There is a sewing life beyond the big 4!

If you’ve come across from my other blog, you will know I have an embarrassing amount of fabric, but I have never really fessed up to the amount of patterns I own – it’s also embarrassing.

I gave an awful lot away earlier in the year after I had a private consultation with an image consultant.  Once she got over the shock of seeing fabric and patterns rather than physical clothes we had a great time!

So this post is really related to patterns and how I have never, ever, purchased outside the big 4 – and most of those are Vogue.  There’s a fair few by Mcalls and a couple of  Kwik Sew patterns that I have only recently purchased since they were added to the Vogue/Butterick/Mcalls business.  My recent “discovery” is Burda – they fit me well and appear to have a better approach to fitting the modern woman’s shape.

Of course I have read a lot about Sewaholic patterns – everyone appears to have great success with them and as I am a pear-shape then they should be perfect for me.  So I stuck my toe in the water and purchased the following patterns from


Perfect for my pear-shape?  time will 1301_sewaholic_robson_envelope-fronttell

I am really keen to start the Robson Trenchcoat and have purchased some Liberty Cotton Twill and a meter of polycotton to make my own bias-binding (sorry no pic of that as yet).  I must re-read everyone’s thoughts on this because it’s a new pattern company to me and I’m really not sure about the sizing.  Of course I will make a toile first, the Liberty fabric cost a bomb….. you need so much meterage for this coat.

Liberty For Robson Trench

A bit “My Little Pony?!

And today, quite by accident, I came across this pattern company based in Denmark.  Onion Patterns are really my cup of tea – so I stuck another toe in the water and bought these two:

Onion Coat

Onion Dress pattern

It will be interesting to see how long they take to arrive.  The two patterns cost just under £20 including tax and postage.  That’s good value in my book.  I’ll document my findings as I work through these patterns but as I have have a couple of things to make for work first (two blouses and a skirt – yes, they are Vogue patterns)  they will drop into my Autumn sewing plan.

Have a great weekend all



Learning to crochet in Kilbrin

For as many years as I care to remember I have wanted to be able to crochet. I can do a mean granny square, but don’t know what stitch I’m using, and lets face it, there are only so many blankets you can make!

So on our holiday to Ireland last week, I took my crochet hook, a ball or two of double knit, and a lovely little book that I picked up cheaply from The Book People (they drop off a selection of books at the workplace and you get the book a couple of days later).  It’s beautifully written with some super projects. I was disappointed at first that there were only a few beginner projects, but once I worked through the first one, I moved straight on to a scarf which is aimed at “improvers”.  What do you think?  A work in progress, but I’m delighted with it so far.



I am amazed at how quickly crochet comes together and can see myself becoming seriously hooked (sorry!)

** Updated to add the book!

Author Nicki Trench


Our trip to Ireland was blessed with the best weather ever! look at those blue sky’s, hardly a cloud in sight and at 29 degrees a bit of a record for North Cork. Ian helped his Uncle David bring in the hay. He uses the small square bales as they are easier for him to manage.  Want to take a look?


A move to WordPress

Hello, I’ve moved over from blogger.  I wanted a fresh start to  blogging and my sewing. I hope you will join me from time to time as I work through my stash of fabric and patterns, with the odd tale of “what Jack did today”- our 3 year old Jack Russell-cross who is in charge of our house.

I can’t figure out how to add a link to my old post at the moment (the symbol is greyed out) so will add it once I have the hang of things.  Here’s a picture of Jack in the meantime….