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.

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). Advertisements

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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. Advertisements

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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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The Cocoon Dress – Simple Sew patterns

I know, it has been a long time-no sew. It feels good to be back in sewing world! I have seen many lovely cocoon dresses made by other sewing bloggers and knew that I had to join in. This is … Continue reading

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Slovenia Postcard

Greetings from Lake Bled, Slovenia! Lake Bled is a beautiful lake in the Julian Alps. We booked our holiday via Inghams, the lakes and mountains holiday specialist. Here I am on Bled Island, which is a tiny, tear shaped island and can … Continue reading

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The Capable Wife

How hard it is to find a capable wife. She is worth far more than jewels. She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth. She is a hard worker, strong and industrious. She knows the value of everything she … Continue reading

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Cherry Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons

Yes, I admit it, I am a Cleo addict! I bought this dreamy cherry print denim and could not resist making another one. Thought this is my summer Cleo so I can justify making a third one. This light-medium weight … Continue reading

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A Cornwall Postcard

Here I am on a cliff and admiring the lovely view (my reward after a long climb) of Cornwall’s coast. A great walk of St Anthony’s Head (6.5 miles) which includes a coast path, cliffs, tidal creek, sailing boats and lighthouse. A steep … Continue reading

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Reversible Tabard Apron – Dottie Angel

  I am dotty about Dottie Angel’s apron dress/reversible tabard sewing pattern, Simplicity 8230. I have a pinafore/apron habit and this pattern is my latest fix! The Dottie Angel apron dress (view A) is on my list too. I love Dottie Angel’s vintage style … Continue reading

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Dreamy Denim Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons

I have been dreaming about making a denim Cleo. Though this is no ordinary denim – its a striking black/grey tie-dye print denim! I bought this fabulous fabric in M Rosenberg & Son which is a family-run business and my favourite fabric store. They have a wonderful … Continue reading

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The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show, 20-22 April 2017

I have been to The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at London’s Excel today. Its the place to discover ideas, inspiration and craft supplies. There were some wonderful exhibits too! My first stop was at the stall of M Rosenberg & Son which … Continue reading

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