Erika Knight Studio Linen and the Tranquil Shawl

Although this project came after my first shawl, it ended up being posted on the Minerva Crafts blog first¬† –¬† this is a review of the Erika Knight Studio Linen yarn and the shawl I made with it. Hopefully I am slowly getting better! This is the Tranquil Shawl by Sarah Hazell, which was designed…

Crochet time – the Tidal Wave shawl

If you follow me on Instagram – @notsewsimple – then you may know that I started teaching myself to crochet earlier this year. After a couple of months of producing small wonky squares and strips of very dodgy basic stitches, I took a class at my local yarn shop which really helped with the basics…

Lazy days of summer – Deer & Doe Myosotis dress

Hi there Welcome to my very first Deer and Doe Myosotis dress – I have already made two more and have another in progress so I think it is safe to say this has been my favourite dress of the summer! I loved all the new Deer & Doe patterns when they were released a…

Summer breeze – Sewaholic Hollyburn skirts

Hi there I could start by apologising (again) for my lack of blogging recently, or I could just skip straight to the actual skirts? There has been quite a bit of sewing, but I just haven’t been finding time to get photos. So in an attempt to get something posted these photos were taken on…

The Spring Six – a little sewing planning

Since I finished my last project, I have found myself in one of those states where I want to make all the things but can’t actually manage to get started. This often leads to random fabric purchases and getting cross with myself for having wasted my precious sewing time. I have a number of projects…

Me Made May 2018

I can’t believe it is May again already! Time to take a closer look at my handmade wardrobe and join the biggest sewing challenge. Me Made May was created by SoZo and you can read more about the challenge at her blog here This will be my fifth year of taking part in Me Made…

Some day out of the blue – Ottobre Hideaway hoodie

Sorry (not sorry) but I am back with yet another stripey top. I have actually sewed up several other things that don’t have stripes and aren’t tops – but this one was hot off the sewing machine today and there was an extra hour of daylight to grab pictures so here we are…I saw this…

Something about stripes – Linden and Uvita

Hello again On a briefly sunny Sunday afternoon I managed to get out and grab some pictures of my latest makes. These tops were so straightforward and quick to sew, just a few hours each – but they make me feel happy and they have been worn pretty much in rotation ever since I finished…

Hey Blue – Closet Case Patterns Kalle

Hi there I am delighted that not only have I ticked off one the new patterns on my #2018makenine before the end of January, but I’m also really pleased with the result. I have always been cautious about loose fitting dresses without any waist definition and thought there was a good chance that I would…

All the leaves are green – another Lady Skater

Hi there and welcome to 2018! Although I have already made a start on my #2018makenine I am easing into the new year by telling you about a dress I actually finished last year – hence the Christmas decorations in the pictures. This is a Lady Skater dress from Kitschycoo – this dress is a…

Looking forward – #2018makenine

It’s a new year and time for some new sewing plans!

But before we get into the #2018makenine, I thought I would take a quick look back at my #2017makenine and see what I actually achieved.