Once in a while, I find a pattern that just fits the family ( the girls).

I procrastinated over the Groove dress pattern, bought it and was never happier. When making something for Larissa I have to be careful not to buy all these cute kiddies patterns floating around, unless I want to pattern hack, reconstruct ect…

The groove dress comes in children, teen and for the ladies so BAM girl I just buy for teens and ladies, but the teens was to small at the bust and waist measurements, so size 12/14 for ladies it was, very easy to grade between two sizes and chop off the appropriate length for her,

First Groove dress was a high low version with round neck and short sleeves, fabric is a light sweatshirting from Higgs and Higgs.

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The second Groove dress I made was the straight hem (Swing version)with scoop neck and short sleeves. Fabric was picked out by Larissa from Minerva Crafts.


I have one happy 10 year old, I have my sewing groove back, so thank you……. Continue reading

A Little refashion

My white T

So i have this white t shirt, I must say I love it, shop bought a while ago.  When I unpacked it for summer this year, noticed it had a couple of small holes in it…… What to do?   Rummage through my scraps and refashion a little bit. Found some Chambray, grabbed my heart stencil and appliqued a little love.  A good wash and iron and its back on my body as usual.


A Bit on the side.

I do so love sewing when it comes to the end of the school year in July, Teachers gifts are so easy to choose and sew up!

Last year Larissa’s Year 3 teacher loved penguins, this was easy for me, finding inspiration on Pinterest,  I choose to make a pillow with a loving theme.Mobile phone pics 102

I made the pillow in a cream Linen and appliqued with felt, this was a gorgeous pillow and I was so proud of it!

This year, Larissa’s 2 teachers wanted “Monkeys”, at first I freaked out a bit, where was I gonna find a monkey let alone inspiration? Yet again pinterest saved the day. I found a colouring page and decided on an appliqued pillow, I also found adorable monkeys with pockets from “abeautifulmess.com”. I loved working on these gifts and needless to say I was a big hit! Being told that whom ever is Larissa’s teachers always look forward to her gifts, what a wonderful compliment. I am one Happy Mommy. 20160720_152018IMG_20160722_08514320160720_152027

Thanks again my lovely Peeps for joining me in my sewing adventures.





Ahh once again it was World Book Day, since Larissa’s school became an Academy, 2 years ago, they have not dressed up for world book day so this year they where given a theme, Mr or Miss Men, this did not go down well with the parents so they decided to change it to , “your favorite character out of a book or movie”.

Larissa loves “How to train your dragon”, so we decided to make her an Astrid outfit, I ordered some cream fur, linning to mach and some brown leatherette from “Fabricland”

I drew up my own cape pattern and assembled the leatherette skirt with some studs, wobbly woo one fierce Astrid! Larissa enjoyed her day at school. I accomplished the whole outfit in a afternoon.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my sewing adventures, till next time peeps.


I Want a dress!

My teenage daughter, Natasha, loves dresses and I dont make enough of them for  her.  i found this lovely pattern from SEW SIMPLE, Nancy tunic dress and top. Natasha loves the peter pan collar.


It was an easy sew, instructions were good , some darts and then the peter pan collar which I dont really fancy, I think its to big and takes away that femine touch, I would reconstruct it for the next dress. Fabric choice was a knit I bought at my local fabric store “Joan Weir”. I would have loved to take it in at the waist for Natasha but she wanted it loose and comfortable, lesson learnt , dont ask just do what i think is best! I also made the sleeves longer. Al in all, a good sew!



Thank you all my lovely peeps for reading and showing an interest



A Little Refashion….

Last year October, for church I had to come up with a Super Hero outfit for my youngest daughter Larissa.

Larissa is a funny creature and loves anything out of the norm, no Wonder women or cat lady ? Nooo she wanted X-Men, “Emma Frost”


So white it is, I had a beautiful dress my teenager wore several years ago, but the elastics had stretched out from old age. All I had to do, was replace them and alter it down to size at the bodice. Easy peasy, one lovely outfit all done!

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Little lovely’s

A while ago I made a stack of these little owls. the small owls had a pocket for anything small to go in like sweets or what I do at home, some small quotes for the day, as one walks out the front door, you read a quote, my kids loved this idea.

The bigger owls are just pillows for a lonely corner in any home!



Here is my second Evening Primrose dress, I love these fabrics together, Michael Miller, navy blue “Kuniko” and “Bitty dots”.

I made this outfit a bit different to the first pattern tested one, I added a invisible zipper at the back, only reason is Larissa can get into it herself , she struggles with buttons! I also did not add the ribbon detail down at the hem, gives the dress more a daytime appeal,  I also lengthened the sleeves

Larissa could not wait to take pictures of her in the dress thank goodness Wigan is having a clear spell with some sunshine today.

We got so many compliments at church it was unbelievable but then I new it would! Terra has truly created an absolute vintage and stylish dress for any girl to feel like a princess in. I am honored to have had this opportunity to Pattern test this dress.

Just remember that the pattern you can find here at http://terrastreasuresdesigns.com  and is on sale!!!

Thanks for reading, see you soon sewing Peeps.



A while ago I purchased the Lady Skater dress pattern from http://kitschy-coo.co.uk/ for my teenage daughter, it is a wonderfull pattern and flattering on any figures.

So I made the dress using the largest size, Tasha is a very Busty girl ( of course I am jealous). Scuba fabric has come out in droves at the shops so we chose this lovely red tartan, I bought it from Nortex Mill in Bolton, (they have a small online shop).

Needless to say the bodice and sleeves where a bit tight, not appreciated by me, my own fault for not measuring correctly! So Tasha ended up with this self designed Skater skirt and is happi like a chappi! With her PINK hair too, but that’s a story for another day…LOL

Thanks for reading, see you soon Peeps.

Evening Primrose Dress

Pattern testing.

Oh this is the second time I have been chosen  to test for Terra’s Treasures. This dress is to die for,when I first saw her picture of it I fell in love with the Empire style bodice, so when I was chosen i was delighted. The dress comes in sizes 12-24 m

and 2-14 years a must for me because Larissa my youngest is only 8 but wears size 12-14, she is not only tall but has broad shoulders, all the swimming she does! It is a easy pattern to work through Terra has great pictures and instructions!

I am currently working on my second dress, with Larissa over my shoulder, ” when will it be ready?”.

You can find the pattern here, currently on sale! http://terrastreasuresdesigns.com

Thanks for reading, see you soon Peeps.