I’m proud to say I’m working with Minerva Crafts and my makes will be found every month over on their Blog. I’m an advocate of fabric shopping online, this might feel counterintuitive to some, but when I dream up a project I am quite set on what type, colour and weight of fabric I’m looking… Read More Minerva Crafts Blog: Lurex Coating Coco Jacket
Making your own clothes gives new value to your wardrobe, because of the time, effort and investment that went into making them. The Wardrobe Architect Series on The Collete Blog back from 2014 was especially designed to help sewists construct their handmade wardrobe. The blog series provides a set of prompts to force yourself to… Read More The Wardrobe Architect
Packing a sketchbook when I go on holiday is as essential to me as a passport and a pair of sunglasses. I wanted to share a few pages from my sketchbooks to encourage you to try sketching next time you’re on holiday and embrace slow tourism. These pages are from our time taking a… Read More Slow Tourism & Travel Sketchbooks
Walk into a fabric shop and as a beginner sewist you do one of two things; you walk in and walk straight out again or leave with an armful of fabric not entirely sure what you’ve bought or for what project you can use it for. To avoid any expensive mistakes, I started sewing with… Read More How To Choose Fabric?
I wear jeans all the time, for years I’ve bought the same pair and style from Topshop (branching out to Cheap Monday if I could get them in the sale) in mid blue and black. Every year the fabric looks worn within six months and I pledge to look for another style that will last… Read More Making Jeans
Sewists, dressmakers, home sewers, seamstresses, tailors, makers, whatever you call yourself, as a breed we tend to be a solitary bunch. A free afternoon, an empty Sunday, let’s face it even a Saturday night doesn’t bring dread, infact it brings uninterrupted joy at the opportunity to sit down and start that project, or pick up one… Read More 6 Reasons To Sew-cialize
This week marks the end of London’s Fashion Week Men’s so it seemed fitting to share some menswear I have made as I dip my toe into sewing for men, (one man in particular). In terms of design I find menswear really interesting; I’m someone who likes boundaries to work within and to keep things… Read More Sewing Menswear