The luxury stool: A deceptively simple upholstery project

I've always wanted a chaise longue. And yet, they are so desperately unpractical for today's minimalist living trends and tiny London apartments where space is at a premium. Any purchasing impulse would be quickly laid to rest by doing the 'where do I put it' / usefulness per square metre math....and our abodes would remain…

Kwik Sew 3875 bikini sew-a-long & tips for sewing lycra / Spandex #MMMay18

Ah, the difference a week makes. It was sunny, I didn't have an eczema flare-up and the pool was warming up nicely. So, it seemed the perfect timing to tackle the bikini sewing project that I've guilty had sitting in my to-do-pile for.....about 4 years. Yup, 4 years. Back then, it was harder to get lycra…

Me Made May: Ralph Pink O-Hara Harem pants sew-a-long

Once I had a pair of All Saints' harem jeans. I thought they were desperately cool and, bonus, they were so. so. so. very. comfortable. So much so, I wore them on a first date with Mr Reid. So, when I spotted the Ralph Pink O-Hara Harem pants pattern I had to make some as…

Tessuti Esther shorts review & top tips for sewing jacquard #MMMay18

You know how it is, I went into the fabric shop (an actual treasure trove of a find called Toto, in Nice) looking for practical plains and came out with a magpie-worthy stash. When I saw the multi-coloured jacquard (I think it's actually upholstery fabric), it was love at first sight...the texture...the colour.... and I…

My bake-off winning carrot & parsnip cake recipe

A few years ago when I dared to enter the Brighton Bake-off, I asked my husband what kind of cake he thought I should make. The answer was very fast: Carrot cake. His favourite. Rather than go down the well trodden path of the traditional carrot cake, I decided to put my own spin on…

DIY ultimate convertible infinity dress tutorial #MMMay18

This pattern is an ode to my beautiful bridesmaids who rocked my wedding almost 2 years ago today, wearing floor length Two Birds dresses. The dresses not only looked stunning, but they were comfortable thanks to the stretchy jersey fabric and the multiway convertible straps which could be tied any manner of ways to suit,…