How good are box pleats?! My favourite dress brand, Review, uses them in many of their full-skirted designs, and I think they add such a lovely, neat touch. Gathering skirts is one thing, but pleats are just so tidy and classy. And in a short little skirt like this one, lots of fun, too! Of … Continue reading Stripes! A self-drafted pleated skirt
It's a delightful sunny Saturday morning in Autumn, it's finally cooling down enough to wear a jumper inside, I have a cup of tea, and it's about time I posted some long-awaited blog updates. So, hi! So, if you Google "Sewaholic Hollyburn" you'll find a plethora of bloggers and seamstresses who have reviewed and discussed … Continue reading A Herd of Hollyburn Skirts, or the Internet’s favourite skirt pattern ever
This is one of my favourite and most-worn dresses to date. It's feminine, comfy, good quality fabric, perfectly fitting, and meticulously sewn! I made the dress to wear to a wedding last Spring and it has since seen a number of parties, meetings with dressmaking clients, dinners, photo shoots and even just shopping days or … Continue reading A Spring wedding, or Burda Young 7308 #2
I dream of a clutter-free life. My husband is the same. In our home, we are constantly aiming to make as little mess as possible and get rid of things we don't use. I am not a person who gets emotionally attached to "things" so this is usually easy for me. This year I have … Continue reading Sensible sewing: destashing and tangible planning
You guys, I made a piece of man's clothing. An actual real-life garment that he wore in public and everything! Here is how it happened. A year ago, when my husband (then-fiance) and I were shopping around for his suit for our wedding, we couldn't find one within our budget that came with a matching … Continue reading Sewing for him: the wedding vest
Hello! (Yes, omg, an actual blog post!) Today's post is about an outfit I made for my bridal shower back in May last year (I know, belated, but who isn't terrible at keeping their blog updated when they have Instagram 😉 ). This was the next item I made for myself after the wedding dress. … Continue reading The Bridal Shower Outfit, or Burda Young 7308
Happy New Year, folks! I've set myself a rather bold goal this year, among other sewing goals which shall be in a different post, but here is the main one (which I feel a bit nervous to actually announce but here it is): Do not buy any clothes. Eep! That's right! I have been thinking … Continue reading Buy no more… can I do it?
Hi, sewing folks! I'm just about ready to upgrade my machine and I would love your input :). My clunky little Brother BM 2600 machine has been okay so far, but it's probably seven years old now and coming to the end of its life; it's rather bottom-of-the-range and I'm really starting to notice its … Continue reading Choosing a new sewing machine – your opinion?
Hello, fellow sewers. Hopefully a bit of discussion post here: what do you do - dress for fashion, or dress to what suits you? A combination of both? And what do you make? Do you plan your handmade items? I was cleaning out my wardrobe earlier today and started noticing the types of clothes I … Continue reading Thoughts on colour palettes, planning, and sensible sewing
Honestly, the number of things that went wrong whilst making this dress, urgh! Originally I was going to write about them all in detail, but who wants to read about problems? Instead, have some piccies of a happy girl in an (eventually) successful creation (thanks to my handsome husband for the photos): The pattern is … Continue reading The Troublesome Dress, or Cynthia Rowley 1873