My 2017 Colour Review

I always thought I was a “Pink” person but looking at my wardrobe I have made very few pink items lately. 

I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at what I have made so far this year to see if there was a theme in terms of colours I consistently choose.

I’ll never be decisive enough to have a ‘capsule’wardrobe but I do think to hone in on a few new colours for each season helps keep everything concise and helps with outfit building a lot. 

And my colours for this year so far it seems have been red, ochre and navy, not exclusively, but in the most part!

I made:

Red trousers

Navy bikes print Bettine

And shorts..

A simple tee in red and white stripes

Navy based birds print sun dress

A Denim Bettine

A Yellow, black and white bikes print gathered skirt 

My red satin Dressmakers Ball skirt 

A Denim Cleo Pinny- worn with my favourite Ochre cardi 

A red wool coat

A self- drafted pinny dress in navy and white check with a pop of red and bright blue. 

A navy polkadot Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress with a contrast tomato red pocket- I have worn this to death already!

Navy and white Roxanne blouse worn here with my Ochre Morris Blazer and coordinating man-friend! 

I’ve got my eye on these lovely fabrics from the Crafty Sew&So shop for my next lots of “on-palette” makes:

Mustard ponti Roma 

Navy with tan spots bonded jersey

Red with white blossoms crinkle georgette

But what to make next… 

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A mustard Morris blazer

In case you hadn’t noticed I have a bit of a thing about Ochre/mustard/yellow in general at the moment!

Not only am I a big fan of richer shades of yellow in my clothing choices at the mo, Matt and I have decided to go for sunshine yellow shades with deep red, orange and navy for our wedding colour palette too!

I’ll never be decisive enough to have a ‘capsule’wardrobe but I do think to hone in on a few new colours for each season helps keep everything concise and helps with outfit building a lot. And my colours for this year so far have been red, ochre and navy.

So when this beautifully soft mustard loop back terry came into the Crafty Sew&So shop I decided to make the Morris blazer by Grainline studios from it.

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It is perfect for an un-lined jacket as it’s super soft on the inside and outside. The pattern isn’t specifically for stretch fabric but it is quite a snug fit in the arms so suits a stable heavier weight knit well. I’d recommend measuring the sleeve pattern and your bicep to compare before cutting this out.

The pattern isn’t specifically for stretch fabric but it is quite a snug fit in the arms so suits a stable heavier weight knit well. I’d recommend measuring the sleeve pattern and your bicep to compare before cutting this out.

I made a size 10 (Us size) and lengthened the sleeves to full length. Other than that I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern

I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the facing panel and stay tape in the shoulder seam.

I love that this jacket feels as comfy as a cardi but smart and business-like. The colour is fun and goes with so many things in my wardrobe.

I wouldn’t change anything about this make! I want to make myself another one in navy next for winter.

I’ve enjoyed wearing it on many occasions already including my friend’s Birthday BBQ party. I wore it with my lovely Roxanne top which I made in gauzy navy and whit warrior cotton. I must make another one of these too, it’s so cool! 

Bicycle Bettine

I decided I wanted a nice casual spring to summer dress that would go with a lot of the colours they currently have in my wardrobe. I’m really taken by navy and yellow for this spring with the usual sprinkling of red and pink. I chose a Dashwood studios cotton quilting fabric with super cute bikes print on. It’s the second bike printed fabric I’ve picked up this year – a bit mad as I don’t even own a bike and haven’t ridden one in several years but I like the vintage nostalgia of these cute prints!


I previously made the Tilly and the Buttons betting dress in a fluid viscose which draped well and I wanted to try making this pattern in a slightly stiffer cotton fabric for a more casual trans-seasonal look.

I am very happy with the scooped neckline and the overall fit.

I feel if I had used slightly narrower elastic at the waist it might be a bit more comfortable.


I think it goes really well with my Ochre Morris Blazer!

Pretty birds travel maxi dress

I picked up a fab bird print fabric from the fancy silk store in Birmingham a few months back and I’d been looking for the perfect style to use it for ever since. It’s a really unusual lightweight non-crease fabric which needs more exploring…

It looks a bit like a crepe de chine  but on further inspection it turns out to be a very lightweight polyester and elastane mix fabric which has the look of a microfibre with the feel of an activewear or swimsuit fabric – very odd but absolutely perfect for travel dress as it’s super cool, scrunches up to nothing and needs absolutely no ironing! I made it just in time for our recent trip to Dinard in France along with my Pantalon Rouge! When traveling with hand luggage only it’s all about the non-crease, stretch fabrics!

Following in the footsteps of my sewing friend Jess, I decided to (kind of) jump on the bandwagon of the pillowcase dress after seeing her lovely version.

Who doesn’t love a 1 hour dress!

But of course I’m never one for keeping things simple, so rather than creating a channel to thread a draw string through to create the straps as shown in this fab Melly Sews tutorial, I decided to make life more complicated and rouche the front and back with gathering stitches then finished this off with self binding and little ties at the shoulder. It took a bit longer than the tutorial version but I really like the finished effect. 

It’s nice and cool worn loose but I loved it with a sparkly belt for a bit of holiday glamour! 

It was a bit chilly at night in Dinard so I’m glad I had this lime green cropped cardi already which goes really well.


Happy sewing!

Sarah x

Les pantalon rouge

I’m just back from a few days of French Adventures with Matt. We went for a lovely little break to Dinard (don’t worry, nobody else has heard of it either) in Brittany, North France. We bagged a bargain flight for £35 and an air BnB set us back the princely sum of £150 between us for 3 nights leaving a few euros for lots of delicious food and vin rouge! 


Even though it was a short trip I jumped on the excuse to make a few new items of clothing to wear on my hols. 

I picked up a fab bird print fabric in Birmingham a few months back and I’d been looking for a reason to use it ever since. I’ll write a bit more about this in a future post as it’s a really unusual lightweight non-crease fabric which needs more exploring… 

This trip was also a fantastic excuse to finally crack my nemesis- Trousers! 

And what better than a pair of jolly nautical red pantalons for my Vacances sur la mer! 


I have used the Sew Over It ultimate trousers pattern several times now and even after making several fit amendments post cutting out I’ve never been 100% happy with the final fit.

This might also have something to do with the fabrics I choose for my first 2 pairs- the first being a navy star printed stretch cotton which faded terribly and shrunk with each wash- after 3 washes they were grey, bobbly and ankle length – and pair 2 which I made from pink cotton sateen which started the day with some stretch but this disappeared throughout the day meaning by lunch I ended up with slouchy mum-pants and by the evening they looked like jogging bottoms (so I was informed by my wonderfully honest friend Emma!) 
So this time I decided to do this the right way. I used high quality cotton twill with elastane from out shop. It has brilliant stretch return and was a dream to work with. I made up the pattern in a size 14 as before but when I got to the side seams I basted these and tried on the trousers for fit. I then pinched, tucked marked, unpicked, re-pinned and sewed nearly every seam and dart to achieve the perfect fit. 


My fit amends included taking in 2cm at the top of the inside leg seam making the crotch scoop less dramatic and the rise shorter, taking in 5mm at each side seam above the hip to the waist, taking in the waist  darts, shifting the seam below the knee to pull it toward the back of my leg, and adding a waistband. I then did what I hadn’t done before and traced off the pattern and applied the changes to paper. 

I also added extra length but I’m still not sure I added enough. They are just a smudge short still. 

I finished the hems and waistband with hand stitching on the plane of the way over. It kept me out of mischief! I closed the waistband with a trouser hook and bar. 

One thing I didn’t do with this pair was trim anything so the larger previous seam allowances are still all inside making the seam quite bulky so I’ll trim these away and refinish the seams before I wear these again. 

Overall I’m pretty happy with these now. 

I just want to add some more length.  And maybe some pockets. Roll on pair number 4! 

Happy sewing! 

Sarah x

Wedding fair fun at Bawdon Lodge Farm

Yesterday I was at Bawdon Lodge Farm wearing 2 hats! As well as attending as a punter taking the chance to soak up the a wealth of inspiration at this fantastic fair, I was there with my crafty stall letting everyone know about the fab hen parties and events we have to offer at Crafty Sew&So.


I was in the pop up shop area along with a host of lovely makers and wedding suppliers including Florence and Bow, Tickety Boo, Burleighs gin, Polly and me, mi +my and Ruby Lous treat co. 

My neighbours for the day mi+my made very cute mini wooden teepee table centre pieces and shared some top Instagram and wedding tips with me over the day too! I was asked by the lovely owner of Bawdon Lodge Lyn Bailey, to make some bunting to decorate the teepee. I made it using craft foam and I’m really happy with how it turned out – plus it was super easy. I’ll definitely be making some more of this for future events and maybe my wedding. 


We’ve had lots of interest in party packages for ladies looking for something a little different to do for their hen dos and other celebrations. 

Here’s a small selection of some of the projects suitable for parties.
To find out more about our party packages take a look at our parties page HERE

Having recently booked my wedding venue, Waltham on the Wolds village hall, I enjoyed picking up a few ideas and some lovely inspiration from the fair. This simple cutout lettering frame is really lovely and I love these cut out lettering cake toppers by Polly and me. Owner Ali is lovely and (as well as being very kind and letting me borrow her phone charger for the day,) she told me about her calligraphy workshops which I’m really interested in checking out. 


The tables in the main teepee were styled by Tara from Tickety Boo events. I love all the green foliage on this dressed table which sits really well on the pine slatted trestle tables. 

She used a marbled paper table runner, an effective way to display the wedding breakfast menu. 


These gorgeous blooms in the bar area confirmed our colour palette of orange and yellow in my mind

I also enjoyed some very yummy tasters from Thomas the Caterer and look forward to finding out more about what they have to offer. 

All in all it was a great day talking to lovely people and spreading the Crafty vibes a little bit further to a brand new weddingy audience whailst soaking up a bit of inspiration myself too! 

Happy Sewing! 

Sarah x

Two new Vlogs up on YouTube

Hi guys! I’ve just popped 2 new Vlogs up on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOhQ5DS8VtSZiSa0-1ooSDw

The first is a little insight into why I’ve decided to start Vlogging…


… And the second is a roundup of my makes this year so far and my making plans from March onwards including some of my #Make9 plans

I’ve got some pretty hefty projects on the go including a Kellie coat by Closet Case patterns, a pretty Indian style quilt and a few stash busters too!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah x

I made a vlog! 

I decided it was about time I had a go at vlogging. My first vlog is a (slightly shaky and poorly edited) guided tour around my craft room ably assisted by Ollie of course!

It’s a bit chocker at the moment! I could really do with some advice about how to get more organised and get more out of my craft time so all hints and tips very welcome! Take a look at the first vlog on my new YouTube channel…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOhQ5DS8VtSZiSa0-1ooSDw

Happy sewing! 

Sarah x

A Raspberry Cleo

I’m pretty sure that everybody in the sewing world is making a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo right now! 


So I thought I’d have a go too! 

I used this gorgeous cotton elastine cord in a lush rasberry pink. It’s the kind of fabric that looks even better after washing and plumps right up. 


I’ve loved this cord from day one of opening the shop and we have it in navy, red and brown too. It’s available in the crafty online shop at http://www.Craftysewandso.com. I made a lovely Grainline Moss skirt in the navy a couple of years ago which is an absolute staple in my wardrobe. I really must make another one in a different colour.

I also matched the perfect colour from our Metler threads range. I’ve become more fussy with my threads recently after failing miserably several times with cheap thread and a twin needle then finding the immediate satisfaction of a first time win using the higher quality thread.

There’s a fair bit of topstitching on the style so this makes matching the colour even more important. I would say if you can’t get an exact colour match go for a shade darker for this make. 

I tried out the triple stitch on my machine which creates a thicker  looking topstitch effect without having to buy a separate thread


 I lengthened the stitch to 3.5 and I’m pretty happy with the look of this.

Make was pretty straightforward following Tilly’s brilliantly concise instructions. Having read a few previous pattern reviews of the style I took advice and stay stitched the curved edges before making up the dress. 

And here’s the finished result. 

It was nice quick make and I’m glad that I got on the bandwagon and had a go but I don’t think the style really suits me. I don’t think shape of the skirt and the roomy waist really flatter my pearshaped figure. 

Having said this I do want to go ahead and make some tweaks to the pattern and remake the style. I plan to take in the waist and little and flare out the skirt slightly to create a more a line shape. I think I’ll have a go at making this up in some of the stretch denim we have in store and go to town on the contrast topstitching and hardware including proper dungaree buckles. I think one single pocket at the bust will also be more flattering on me. 

In the meantime I’m making another Cleo in bright pink cord for my friend emily’s birthday present- I gave her a choice of styles including the Grainline Moss skirt and the Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt and she went for the Cleo pinny dress. At least I’ve had a trial run! 

The above 3 photos are courtesy of The New Craft House, Tilly and the Buttons and Grainline Studio

Happy sewing! 

Sarah x

My Make 9 for 2017- sewing plans (in motion!) 

So I’m pretty late to the party but here’s my #makenine for 2017 and I’ve kinda cheated as I’m half way through a few of them but never the less here’s my plans for the next month or so!

1. Jelly roll strip blanket – with kantha hand embroidery (this one might take all year!)

I got this gorgeous Craft Cotton Co. textured plains jellyroll as a Christmas pressie and then found the Indian garden jellyroll which includes some of the colours and tones in beautifully, also by The Craft Cotton Co.


I really enjoyed the Bollywood theme last years Barefoot festival I’d love to bring a bit of the vibrancy into our home and garden

2. A comfy Rosie bralet to go with my Evie La Luve Bella panties (New favourite obsession!) Check out her gorgeous patterns and kits on Etsy


3. My third Sewaholic Granville shirt – nailed the cuff plaque it this time! I’m hoping to make a fourth this year as a shirt dress pattern hack

4. I will finally use the gorgeous printed liberty silk I bought four years ago in simple and classic style  (Yes the one I mentioned in my stash using up blog post a year ago!)

5. Swiped the last 2.5 m of our red based printed floral cotton for a Summery Sewaholic Nicola dress

6. The images online for the cloth kits vintage tea dress do you not do it justice at all. I’m making it out of a super drapey double crêpe in teal

One of my customers made it in this fab polkadot and cherry print at the weekend


6. After making a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo for me (more on that in my next blog post), I’m totally ripping off lovely Rosie from The New Craft House and making one in bright pink cord for my friend Emily

8. This one is going to be a bit of a labour of love! I’m making a Kelly cagoule with all the trimmings including a removable faux shearling lining – wish me luck!

9. I will FINALLY Make up my second pair of Closet Case patterns Ginger jeans which I have had cut out since February 2015!!!

Better get sewing hey!

Sarah x