Sewing World Magazine REVIEW July 2013

Hello there

If your looking for The Big Solely Sewing Pattern Swap head on over here!

I recently answered a call out for reviewers for



I personally have never bought this mag before, on first glance I think it seems a little generic, old fashioned even….. BUT don’t let the font of the title put you off!

This magazine comes with Full sized pull out patterns, For me this is massive…. I do have a printer/photocopier BUT it’s not playing ball with me ATM, so I have to head to the library and then tape, tape, tape!

There are three main sections they include, REGULARS, TECHNIQUES & FEATURES and lastly MAKES. I Enjoyed reading the breaking news, This is where I found out about A fab place to go show of your finished projects!

There is a Masterclass segment too, this is a step by step guide and the pattern for this month is a princess seam dress… This is found in the pull out and all at 100% too!! I would say the pattern is for a size 12-18 and as much as it a masterclass on altering patterns to improve fit, Being an 8 would be quite the alteration!


The makes this month are Pippi Doll, she’s a real cutie Designed by Helen Philipps, Very Voile top Designed by Kate Youdale, Her site is full of beautiful dresses too! Rainbow Edge Quilt Designed Jenna Excell. Uptown Tote Designed by Susan Dunlop, Which I adore…. I will be making this later!! Flowers Galore Designed by Joan Herrington who runs a patchwork and quilting shop in wellington, I love these they would look fab in a wee girls room too ! Housey Housey designed by Diana Sanderson who runs a sewing workshops. Roll and Ruffle Skirt Designed by Elaine Schmidt, Sand Sea and Sunglasses Designed Helen Dickson and The Flowers Are out Designed by Gilda Baron. I have saved the best till last though

Classy cover Designed by Annie Henderson. Contact number 01432 820125


I have started this project already…. I just have to choose some lovely fabric!


I’ll keep you posted!!


The Features section was really interesting, there’s a showcase of lovely summer sewing patterns, a 2 page spread with Charlotte Hintzen of BY HAND – LONDON I have to say I do love their Victoria Blazer. There is also a fab write up by our very own Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory, Men Who Sew I have to say I very much enjoyed it!

There is also a segment Readers Market, this is a page filled with lots of goodies for sale/wanted…. I think this is a really different, I’ve never seen it anywhere else!! Just to add you can list things there for free!!


So what can I say about this magazine….. Well I found myself at the newsagents just a couple of days ago, and yes I did buy Augusts issue!! There is a lovely Camera Bag & The Sweetest Jacket too. In this issue there is something for the little guys in your life, The Cutest hat with fab peak!!



Basically I think it’s a fab magazine, The only real downfall for me is the pattern sizes! I reckon in the future I would defo buy it for the sewing projects… I mean how many magazines give you full sized patterns!!



Simplicity 1621 – Muslin Vintage sheet

Hello again

I’ve just come back from a fitting with Mrs M

Simplicity 1621


It is for a wedding in August, and is going to be made in Bubblegum pink linen…


Isn’t it lovely…. I personally would never have chosen this colour, BUT I think it’s totally going to work with Mrs M. I think everyone knows what colour suits them. With the wool and button I’ve made a massive crochet flower….


What do you think?!?!?!?


So on to the muslin construction, I generally use vintage sheets to make up my muslin’s. They are pretty, and are easily bought from second hand shops AKA Thrift stores!


As ever, when i’m cutting out a pattern I take over the kitchen table! We all do that?!? RIGHT?!?!


A close up of the shoulder and sleeve.


The left shoulder….


The under arm seam and bust dart…..


The Hem…..


And here is Mrs M modelling the the font view….


And the back view…

So What alterations are required?!?! The pattern is cut out in a XL the bust darts are L and I have added 3/4 sleeves (They are from the jacket in the pattern) Due to the bust dart alteration, the shoulder straps are a mite too long also.

Next up

The real thing!


Hello there Wordpress, Formally My Handmadehappiness


** Waves Fanatically**

So this is the first post on WordPress, how exciting.. Some of you will recognize the older posts, as this was My Handmadehappiness in a former life! It took a lot of head scratching but I have decided that I will only be posting about sewing from now on, there were a few bumps in the road concerning my boys.


Solely Sewing

Those who know me, know there will be a bit of crochet thrown in here and there! I figured I will have more time to sew and want to concentrate my posts on that. I’m hoping you will come along for the journey…. If you don’t know me, then pop on over to the ABOUT page and have a wee read! If you fancy saying hi then there’s a CONTACT page too.

To say I’m a little giddy about my new blog adventure is a understatement! I have a few posts that I’m rearing to write up BUT the Batteries have ran out on my camera but, I will be getting new ones today, and shall be on my merry way…

And because I don’t do posts with no photo’s! I have this to share, I was asked to make 5 custom cushions. Maths not being my strong point, I had the seam ripper out a couple of times on the 2-tone cushions..



There’s some of this lovely fabric left so I’m gonna make a couple for my friend, she’s doing up her living room!


The fabric is from IKEA and the customer said it was a total steal!