Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Storytelling from an Original Point of View

This is an amazing student film that I worked on with my level 4 students on the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design at the Arts Institute Bournemouth. Please like and share to help us reach 10,000 views on YouTube. It even made the Daily Mail!

Monday, 30 March 2015

PDF patterns £1.99 for Easter!

All my PDF patterns are £1.99 on Etsy this week and next for Easter! Drop by and purchase some ��

Saturday, 14 March 2015

African wax print dress #3

I cut this pattern using an existing dress I have. I loved the shape and used fabric I  bought in Ghana. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

PDF vintage dress pattern

New pdf 1950s-inspired dress pattern for sale on Etsy:

Sunday, 15 February 2015

1940s Hat

Made this gorgeous hat recently. Learnt to block felt and buckram. Pretty chuffed with this- just need to add decoration 

Wrapover dress pdf pattern giveaway

I've been designing some vintage dresses based on 1950s garments and sewing patterns. This is a wrap over dress that fastens at the waist with a button. It's really easy to make and I will be launching a pdf pattern on Etsy in the next few weeks. I will be giving away 3 patterns. Comment below to enter the giveaway! 


My lovely mum bought me a singer featherweight yesterday- totally spoilt and totally in love! The attachments are awesome and make easy work of fine details like binding and edge stitching lace. Can't wait to start a project using this beauty! 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Hairbands on etsy

New big bow, retro hairbands available at Goldfinches on Etsy.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Playing with patchwork

It's been a while since I did any patchwork and quilting, but I've been bitten by the bug again this weekend!! 

I used up some paper pieced stars (made from Tula Pink and Kaffe Fassett) to make these two pouches:

I tried out some HSTs to make this small flying geese quilt top (not sure what to make it into yet!):

And finally, I used up the scraps to make this random piece that I may make into another pouch:

Plus, I got this bargain collection of Tula Pink fabrics on sale, when I should've been shopping for necessities!!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cutting on a 1/2 scale stand

Played around with some vintage-inspired wrap-around styles on the stand yesterday. Created four garments in under an hour- so quick and easy on a 1/2 scale mannequin! Look out for some of these in vintage fabrics in the next few months!!


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Recent makes

I recently made a little African wax print bear for my mum's birthday and a drawstring bag for my grandmother's Christmas present. I'd had a break from sewing, after making lots of panto costumes, and realise now how much I've missed it! 

Monday, 3 November 2014

New detachable Christmas collar kits

Great Christmas gift idea to get beginners sewing. 

Available in Etsy:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Camp's Bay PDF new sizes!!

New XL size uploaded and small and large coming tomorrow! Download instantly on etsy! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Mermaid and the Oyster

I've started work as a lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth and my first project was to make six mermaid costumes with the first years for a live performance as part of the Arts by the Sea festival. So thrilled with the results!

They are performing today 12-6 and tomorrow 12-4 at pier approach, Bournemouth. 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

18th century bodice-making practise

I'm currently developing a file of construction and finishing techniques for teaching first year students next term. This bodice forms part of their assessment and includes lots of techniques combined in a finished product.