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Well, hello!
It has been a while since my last blog post – and I feel like every post opens with this sentence (2018 hasn’t featured many blog posts so far!) – but this time I have good reason.
Over the spring/summer I was chipping away at a little project… Inspired by lots of lovely messages I had received over the last year or so in relation to my self-drafted fully lined pencil skirt (and other projects), I decided to start selling my own sewing patterns, which are now available at Pearson and Pope!
I wanted to do it properly, which involved working with professional pattern graders / pattern cutters, and enlisting a fantastic group of pattern testers who gave me lots of helpful feedback on the instructions and any pattern issues. A talented friend of mine helped me with photos and design, and before I knew it, Pearson and Pope was up and running!
This project is very dear to my heart. I have a demanding day job, and children, but have found it so rewarding to put my patterns out there in this way and have been blown away by the response and lovely comments received so far. Now that it’s live though, I can get back to planning some slightly more relaxed sewing, and dusting off this blog, so watch out for more regular posts!

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  1. I love your style! Could you give me your opinion about the Opium Coat? I would like to make it for a spring time Pacific NW weather day.. Could you suggest anything besides wool you think might work. I would like a cotton canvas but I’m not sure it would drape correctly.
    Thank you,


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My first make of 2020 was actually an unfinished project from 2019. The @schnittchenpatterns #schnittchencoco #cocojacket is quick and easy to make and works really well as a collarless suit jacket. I’m planning to make a matching skirt from this Linton Tweed fabric, and write up a blog post with full details when the suit is complete. Linton Tweed has a long standing relationship with Chanel, so although this isn’t a French cardigan jacket, it feels like an appropriate use of this fabric I’ve had in my stash for at least a couple of years. I’m so pleased to finally be making that wardrobe staple of a great black suit (perfect for my day job so it’ll get a lot of wear)! 🙌🏾 #handmadeworkwardrobe #youcanmakeittoo #sewtheprecious #sewcialists #sewing
Still wearing my #ddopium coat and it still puts a smile on my face every time I do! #sewing #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe
On the home stretch now - some tidying up on the inside and then it’ll be time to turn her out and give her a good press! #sewingwip #baggingout #diyjacket #sewcialists #isewmyownclothes
Trying to ease back into sewing by tackling some of my pre-Christmas UFOs... looking forward to finishing this quick project and a couple of other hopefully quick wins, before I move on to my 2020 plans! #slowsewing #slowfashion #isew #sewcialists
I haven’t gotten much sewing done over the Christmas period - but I did make a batch of reusable cotton pads, which was surprisingly easy, quick and rewarding. I used cotton flannel and terry towelling fabric (both from @minervadotcom). I made some with flannel on both sides and some with flannel on one and towelling on the other, and use one set for creamy make up remover and another for my cleanser/toner. Swipe through for steps if you’re interested! #smallchangesaddup #reusablepads #sewingforthewin
Remember my Saraste dress posts a couple of weeks ago? Managed to get a blog post up, if you’d like to read all about it ☺️ ... I’m still very much in love with it! #sarasteshirtdress #sewistsofinstagram #imakemyownclothes
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