First project of 2022! DIY pyjama set

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that 2022 is off to a gentle and happy start for you. Here in Amsterdam the lockdown continues, with hospitality shut but non-essential stores now open by appointment. I have to admit, it's really hard going. Last January and February were quite hard for me mental health wise in… Continue reading First project of 2022! DIY pyjama set

Dressmaking · Sewing Plans

How to organise your sewing patterns using Google Sheets

While some might say my love for patterns is out of control....I prefer to call myself a pattern connoisseur! We all have an aspect of sewing we can't resist, right? For some it's fabrics, others haberdashery...well for me it's patterns, both printed and PDF. I absolutely love my pattern collection and am perfectly happy in… Continue reading How to organise your sewing patterns using Google Sheets


Pattern Review: Dawn McCall’s

Do you sew with "Big Four" patterns? McCall's are one of the biggest sewing pattern companies, stocked worldwide and you usually find their patterns sold in printed form on the tissue paper you traditionally associate with home sewing. I haven't got too much experience with them but here is my very short summary... Before working… Continue reading Pattern Review: Dawn McCall’s


Scandi Sewing: Interview with Named

In January 2021 Named are offering 15% discount to Modista newsletter subscribers! From February onwards the discounts will be exclusive to Patreon members - find out more here. This month the Modista world sewing tour is in Scandinavia! Each month I round up some of my favourite sewists and brands from a region so that… Continue reading Scandi Sewing: Interview with Named


Men’s Tropical Shirt : Wardrobe By Me Pattern

Wardrobe by Me are offering an exclusive discount code to Modista subscribers til 16 Jan! Read about the Modista Newsletter here. This blog post contains gifted fabric. I was under no obligation to use or write about it. All comments as usual my own! Do you like sewing for others? I swing back and forth… Continue reading Men’s Tropical Shirt : Wardrobe By Me Pattern


Quick winter sews: Lotta Dress and Wilder Gown

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

Dressmaking · Uncategorized

Interview with Jessica Novianti from Karta Batik

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


Introducing the October featured brands

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