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…

Maker lust list: 5 things for 2018

When taking some enforced rest (I had flu last week), then the only thing to cheer you up is your imagination. I tried Netflix, but I'd watched all the good stuff and, in any case, my eyes wouldn't stay open what with the strict curfew of sickness on my body.  Off to dreams... maker dreams.…

DIY Calder-style modern art mobile

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) is one of my favourite artists and arguably the king of hanging sculptures, or modern mobiles as they are often referred to (although, he has worked in many more mediums). I love the playfulness of his work and photos of Calder always seem to show a twinkle in his eye.…

Make your own luxury facial oil

Like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone (that's where the similarity ends), I am a convert to facial oils. And, while beauty counters will sell tiny bottles at £20 - £40 upwards, it can be very cheap and so SO simple to make your own - big plus if, like me, you're in a make-ation / gap…

UAL exhibition highlights: Glamorous swimwear from trashy beginnings

On first glance, it's hard to imagine the humble beginnings of BA Jewellery Design graduate Ruby Parker's luxurious swimwear and accessories. Her work, 'Wear what you waste', caught my eye when I attended the exhibition of students' work Central Saint Martins, part of University of the Arts (UAL) London. See if you can guess the items of household…