my project photos and talking about a few of my favourite patterns over the next few weeks, along with current projects I’m working on.

Happy Sewing!

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In the Rhythm of the Needles….


I’ve been knitting now since Spring 2012, nearly five years!   Knitting is my first love, as far as fibre arts are concerned.  It’s portable, meditative and my day feels incomplete without at least a few rows of knitting.

I ‘m not sure where this comes from, but it sums it up perfectly for me!

“In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul.”

I love to knit hats, mitts, shawls,socks, sweaters and you can find me at Ravelry, hanging out with some of the friendliest people on the planet, knitters!