Sewing is Cheaper than Therapy!


A couple of years ago when my youngest child started nursery I was lamenting to a good friend about my worry at loosing my identity, her words will stay with me forever…….

I sew! Its way cheapr than therapy!

Who knew how right she was! I am never happier than when im arm deep in Fabrics and notions in my sewing space.  Its a space where I can go and completely clear my head. I am solely me there.

Over the years I have amassesd a lovely stash of fabric which makes me smile just thinking about it. When I go on holiday I look for little fabric stores and departments in the hope of finding that illusive Perfect Piece.


I have amassed a nice little stash of patterns, snips, threads and fabrics. I am no different to any other crafter. I am forever looking out for the beautiful prints I see on the blogs which flood my inbox day and daily.

My plan for this Blog is to review patterns, I think thats what I like to see on a sewing blog. Lots of photos of the final item too, along with a truthfull account of how each one came together.  So, I anticipate lots of rants and awkward photos of me in plus sized clothes. Hopefully there will be some helpful hints and information for my fellow amateur dress makers.

Looking forward to the stitches ahead………

Coming Up……….. I need my space!   A sneak peek at where the magic happens.

Sewing Space. · Thoughts.

I Need My Space!

sew room 1

Like so many sewists my sewing space is most definately my happy space. Sadly I dont have a dedicated room to sneak off too, four children and a partner who works partially from home means space is at a premium in our home. However, we have a large bright Sun room which is perfect to sew away the hours. Here, i’d love to share that space with you and show you ways to incorporate sewing space into your homes.

The Machines.

The most used pieces of kit I have are my sewing machine, my overlocker and my Iron. For this very reason they sit on a table all the time as currently they are used every day.

sew room 2

Its a circular table so can be pulled out from the wall and makes a perfect work station. However, since this room doubles as our dining room when we have people over for dinner my machines fit nicely into this ottoman and they are protected and secure.  A quick search on pinterest will also show you there are loads of lovely patterns for machine covers to protect your machines when not in use. I’ll get round to making one some day……..

Doris Dummy and the Stores.

Doris was one of the things I bought early on in my journey. She is a plus size adjustable dress form and I can adjust her shape depending on what I am working on. Shortly after I brought her home I padded out her Bust and Bottom and made a custom cover so I could fit garments more closely, It was tricky but I’m glad I persevered as It has made all the difference.

sew collage

My storage comes to me from IKEA. It was initially used as a room divider for my older two children when they shared a room but now they have their own rooms I have comandeered it for my fabulous fabrics and beautiful books. its the perfect size for my printer and my Steam pod too so again while its all close to hand its alos stored neatly and inconspicuously.

Last but not least.

My dining room table is thankfully a large one. I have it covered with a thick oilcloth cover to protect the beautiful wood underneath. Its the perfect size for working on and looks out over the garden so on sunny days I can open the double doors and I feel like Im sewing in the sun, although lets face it, this is the East Antrim Coast and sun is at a premium.  My Patterns are stored in plastic drawers except for the few PDF patterns I have which are folded into boxes. I would loce to sort something a bit more permanent for y patterns like a large filing cabinet so im watching my local buy a sell pages for those.

sew collage 3

I love looking at sewing spaces on Pinterest and instagram. Also the Curvy Sewing Collective have a great series running at the minute where all their contributers havr written posts letting us see their creative spaces. I know like me you will take comfort in the fact that lots of them share their space with family and you may even get tips about storage and organising your own spaces.

Curvy Sewing Collective – Sewing Spaces

Coming Up…………..

“Its Getting Hot In Here”

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Blog Tour · Independant Pattern House · Pattern Review

Just Like a Willow

designer stitch colourDesigner Stitch………Blog Tour.

Willow Kimono

This week the independent Pattern house Designer Stitch are celebrating their one year anniversary. To share the celebrations with their customers they are offering 50% off all their current pattern range.



The patterns you will find here are totally wearable, come with easy to follow instructions and have a fantastic size range.

I have been lucky enough to join the Designer Stitch Anniversary Tour, If you look at the end of this post you will see links to all the other contributors on the tour. You can get a real feel for how the patterns look once they have been made up by real people!

I have chosen the Willow Kimono. Being a British size 18 (USA 16/AU size 18) I have some parts of my figure id rather cover up……….My Bingo wings (ARMS) These Kimonos are perfect for covering up the Arms and if they are made in a light billowy fabric they will not add bulk and can keep you cool on balmy summer days………Yes, sometimes we get “Balmy weather” in Northern Ireland.

front view kimono

I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it. there are three hemline variations which will suit absolutely any occasion. I choose the curved hem, It is a a perfect length to cover any lumpy behinds but not so long as to swamp a more petite frame.  My bust measurement suggested I should have cut a size 7. However I measured the actual pattern pieces and decided Id cut a size 4.Its a perfect fit and I’m glad I down sized.

I used a Chiffon fabric in a soft pink with water painted flowers on it. I wanted a soft billowy silhouette and chiffon is the perfect choice. I sourced the fabric from a great Belfast store who historically stocked curtain and upholstery fabrics but now are stocking more and more dress making fabrics.Mad About Fabrics.

The French seams used in the construction of this piece are beautiful and make for a really well finished item

french seems

I thoroughly enjoyed this project and look forward to making some more Designer Stitch Pieces.

back view kimono

Here is a list of all the other fab Bloggers taking part in this tour. Take a look at how some of them have interpreted this pattern and other patterns in the collection.


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