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.┬áSo, 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…

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,…

Me Made May: Grainline Lark Tee review & sew-a-long

It all started with a stack of washed out black H&M t-shirts. They were out of shape, stretched at the hems, shrunk at the arms, bobbly with hints of shiny cheap elastane as they stretched around my body. Not cool. I had this dream of the ideal t-shirt: Softest jersey, figure-skimming fit and a flattering…

Experiments in wine bottle cutting

I have long dreamed of making beautiful projects which upcycle the humble wine bottle into candle holders, plant holders and the like, however, until recently I've been stumped about how to cut bottles with professional-looking consistent results. Like (probably) you, I too searched the pages of Google for maker wisdom about the best way to…