I've just recorded a second vlog and uploaded it to YouTube. I have such a great response to my first video it gave me the confidence to make another. I'm speaking about my recent makes, although I haven't had opportunity to make as much as I would like due to starting a new job. And… Continue reading Vlog #2
I admit that I'm quite a chatterbox and since beginning my Instagram account @button_and_pip and my blog I have loved talking to more and more people about my favourite hobby. I recently did a short video on IGTV talking about the patterns I received as a prize from the Sew Your Style competition. Pressing record… Continue reading My New YouTube Channel
The Bettine is a great beginner dress pattern, however I came to it a little later. I made my first from floral viscose fabric which has been a great dress for there hot summer days. I always wanted to copy the denim version that's on the pattern packet for a casual dress. The Supplies: When… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons – Bettine dress
I've always wanted to have a jumpsuit and after making my faux jumpsuit using the Sew Over It Ultimate Culottes and the True Bias Ogden Cami, the Tilly and the Buttons 'Marigold' jumped to the top of my 'to sew' list. I live in the Midlands and when listening to the Stitchers Brew podcast I… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons – Marigold jumpsuit
The sewing community seems to be split on tracing out patterns or cutting into your patterns. I admit, once upon a time I was all for #teamcut however as my independent pattern collection has grown, I've moved over to #teamtrace on a few occasions. I'm going to give the pros and cons of each camp:… Continue reading What’s better? Tracing or Cutting patterns.
Whilst I was searching the events listing at the NEC I found the Sew Your Style 2018 Competition ran by The Pattern Pages sewing magazine. They had 4 categories: Vintage Refashion All in the detail Accessories I feel that my handmade wardrobe is modern with a slight vintage twist. This may come about because of… Continue reading Sew Your Style 2018 Competition.
This pattern came free with the June edition of Love Sewing Magazine and I was instantly excited to make version D. It's not a style of dress I have ever worn before but with my summer holidays coming up I thought it was be a perfect dress for the warm evenings. The Supplies: I saw… Continue reading McCalls M7543
The Suzy Magazine advertises itself as the magazine for women who make their own trends. With the newsagents shelves full of sewing magazines I did wonder if it would just fall into the crowd, however Suzy Magazine offers so much more. Suzy Magazine is available online from their website. It's on its 5th issue and… Continue reading Suzy Magazine Review
I love the feeling when someone asks me where did I get my dress from and I reply 'I made it!'. Even more when they then reply 'You wouldn't know that you've made it!'. That to me makes me feel that I have passed the test. My garments have moved from homemade to handmade. It's… Continue reading How to make your Handmade look less Homemade
I began sewing for myself in 2016 when I made a New Years Resolution to make my own clothes. Until then I had only really sewn for my two young daughters and I had tried and failed at making a few things for myself. I learnt so much that year and also I found Independent… Continue reading My 6 month Blogging Anniversary