A sewing hiatus (or how to sew when you can’t sew)

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone – in my case, I didn’t know I loved my tiny sewing space in the corner of the bedroom until we moved.

Yes, it was small. And, yes, I got threads and tiny bits of fabric all over the bed. But I haven’t had a sewing space to call my own since, and so I can’t help but miss that messy little corner.

As we’ve still got a living room and dining room to paint (and our new cat/sewing helper is currently living in what should be my sewing room), I haven’t even had so much as a sewing desk since we moved in in June – until, that is, I decided that enough was enough and I was no longer content with scrolling through Instagram for sewing inspiration while my machine was packed away. I just had to sew. Continue reading “A sewing hiatus (or how to sew when you can’t sew)”


Exciting News from Colette Patterns

Colette Seamwork

Aside from a few popular titles such as Mollie Makes, Love Sewing and Sew, sewing and craft magazines can, in my experience, be a little twee and uninspiring – since Cloth magazine left the newsstands, there’s very little out there that focuses on trend-led, fashion sewing. This is soon to be rectified, though, thanks to Colette Patterns, who will be launching a digital magazine in December called Seamwork.

Borne from founder Sarai’s need for quick yet challenging projects, each issue will come with two downloadable digital patterns that can each be completed in three hours or less – including useful wardrobe items like knitwear, accessories, lingerie, loungewear, bags and beautiful basics – along with in-depth articles on new sewing techniques, embellishment ideas and fabric guides, plus top tips from designers. The great news is, it’s going to be affordably priced, and anyone will be able to read the magazine (although only subscribers will have access to the patterns).

I can’t wait for the first issue – if you fancy a sneak peek, you can sign up to the mailing list (word is there’s some behind-the-scenes info and pattern previews in store for those who sign up).