4 Espressos, with Cake Please!

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Whilst lots of you have joined in the OWOP challenge (one week one pattern – wearing the same pattern every day, Carolyn being my favourite with her collection of Archers), I’ve subconsciously been having my own little challenge – OSOP – one sumner one pattern. My wardrobe staple this summer has been the Yasmin Yoke skirt. I have my 3 denim ones (light, dark and black), my leopard print and my linen one.  Joining the RTW fast has (and putting on a few 20 pounds stopping smoking) has made it difficult to find something to wear in my vast wardrobe. That’s when the Yasmin came to the rescue. On fat days she sites on my waist and on thin not so fat days she sits more on my hips. 

Now Autumn is upon on, I’m now needing a little more leg coverage. I’ve worn Yasmin 5 with woolly tights and boots, But I stumbled across Cake’s Espresso leggings and read the wonderful reviews, and now 5 pairs later I’m loving them!!  

Flower power jeggings! A cotton mix stretch woven. 



As there was less stretch than a jersey I added a good 1/2 inch all the way round. They’ve turned out a little wrinkly in parts but this is disguised with the busy pattern.

I also made a pair for my mum in some denim look Jersey.  She’s only 5’1″ so often finds it difficult to buy well fitting clothes. They’re so comfy and look like skinny jeans when worn. 

When I took them to her house Little H (now bigger than me!) modelled them for her…..



Mother and son with matching leggings!! Is this a first?!?!


Woooooo…. My long legs!


Introducing the full collection. The pink ones were my first test pair. Amazing fit, just a shame they’re pink, or a shame I’m not 5 years old. The second were the blue ones, I’ve nearly worn them out already.  Third were the flower jeggings and last black ones in a ponte knit. 


I think this post will tick a few boxes for this month’s Monthly stitch…..


Sew Stretchy

Sewing Double

Indie Pattern Month – a new designer 


Get in there girl! 


How’s the rest of you coping with the RTW fast and other challenges in the blogging world? 

I’m not doing too bad, but sewing more than blogging, so now I need to concentrate on updating my blog. I can’t wait to tell you have my crochet addiction has progressed and show you my summer bag.  So go on then, here it is!

Here’s the pic from the pattern I followed. I only have a copy of it so unfortunately I don’t know the name of the magazine. It was love at first sight and what made me want to learn to crochet

My summer handbag!



Prima Playsuit

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I’d been ‘toying’ with the idea of making a playsuit.  However, are they age appropriate for someone who is 40 something? Three things made me think “sod it! I’m making one anyway”


We have been having the most amazing weather and I need one.

I found an old pattern from Prima August 2002 in my stash.

Scooter Phoenix is having a Jump Suit Challenge.  I like to call mine a play suit!

So here’s the pattern I used:
It was an absolute doddle to put together.  I’d never made anything with an elasticated waist before and it was really easy. It turned out much better than I thought and have even been seen out and about  in public wearing it.  I made it with 1.5 m of sequinned jersey I bought from Dewsbury.  It was 150cm wide and £2/m.  The sequins are stuck on, and there’s other patterns too in bronze colours.
 I thought initially it would just be good for:


After speaking to friends in Canada and America it was strange to find they don’t ‘peg out’. This seems odd to me as in the beginning of the year it’s a big event when the weather turns and we can finally peg out!

It’s the only chore I do with a smile on my face!!

I have a trowel in my hand, it looks like i’m just pointing at the ground!  The elasticated top is fab for gardening.  Usually when wearing a vest top when you lean over “things” can fall out.  This doesn’t happen with the playsuit.  (please note hubby if you do read this,  this is evidence that I do things at home other than sewing!)








Such strenuous activity in this heat.
But its good for chillaxing too!
For those of you thinking of making one too you could probably manage to make one without a pattern.  You could use for the bottom any drawstring trouser/PJ bottoms pattern, and just a tube for the top, or a vest top.  Just add a couple of extra inches for where they join together in the middle to make the elastic casing.

Selfies and Sorbettos

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Late to the party? Crikey, I don’t think I’ll ever get there, late or otherwise!

So, what have Selfies and Sorbettos got in common?  ……A year ago I’d heard of neither.

My mums only just learning too.  Whilst taking this selfie at cricket she said……

My mum (on the left)   “wouldn’t it be easier if we asked that man over there to take it for us?” Doh!!

Whilst most of you have perfected and hacked this well known (free !) indie pattern from Collette Patterns i’ve just about managed to get to grips with bias binding and made 3 this month!  Even though I’ve used bias trim before, I’ve recently invested in the Craftsy Class ‘sewing on the edge’ and have learn a lot, including a super easy way to make my own without one of the fiddly binding makers where the tape has to be just the exact size, or else.

My sorbetto pattern has been stuck together and hung up since last year, and for some unknown reason I’ve not bothered to sew it.

All this changed when I was umming and arrhing over this ill fitting maxi dress and tuck the plunge with my first Sorbetto.


I love the fabric. The dress was donated by my mum in law, and has only been in my stash about 4 weeks, but I know even if it fit me properly it was too loud for me to wear very often as a maxi dress.

I turned the fabric upside down and used the stripey part for the upper part of the Sorbetto.  It went together painlessly, I even used french seams everywhere.   The only thing I thought was a bit odd was the length of the bust darts.  I never noticed when I was sewing, but when wearing I’m conscious that they almost meet in the middle.  Well, maybe a slight exagertation!  I put it down to not being very accurate when I sewed the darts but the second Sorbetto turned out the same.  As both were patterned fabric no one has noticed except me. Well, I’ve not caught anyone staring at my darts yet!

  Here’s a selfie of Harrison and me watching Yorkshire play cricket at Headingley in Leeds.  My life revolves around cricket, Harrison is playing for the Yorkshire Under 12s this year, and I have the best tan ever (except between the knees and bust which are super pasty white!). And when he’s not playing, there’s always a match somewhere else that we can watch.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with cricket here’s my boy coming off after he’d batted and scored 54 runs:

Cricket = lots of washing and soaking whites.


Here’s a few on the hanger pix. I so love this top and have worn it more times than I can remember, with my Yasmin Yoke Skirts.

Here’s a close up of my bias binding:

oops, not that one, this one…….

My 2nd Sorbetto was also a refashion.  A man’s shirt that I bought for £4 in a charity shop.  This was a little fiddly fitting the pattern onto the shirt.  I used the button down front and the curved hem.

Here it is in it’s original state:

 and here it is almost finished – just the arm holes need binding and some extra buttons sewn on the front…

I positioned the buttons then put a strip of cellotape over them so I could keep their positions in the right order. In the end I only sewed 3 extra ones, and stitched down where it gaped at the bust.

The Yorkshire Viking (LEFT!!)

Well, it gives you an idea of how it looks!

This is another top i’ve worn loads, again with my Yasmin Yoke skirt.  I think anyone at cricket who sees me regularly must think I have some sort of summer uniform.  Sometimes i jazz things up a little with a Victoria Blazer!

So, to Sorbetto number 3.  Last and by no means least.

This one was inspired by the Monthly Stitches challenge for July…..Mono Sewn.  I’ve already blogged about my lovely new mono frock, worn 4 times in 2 weeks due to 2 weddings, lady captains day and a day at the races. I’ve really gotten my monies worth out of my 4 pound frock!  A pound an outing!  Surely that must be some sort of record!

Here we are, my mono sorbetto:

Yes, you’ve guessed it, worn with a yasmin yoke skirt!

Think I look a bit worried in the photo above, as if someone might walk in on me taking my own photo.  Wish they would’ve done, they could’ve bloody well taken them!

Check out the necklace! A gift on my lady captain’s day, which turned out to be more like my birthday as I received so many gifts!

Now I’ve not gone daft, but these photos show where the original dart finished on my first 2 sorbettos (RIGHT) and where i’ve altered it to finish on this pattern (LEFT). I didn’t change anything else for the shortened dart, wasn’t sure if I should, so didn’t bother and it’s turned out ok.

 To you seasoned bloggers out there, what’s the next step? Sleeves? Frock? I’ve googled and looked at so many variations I’ve got a serious case of colettitus!  Any links to any exciting hacks would be welcomed.

So now I have 3 Sorbettos and 4 Yasmin Yoke skirts.  I really can’t believe i’ve made the same things more than once when I have oodles of patterns crying out to be made!

What’s the most you’ve made of one pattern?  I’ve one Yasmin unblogged (but not unloved) but will post it with the 2 more I have planned in the near future!

Mono Frock has a day at the races

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A couple of Saturdays ago we had a day at Ripon races.  We had been invited by VW Van Centre who were sponsoring a race, so best frocks were called for as we were being spoilt rotten in the hospitality suite and would also be helping choose the best turned out horse in the VW Race.


I had this fabric which I bought in Dewsbury a few weeks ago. £4 for 2 metres..or was it £6?….bargain nevertheless!  It has a slight stretch and the black part has a velvety feel.    Flocked?? Not sure if that’s the right word.


Perfect for a mono sewn garment for July’s challenge over at The Monthly Stitch! And also ticks all the boxes for Goodbye Valentino’s RTW Fast!


I used Newlook 6146  (I believe is an OOP pattern) which I have loaned from one of my old golfing buddies, now new sewing buddy.  She’s a HUGE bag of old patterns which I rummaged in to find this:



I think its so fab that I’ve discovered the joy of tracing and sharing patterns!!

My dress for the races needed to be a simple make as I only had about 4 hours to complete it. 

I decided to sew the back and front completely except for the facings, then baste the sides, adjusted the fit then finished off.

The pattern only went to a size 16 which is ok for the waist and hips, but I have the broadest back ever and usually am 2 sizes bigger on top.  As the pattern called for a non-stretch fabric I decided to risk it, afterall I had a back up plan, the Vogue 1353.


I had 3 sewing lines before I was happy with the fit on the hips. I didn’t leave it like this, I tidied the seams with my overlocker. 

 I chose some black crepe for under the bust panel seams, I wanted to add some turquoise ric rac but I found it too fiddly.     I wanted to wear my turquoise shoes which I struggle to find an outfit to match.  So far I’ve only worn them once and that was to an 80’s fancy dress night.  Really!!! what does that say about my taste!!??

 The ric rac was pushed aside and soon the frock was finished.  I found I could get it on without unfastening the zip.  I also found it could do with taking in a little more.

Bring on super hidden invisible zip! I didn’t have time to unpick it so I stitched it into the seam and brought the back in. 

Can you see the excess fabric in the back? Is a sway back adjustment needed?  I’ve heard about them in other blogs but not given them much thought until I made this. Once I’d hidden the zip the top of the frock at the CB seam looked a bit untidy so I added the black and white trim.  This really looked so much better, I was glad I’d hidden the zip and ended up with the dodgy CB seam else I wouldn’t have done this.

So, the finished frock…………in action at the races….My horse came first, here I was dashing to the bookies to collect my winnings!

Great camera angle, I almost look skinny! Must try and reconstruct that pose in future posts! (but not the facial expression!)



The Bell ringer announced the start of the race and they were off!  

(this was actually a different race but thought the picture could fit in with the story!)


We had a great day! The sun shone intermittently and spirits were high.  I left home with more money that I came with, thanks to this little beauty……!


well, it wasn’t just this one. I had 4 winners on the day and came home £20 richer! Just think of the fabric I could buy!

 Most of my photos were post rain, avec frizz.  I also had a self conscious photographer!  So here’s the official photo shoot at Ripon Races:


on no!! whats happening here? This was supposed to be a side view. Don’t think I was quite ready! Check out the lady in the black and white frock in the back ground. Does anyone recognise her? She may be a fellow monthly stitch contributor!


Tho I wasn’t shaking my fist at the photographer,  I really have no idea what I was doing!


cheeky little over the shoulder pose, being out of focus helps to soften the look, and the frizzy hair!


I think this is the best photo of the day.  We asked some random passer by to take the photo! Might try and borrow a stranger for future blog photo shoots!

 Is is just me who struggles to get decent pix for their blog!!  

I spend hours on a project but then showcase them on my blog with photos taken in a mad rush in the back garden, usually with no make up and a bad hair day!!


Golf…… Burda Style

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Last month I bought my first ever burda style magazine and bravely set about tracing these shorts

It hasn’t taken me almost a month to trace and sew the, it’s taken that long to update my blog!


The tracing wasn’t too bad and I’m getting the hang of adding seam allowances.  I have one of these which really helps. 



In about an hour I had all my pieces ready.


The shorts came together in no time and I love the contrasting spotty fabric. My only disappointment was that the fabric didn’t have enough body to hold the shape and they were a bit flappy when I was playing golf. They also seemed to get bunched up between my legs as I walked, but my playing partners said they still looked ok from the back and no one could tell. 

I think they’d look good in light weight denim or a stretch cotton sateen. 

I cheated a little with the waist band as I wanted to finish them quickly so I could wear them for golf. I inserted the zip but instead of adding a proper waist band I added elastic: 

This had made them comfier too what I’m bending and swinging. 

Here’s some more pix, selfies I’m afraid…..

Do you remember the top? It’s the one I made for my 1950’s rock n roll night!



When worn all the ladies at the club thought I was wearing a skirt!

Apologies for the photos! I really do need to find my tripod and use the self timer on my proper camera instead of being lazy with the iPhone. 


Well, going googly-eyed looking at burda patterns whilst tracing hasn’t put me off so this may be the first of many burda style garments! And if I choose my patterns wisely, and use them more the once, the time and effort should be worth it. I’m already planning on my a denim pair of these shorts before the summers out. 


Crikey!! Where do I start!!

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I’ve finally done it! Will it be the best £4.99 ever spent? Or will I just end up drooling over the photos?
I’ve bought my first Burda Style magazine and am just about to trace off the pieces for these shorts…..


My Yasmin Yoke skirt pattern is the only one I’ve used where I’ve needed to add seam allowances, but as I have 3 wonderful skirts to show for my trouble the memories have disappeared from my mind. Mmmm…probably not dis-similar to child birth!

So here we go, let’s find the pieces…..



Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to show off my spotty version…. Here’s my fabric for a hopefully wearable muslin – it’s dark cerise pink but doesn’t show up too well in the photograph.


Wish me luck! Hope I get to the cutting out stage. At least that will mean I have the pieces!!

Mum does a runner with my New Victoria Blazer

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I’ve spent most of the weekend making my 2nd Victoria Blazer from By Hand London. (Link added in case by some crazy chance you’ve not heard of those talented London Girls who make fab patterns!). 

As usual I was struggling to find a photographer so I called at my mums. Before I could hand her my camera iPhone she had my jacket on and was away down the garden! 

She gathered speed when she realised I was hot on her heals:

So here’s my mum modelling MY new Victoria Blazer:





Unintentionally showing the pattern matching in the pockets.

I did eventually recover my blazer, but I think when I get round to making Victoria No. 3 it will be for my mum!




Back to the nitty gritty…..’how did I find this pattern?’, and ‘what changes did I make?’


LOVE the pattern! Who couldn’t or wouldn’t?!?!   I bought it (only a month ago) after spending the last 8 months drooling over all the Victorias around the blogosphere I really didn’t know what to make it with. I wanted a soft denim one, a flowery one, a linen one, the list was endless. Then, on a mini shopping spree to Dewsbury (mini because Dewsbury is really not that big, but worth a visit on market day) I found a pillar box red ponte knit with a little surprise……..



£3 per metre!!  What a bargain!! So 3 metres later I had a vision for my Victoria blazer! 


Careful placement of the pieces were called for, the 2 circles in the middle of the pattern weren’t level, which I thought would cause a problem, but it worked out ok. I used the border on the very bottom for the collar, but thought it would look ‘too much’ if I’d have used if for the lapel and cuffs too.  



I didn’t line this jacket as I didn’t have any suitable stretchy lining, and I’d seen Scruffy Badgers which turned out fab so I thought I’d give the lining a miss too. 

I’ve worn this jacket to death, mostly with my denim Yasmin Yoke Skirts, and no one ever believes I’ve made it, tho they do when I confess to not stitching on the added embellishments! 

I used red satin bias binding to edge the front and also to hem the bottom. Here’s Gertrude  modelling it:



My other Photographer was having a tea break! 


Looks like Gertrude has grown proper legs!


This is just the comfiest thing ever to wear.  Looks super smart with everything, but feels like I’m wearing a cardigan. 


I’ve worn it so much I needed to make another. My measurements for BHL are 18-16-14.  For the ponte knit I made a straight 14 and it was fine due to having slight stretch. For the woven one I decided to cut an 18 with the intention of taking it in if needed, but it’s ok. 

When making my plaid blazer there were one or two things I did slightly different..


  • Lined the sleeves. I used a shiny stretchy cream fabric. No idea what it is, it’s crepe on one side and shiny on the other. Was £7/metre at Truro fabrics. (Bought it on my holidays last year).
  • Sewed the sleeves in before joining the side seams and setting in the pockets.
  • I didn’t add the lapels. I was going to but somehow they ended up to long, or the blazer ended up too short. No idea how that happened but pleased with the effect without them. 
  • Stitched the lining to the shell just around the front initially, then pressed and under stitched where the lapels should have been to give the front some substance. 
  • Skipped the French seams on the cuffs due to being lined.
  • Matched the opening of the cuffs up with the seam instead of the opposite way round.  With the cuffs being made with contrasting fabric I didn’t want to emphasise any mishaps ie dodgy pointy corners, (tho they turned out ok so no need to worry).
  • After I’d sewn the bottom I left a gap and turned it right side.   I then pressed and top stitched the bottom. I’d gone a bit wrong somehow and it bagged a little. I could have ironed it out, but as the excess was on the outside it made the lines wonky on the pattern. So now it bags only slightly, but the bottom is straight. 
I overlocked everything and prepped my collars before I started proper sewing.



I was so pleased I’d been careful cutting out. The plaid matched in places I didn’t expect! Even inside the pockets! 


The inside is almost a gorgeous as the outside…..

Now I think my next project is to make a Yasmin Yoke skirt with the pale blue denim!