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.

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). I bought this smart and stable double knit fabric (1.5m) from my favourite fabric supplier, M … Continue reading

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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. This book really appealed to … Continue reading

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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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Easter Sacred Art

Easter Blessings to you! I would like to share with you some Easter Sacred Art which I have discovered. All of the art was found in a church apart from the first painting which was found by Lake Garda. A painting … Continue reading

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Simple Tote Bag – Lauren Guthrie

When your handbag just isn’t big enough to carry the extra items you need, this bag comes in handy. It makes a great shopping bag too. A simple tote bag from the book Learn to Sew with Lauren which made use of … Continue reading

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Birds Cushion

Here is a Birds Cushion (envelope style) for my spare bedroom. It makes a nice change to make something for my home rather than to wear. I have used a green floral cotton fabric for the cushion and made two bird appliques which were … Continue reading

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Box Dress (D) Makeover – Stylish Dress Book

The fabric of my Box Dress is a lightweight wool/cashmere blend and I love the texture as its so soft. However, the grey colour of the dress and the relaxed fit, made me look dowdy (like a nun) so I decided to give it a makeover with some black … Continue reading

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Corduroy Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons

The Cleo pinafore/dungaree dress is my style of dress – versatile, comfortable and simple to make – so utility chic. I love the ‘all in one’ style of this dress with no waist seam, top pocket and front split. Tilly, this pattern is an … Continue reading

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