Strawberry peg bag

A beautifully hand-sewn peg bag was gifted to me by a friend some years ago, and is still going strong. Inspired by it, my second project from Sew! Cath Kidston was this, made for my mother’s birthday. She already has a strawberry laundry bag, so I knew this heavyweight Cath Kidston cotton would go down well. It also […]

Geranium school dresses

This dress! It’s what gave me the courage to dive into sewing, after dipping my toe in. Back when the Bee was just three years old, I came across the Geranium Dress pattern (Made By Rae). It was the first PDF sewing pattern I ever tried, and it turned out to be a good choice. With lovely photographs and […]

Two little Katie Morags

World Book Day at school! Which means everyone dresses up as a movie character, right? 🙂 The Bee, however, begged to be Katie Morag, the strong-willed little red-haired girl who lives on the fictional Scottish Isle of Struay in Mairi Hedderwick’s charming tales. Katie Morag is highly recognisable, as she almost always wears the same outfit: a cream knitted sweater with […]

Ice cream dress

This was the very first dress I made for the Smidge, but (like most everything I make) photographed and blogged months later! It’s my take on an Oliver + S classic: the Ice Cream Dress, here served up in shades of raspberry and vanilla. It’s had a lot of wear so rather inevitably, that pale pink yoke is […]

KCW: Lola Lotta dresses

It’s Kids Clothes Week! For those of you not yet in the know, KCW is a seasonal prompt to sew for your kids, one hour a day, for seven days. And then share what you’ve sewn. I’ve never taken part before, but this time the storybook theme and cute little logo were too much for me and besides, I’ve […]

Galloping Roller Skate Dress!

Isn’t this fabric lovely? It’s another of the talented Sarah Jane’s, called Summer Ride, in Seafoam. Although I never rode as a child, there’s something about these glowing colours, frolicsome ponies and blowsy meadows that’s so evocative of the heady freedom of happy childhood summers. I was just coming round to the idea of making an Oliver + S Roller Skate […]

Library dress, aka schooliform dress #2

Having bottled out of making the Oliver + S Library Dress some time ago, I’m pleased to say I did get around to making it – and of course, it wasn’t nearly so difficult as I’d feared. I used the same chambray-effect grey polycotton as the last school dress, an off-white calico for the waistband, […]

Child artwork teacher gifts

And suddenly, it was the last week of term. What to give the teachers? This year, the Bee’s reception class teachers had worked a miracle: our young-in-the-year daughter had developed from a fearful, overtired and overwhelmed little girl into one brimming with excitement and confidence. In no small measure, this was due to the kindness and encouragement […]