Make Your Own Midori

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Midoris are amazing, best of all you can make your own! It took me a morning to finish mine and cost nothing as I used up lots of leftovers. The end result is so user-friendly. I can fill it with whatever I like, this is especially good for art lovers as you can include your favourite artist's papers.

To read more about how to make your Midori please visit our sister site Muse Attire



Summer Reading

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


One of the best aspects of being on holiday is working through your summer reading list. Now half way through mine, I simply had to share some of my favourites. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce is every bit as enchanting as her first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth.

My 2015 summer reading list:

  • Anything written by Rachel Joyce
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • Daughter, by Jane Shemilt

Feel free to share you book recommendations. Happy reading.


Designer Sewing Pattern

Friday, 29 May 2015

If you're looking for a truly stylish sewing pattern, visit Muse Attire. I know I'm biased, as I was one of the testers, but this is gorgeous!



Designer Sewing

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Here's what I've been working on at Muse Attire last month:

Sewing patterns; what’s the difference between a regular, commercial pattern and designer patterns? Wholesale commercial patterns reflect high street trends, allowing the home seamstress to recreate current fashions. Designer patterns don’t respond to trends; designer patterns are the result of a creative process. Since March, Muse Attire has posted glimpses into the research and design process behind their new pattern Grace. Obviously, a sewing pattern which is rooted in a creative process offers a distinctive style.

Home seamstresses are clearly creative individuals so they've rethought the pattern envelope itself. When we’re sewing at home, it’s a continuation of the creative process that started with the designer. When you purchase a pattern, you’re essentially taking on the project construction. To reflect this sense of process and project they’re sending their patterns out in a project folder rather than an envelope. An A4 card folder is also far more robust than flimsy paper envelopes which require the skill of origami to restore used patterns!


Create Your Own Sewing Pattern

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


If you're interested in designing your own sewing patterns, there's a great series of posts running on Muse Attire.


Design Focus

Saturday, 25 April 2015

You all know how much I love sewing but recently I've been lucky enough to work on a design project with Muse Attire. They're a fashion conscious pattern design company that aims to help the working woman create her own fashion identity.

It's been great to see the process behind pattern design; I had no idea how much creativity and work goes into research and design. After nearly a month of creative input, the drafting process has been equally fascinating. Watch this space for one of the most distinctive designs you'll see this year.

The experience has totally changed my sewing perspective; well worth a visit.


Not a Knitter?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Neither was I but I've been converted by this cosy aran cardigan.

Why I've fallen in love with knitting:
  • Knitting fits in with a busy life: I can knit for a few minutes in between cooking, marking essays and all the other daily tasks;
  • When I'm watching television, I often start snacking. This temptation never seems to arise if I'm knitting;
  • A pretty cardigan is the perfect accompaniment to all the summer dresses I sew.
As you can see below, I'm currently knitting a summer cardigan; I'll post on this once I've got a little further.