So this is the start of my #100daysofPatterns. The prompt for this week’s theme is celebrate, which was broad covering a whole host of occasions to celebrate, including new homes, new life and another year passing. So here’s my image board that got me started. Day 1 – I started with flowers,… Read More #100daysofPattern – Week 1
It’s the first day of spring, and it’s time for some (as always) over ambitious sewing plans for the new season. I’m big into the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I don’t want to start from scratch and sew a whole new wardrobe, but instead I want to create a few new pieces that I […]
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?
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
For me, 2018 was the year of YouTube, okay, I was pretty late to the party as the video sharing site was started in 2005. But until last year, aside from the odd music video, cat dressed as a shark on a hoover video and the frantic search for how to put flatpack furniture together… Read More What YouTube Taught Me About DIY