Author Archives: Caroline

About Caroline

I am a sewing/dressmaking/travel enthusiast and blogger who loves modern Japanese style and vintage inspired style. I also like to travel/visit places of interest, countryside walks and photography.

Retro Bralette – Butterick B6031

Its time for a beautiful bralette (polka dot), using a stretch jersey fabric and stretch lace, finished with a cute bow. The difference between this one and my striped bralette is that I have used thin bra straps instead of stretch lace and … Continue reading

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Retro Headband

This heat wave requires a suitable sewing project – a handy retro headband which is great for using up pretty scraps of cotton fabric. I have added a vintage buckle which gives it a slightly sixties style. I do like … Continue reading

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Bralette – Butterick B6031

How many women out there find it extremely uncomfortable to wear a standard bra? I do! It actually hurts me. I have found various websites which list comfortable alternatives to wearing a bra as there are other women with the same dilemma. … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Cruise

I have returned from a lovely cruise of the Mediterranean (the Greek Islands and Malta) on board P&O’s cruise ship, Oceana. Took my Pretty Pleats Bag (above) – its great for taking on holiday. Cruising is a wonderful way to visit many … Continue reading

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Dress Shoulder Ruffle Modification

I bought a dress from John Lewis (to save time, of course) and decided to make a shoulder modification, as I plan to wear this dress during the evening on a cruise. I did not like the plain and boring black … Continue reading

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Fabric Birds – Sew! Book by Cath Kidston

These fabric birds were made as a gift for my baby Godson, to hang in his bedroom. My friend, his mother, was delighted with the gift. Pretty soft furnishing fabric was used. A ribbon was used to join the birds together … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday. A beautiful sculpture scene of the risen Christ. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, … Continue reading

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Slideshow Favourites

Here are my favourite makes. Do you have one?

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Cocoon (Denim) Jacket – Sew Different

I did it again! A cocoon, that is. Only this time it is a denim version for Spring/Summer, following my wool Cocoon Coat. It is rather smart for a denim jacket, don’t you think? The sewing pattern is the Cocoon Jacket by Sew … Continue reading

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Cocoon Coat – Sew Different

Finally, I have made a winter coat, which has been on my  to sew-list for a long time! The Cocoon silhouette really appealed to me and I chose the Cocoon jacket by Sew Different, though I have made it as a coat as it is … Continue reading

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A Birthday Beret – Hope, Make, Heal Book

Happy New Year! A relative of mine had seen my beret during Christmas and hinted to me that she would like one. As it will be her birthday next month, I thought it would make a lovely gift. This beret is … Continue reading

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Boxy Pincushion

I hope you had a Merry Christmas! I had the desire to sew a small, simple and satisfying project, after the busy Christmas festivities, and this boxy pincushion was perfect. During the Christmas holidays last year, I had made a couple of pretty pincushions (cupcake … Continue reading

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Christmas Blessings

May your Christmas be filled with peace, love and joy! An embroidered banner of the Madonna and Child. Beautiful! Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 A lovely, heart-warming Christmas advertisement (still picture … Continue reading

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Classic Cap/Beret – Hope Make Heal Book

Its another satisfying stash busting project. I do love hats and chose to make the cap/beret from the book, Hope Make Heal (20 Crafts to Mend the Heart) by Maya Pagan Donenfeld. In the book it is referred to as the ‘Wise Cap’ because … Continue reading

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Button Wrap Scarf – Simplicity 8036

The weather here is turning chilly which means that its time to sew some wonderful winter warmers! Simplicity 8036  Misses’ Knit Cold Weather Accessories (slouchy hats, headband, scarf, cowl and boot toppers) from Elaine Heigl for knits only. I made the scarf (view … Continue reading

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Dressy Waistcoat – Sewing World magazine (Pattern House)

A dressy (knee length) waistcoat which is a departure from my usual casual and comfortable style. This sewing pattern is an exclusive design for Sewing World magazine (issue 260).

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Vintage Style Hat

What do you do with remnant fleece fabric from a couple of  stylish wraps? Make vintage style hats, of course. Perfect! I have made the purple hat (with a stretch trim on the brim) as a gift for a relative and she was delighted … Continue reading

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Stylish Wraps Book – Yoshiko Tsukiori

Another lovely Japanese sewing book has been added to my collection – Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori. (the author of Stylish Dress Book). Ponchos, Capes, Coats and More – Fashionable Warmers That Are Easy To Sew.

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The GBSB Show at the Excel, 21-24 September 2017

I had a wonderful time at The Great British Sewing Bee show at the Excel, London. The highlight was watching a challenge with the sewing bee finalists of the incredibly talented Chinelo, Tamara and also Tree of Stitchless. The challenge was to … Continue reading

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Bolero Cardigan/Shrug (#2) – Simply Sewn Book

Can you believe it? A garment that I have made which is not blue! I know that I need to be more adventurous with my colour choices. This bolero cardigan/shrug was made from the Japanese sewing book of Simply Sewn: clothes for … Continue reading

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