This blog post contains gifted fabric. I was under no obligation to write this blog post and all views are, as usual, my own! 🙂 Recently, a project came along that reminded me all in one how challenging, mysterious but magical sewing is. When we're growing up there's an assumption that RTW clothes are standard… Continue reading Pattern Adjustments on the Indigo Dress
This December, for the first time ever I wasn't able to travel home to the UK and spend Christmas with my mum - ironically I'm probably the closest geographically I've been for many years, having travelled home for Christmas from France, Spain and Thailand in the past! But with lockdown restrictions and more, this year… Continue reading Quick winter sews: Lotta Dress and Wilder Gown
One of the Modista brands this month is the fabulous Rag Shop. Based in the North of England (coincidentally where I hail from too), The Rag Shop is a new business that has made a BIG impact. Stephanie stocks the most amazing range of fabrics at a wide range of prices and they're impossible to… Continue reading Interview with Stephanie from The Rag Shop
This blog post contains affiliate links that are clearly marked. I have worked with some of these brands previously but not on the basis of this blog post - if they're on here, I really rate their products! Normally, every month in the Modista newsletter I send an introduction to the sewing community in a… Continue reading Sewing themed gift ideas – global edition
This blog post contains affiliate links. I was given early access to the Honey pattern in exchange for making the pattern and posting it on launch day. All views are as usual my own! Fibremood 12 is released today and it has some stunning patterns to choose from! I've always really liked Fibremood patterns and… Continue reading Fibremood Honey Blouse
I was gifted this fabric in exchange for a blog post on my experience sewing with it. All views are my own. I'm turning 30 this month - yikes, now it's out there. Before Covid, I had a list of things I wanted to do before 30 and they mostly included travel ....well, things have… Continue reading Learning to sew stretch: French Terry co-ord set with Good Fabric
One of the brands featured in this month's Modista newsletter is Karta Batik, run by the lovely Jess who started the business in 2020 and stocks the most incredible fabrics from her home country of Indonesia. Jess lives in Leiden in the Netherlands and we were able to meet up in Amsterdam for a socially… Continue reading Interview with Jessica Novianti from Karta Batik
I was given the Blair jacket pattern as a prize in the Homer & Howells giveaway. There was no obligation to sew or review the pattern. Can you believe it is the end of October already? I feel like October Blairly just started! Ok, I'm sorry. Let's get to sewing. The Blair pattern is intended… Continue reading Homer and Howells Blair Jacket
It's that time again where the Modista tour takes us to a new country to explore the instagram sewing community there. This month I had to highlight my new home of the Netherlands where I moved about 6 weeks ago. Having done some research in advance I knew there were some great sewists and stores… Continue reading Sewing in the Netherlands round up
This week I finished one of the first pieces from my autumnal WFH capsule; the Ready to Sew Pio pants and have been really enjoying wearing them! It’s no secret that I really like Ready to Sew patterns -available in French, Spanish and English their patterns always have simple silhouettes with an interesting deisgn feature,… Continue reading On the rise: Ready to Sew Pio
So what do you know about Canadian sewing, eh? Not much? That's ok because it's that time of the month where we take a virtual trip around the world to take a quick introduction to the sewing community in a new country. As autumn is fast approaching (just kidding, it's already here) I thought we… Continue reading Welcome to the world of Canadian sewing!
Autumn sewing planning is well underway and I'm really excited for this new season. I've written a post here all about my me-made wardrobe planning for autumn and a personal challenge is to try and face my fear of knits and coats; if I can get to Christmas having made at least one jersey garment… Continue reading Introducing the October featured brands
Welcome to my wardrobe planning mind! If you follow me on Amsterdam you'll know I recently moved to Amsterdam where I am soon starting a new job I'm really excited about (YAY!). As is the case worldwide, I'll be working from home for the forseeable. Of course, I saw this as an opportunity to plan… Continue reading Me-made autumn capsule plans
This blog post contains gifted products - all opinions are honest and my own! This week I finally finished my Sia dress and couldn’t wait to show it off! This is my first make from our new home in Amsterdam (!) where we moved just over a week ago. In between flat hunting and exploring… Continue reading ‘Sia dress’ by Marsha Style
Is it just me or has this year gone by in the flash of an eye? With lockdown the spring/summer of 2020 felt like they went by so quickly and already we are into planning our autumn makes.! In this month's Modista newsletter we have two cracking independent fabric brands offering exclusive discounts to subscribers… Continue reading Autumnal picks from this month’s brands!
Over the last month I've made my first foray into the world of pattern testing. When pattern companies are designing a new pattern, they need to ensure the pattern pieces and instructions make up how they planned them to, and are user friendly for the sewing community. Often, indie pattern companies especially will put out… Continue reading Homer and Howells Innes
Each month the Modista newsletter brings you updates from around the sewing world, useful links and videos and exclusive discounts and offers from some fabulous indie brands. This month we have THREE brands to choose from so here I'm listing some of my favourite picks.... Dragonfly Fabrics Dragonfly are one of my favourite UK online… Continue reading This month’s Modista indie brands
Welcome to this month's stop on the global sewing tour - Spain! One of my favourite countries, Spain in my opinion has it all. Gorgeous landscapes, delicious food, amazing culture and of course the FASHION. @maria_bernad Dressmaking in Spain, in my opinion, is perhaps not as mainstream as it is in the UK or France… Continue reading Bienvenido to the world of Spanish sewing!
Since launching the latest plant themed label designs this week I have been so pleased with the positive response to them! Thank you to everyone who has ordered this far and I hope you enjoy sewing them into your makes. Like many of us I became far too emotionally attached to my plant babies during… Continue reading Growing inspiration….plant themed sewing projects and more
This blog post contains gifted fabric. I chose the fabric to be able to blog about a garment and topic of my choosing; One of my favourite recent makes is the Sew Over It Libby blouse. I'm entering the sewing stage that follows the immediate intense obsession of initially discovering sewing; now I'm realising I… Continue reading Constructing the Sew Over it Libby collar