Mid year review – Yes I’m back!

OK, no apologies but its half way through 2018 (where has the time gone?) and once again my lack of blogging has been noticeable. I thought I would post a little mid year review, just so you don’t think I have abandoned you all. The trouble is finding time to blog as often as I want. Reminds me of my school reports “Must try harder!”


I have been busy working on various commissions, which is always nice: A blue 3-piece suit, shirt and tie set

Blue Twill wool 3-piece
Grey herringbone wool 2-piece

and a grey 2-piece suit both to be worn as wedding suits.

Then it was family time and we all headed off to sunny Majorca: First time flying for the boys but all-in-all a success. We had a lovely relaxing time.

Off we go!
Cala D’Or


Then came sequins!


This time, not for a wedding but to be worn on stage by @rachelgoswell of Slowdive.

Photo Credit: Eric Tra

Always nice to see things you have made in different settings don’t you think?

Between the commissions I had a few alterations to do for people: Now I don’t really like doing alterations and always choose the more difficult/challenging ones. These were exactly the type I enjoy; converting a zip up dress into a lace up, transforming a vintage pleated dress into a pair of palazzo pants and completely reshaping/sizing a suit.

Makes for me?

Well yes I have been making a few bits for myself and wife. I think mid-life has finally caught up with me (or all my trousers have shrunk in the wash). So a new pair of trousers were made using fabric from my stash, including a rather garish printed panel, used for pockets.

Linen trousers with attitude!

Also I made a shirt. When rummaging through my stash for trouser fabric, I stumbled across some African wax print: Not enough to make much but enough for some detailing. I used the Colette Negroni pattern (a pattern everyone should try at least once) and came up with this.

Colourful contrasts

Next week we have been invited to a special party, so I began making a summer blazer and dress for my wife. The dress is finished and will post about that when I take some photos. The blazer is nearly finished, with just the lining to go. Again I have added my usual ‘oddities’ with origami style patch pockets and slanted buttonholes and a vintage lining.

Origami pocket
Angles are good

So what is next?

Amongst all the things I have been making, I have been busy filming new Youtube videos (currently being edited) on handworked buttonholes, mastering darts and other tailoring skills. I hope to get them up in the next week or so.

Also the folks at William Gee have asked me to review some of their products. I’m sure you have heard of them? Based in London and established in 1906, they are the “largest stockist and distributer of textile trimmings and haberdashery in the UK”. My first product review will be this Friday so watch this space.

So there we go. A half year review of my sewing adventures and I’ve only just realised how busy I have actually been!

Oh we also started camping as a family. Now to find a small featherweight Singer to take with me!

Plenty of sewing space

Until next time….Happy Sewing

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