Christmas is a time for giving… Mondays in January are not!

I don’t give gifts to receive gifts, and I get as much pleasure in making nice things for nice people as they do (hopefully) in receiving them! Selfish I know! So this year again I wanted to make as many gifts as I could.

Not having little people of my own at the moment I do love making clothes and toys for my friend’s kids.

This year I made…

These cute little pjs with a cool retro cars print

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Matching pinny dresses in mermaid cotton and denimphoto 4.JPG

A tractor print shirt for a green fingered little boy

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A Santa mat for my cousin’s little girl (my second cousin?) The design is by Tracy Corns who teaches and does embroidery demos at Crafty Sew&SoIMG_4907

A sweet little mermaid printed heart shaped bag personalised with an ‘E’ for ElizaIMG_4903

A fab checked bow tie which I gave with a mini magic kit for a young magician’s apprentice!1052720_10153328619992108_5966946764751564182_oIMG_4910

The grown ups didn’t miss out either, I made…

A cape for my mum (modelled by my friend Bekki who works with us in the shop)IMG_4929

An embroidered teatowel for Dad and one for a family friend and one for my Aunt and UncleIMG_4906IMG_4886

Embroidered hankies- the edges were finished using a rolled hem stitch on the overlocker and I embroidered them on ‘the Beast’! You’ll no doubt meet ‘the Beast’ in later posts but it’s safe to say it is the best machine I’ve ever had the pleasure of using- A Brother Innovis V5 super dooper embroidery machine which we have on Demo at the shop.IMG_4912.JPG

A fun embroidered pendant1935571_10153327811942108_7368191053778699260_n

A smart wine bottle waistcoat for the pouring of the Christmas day vino!10277043_10153153421446432_4592981911461728855_n.jpg

A patchwork bed runner/cuddle blanket backed with snuggly dimple fleece for my sisterphoto 5

Cosy brushed cotton PJ bottoms, napkins and a ‘make your own’ tie kit for my boyfriend, Matt.

A remote control holder in this fab scrabble print fabric for a family friendIMG_4969

Comfy wrap fabric slippers for my best friend Chloe who I am visiting at the moment in London

These simple with useful tissue holders which I wrote a tutorial on for our Crafty Sew&So BlogIMG_4962

A dressing gown for Matt’s mumIMG_4934

And some pretty fabric slippers for my friend Emma who is the only person I know with size 3 feet!


I also made Matt a mini stocking advent calendar which I filled with lots of running nutrition bars… and some other treats too! I’ve told him it’s his turn to fill it next year!IMG_4707

It was also 2 of my best friend’s Birthdays in the run up to Christmas so I made Kerry a soft brushed cotton shawl with a pencil brooch as she’s an architect


And I decided mum of 3 Amy needed a bit of pampering so I made her a soft ponte roma dressing gown (I really wanted to keep this one!)IMG_4779

Phew, I feel tired just writing that list!

And that is why January is my Selfish Sewing month- maybe February will be too!

Matt bought me the best gift any sewing enthusiast could wish for – Fabric! I also got some lovely patterns and Chinelo’s new freehand fashion book which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into.


 I made the soft and slinky ponte roma he gave me into a smart shift dress for New Year which I also wore for my friend’s hen do in London this weekend


 I’ve made a little boxy jacket to go with it since and I can’t wait to wear them together on smarter (warmer!) days in the shop.

I also got some lovely washed lightweight denim which I’ve washed ready to use but I’m still deciding what to make with it – I’m always tempted to make over complicated garments to ‘challenge’ myself but the clothes I like to wear are often very simple so I’m thinking a semi fitted tunic style dress would be a good addition to my everyday handmade wardrobe.

My Sew Over It stretch jacquard trousers made last week made their debut in the shop last week and held up well (literally)! They were a little baggy by the end of the day so I’m going to wash them to see if they shrink back then maybe take them in a bit. This seems to be a problem I always have with trousers, any tips anyone?

I’m heading back from London this afternoon and we’re hosting the Leicester Ladies WI group at the shop tonight so I probably won’t get chance to do much sewing today but I’ll enjoy a bit of origami using the free kit from this month’s Mollie Makes on the train home and dedicate a bit of tomorrow to sewing rather than chores!

Happy Sewing!


Monday is my Sunday

Hi, welcome to my new blog!

Working in a lovely sewing shop is my dream job, I love teaching others how to sew and I totally love the buzz of retail. Tracking down that specialist trim for a customer, matching a pattern to the perfect fabric or helping to find the perfect gift for a loved one makes me feel great!

But what happens when your hobby becomes your day job? I love my job so it’s all too easy to dedicate all my time to the business but this just isn’t healthy- everyone needs “me” time!

So writing this blog is my way of making sure that I take a bit of time to do my own personal creative projects.  Working weekends means that Monday and Tuesday are my weekends. So I’ve decided from now on Monday is my Sunday- my funday!

One of the things I have found about having limited time off is the need to make the most of it. Of course there’s all the regular chores and life admin to get through but that’s what Tuesdays are for!

I plan to structure my Mondays as so… after a reasonable and much needed lie in I’ll do a bit of sewing in the morning, blog at lunch then sew some more or start another creative project in the afternoon. Whilst wearing my amazing Cypriate pompom slippers and a onesie of course…

I started today as I mean to sew on by making a fab pair of Sew Over It “ultimate trousers” in stretch black jacquard fabric ready for my friend’s hen do next weekend. This is the 3rd pair of ultimate trousers I’ve made and I think I’ve finally nailed the fit. I’m really happy with how they look and will try to get a pic of me wearing them next weekend to share with you.

This afternoon I’m going to make a start on a project that I’ve been itching to sew for a long time now – a Colette Hawthorne peplum blouse in this amazing swan print cotton.

 I squirrelled away this fabric from the first order of fabrics we bought for the shop as I knew I had to make something out of it! It’s taken me a while to make that happen but today is the day!

Happy sewing everyone!

Sarah x