Retail Therapy on the Sewing front!

Hello, Hello!

How is everyone?

I’ve been busy busy. With the new job, I’ve not had much time for anything other than sewing and housework and trying to find the balance between the 2.

But today I was flicking through the albums on my phone & computer and seen, I have heaps of posts waiting to be composed. So in true style lets kick off with some of my SHOPPING  finds!!

So books I’ve wanted these books FOREVER, so bit the bullet and ordered them!


Patten Magic~ Tomoko Nakamicchi



Pattern magic 2~ Tomoko Nakamicchi


Drape Drape~ Hisako Sato


Drape Drape 2~ Hisako Sato

I can’t wait to get my hands on these little beauties! I already know what my next books will be! ADDICTED MAYBE! So… go on let the cat out the bag, what book could you not live without?!?!? I’m a massive fan of The Art of Manipulating Fabric~ Collette Wolff. I may need to buy a new bookshelves soon!

I didn’t just stick to buying books…. I bought a few sewing machine feet! Because you can never have too many!


Look at them in their lovely wee box!

So what did I get for my measly £17.06

~Walking Foot

~Darning / Embroidery Foot

~Button Sewing Foot

~Button Hole Foot

~Blind Hem Foot

~Low Shank Adaptor

~High Shank Adaptor

~Gathering Foot

~Narrow Hem Foot

~Satin Stitch / Applique Foot

~All-Purpose Foot

~Cording Foot

~Zipper Foot

~Quarter Inch Foot

~Overcasting Foot

And al in a Tailor-Made Storage Case bargain huh!

I also picked up this up too..


This is a Bias Binding foot…. Have you ever seen one?!? It’s a first for me, Bias binding is not my forte, and if it’s any good it’s a welcomed addition! Have you ever used one? Does it work for you?

That’s not all my shopping either!

I have been back on Craftsy


So what did I pick up this time?

Sew Designer Jeans ~ Angela Wolf

Jean-ius ~ Kenneth D King

Designing Details : Pockets ~ Kenneth D King

I can’t wait to get the time to start these… I think my craftsy classes have become a new addiction! A bit like my fabric stash! I am slowly getting through my serging class.. Well worth the money I say!

So what have you been buying on the sewing front recently?

Do share!



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!!