Fabric Shopping at The Remnant House, Harrogate

On a trip to Harrogate over the Easter break I popped into The Remnant House and stocked up on some fabric. A morning without the children…what else is there to do other than browse fabric without interruption, bliss!

I spied this stretch cotton dress fabric as it struck me as very Joules esque, what do you think? I wanted enough to make a dress for me. but now that I have washed and ironed it it seems that I have bought enough to make matching dresses for the girls…von trapp family here we come!

I picked up some jersey to make some dresses for the girls. One will be pink and white and the other blue and white. I’ve got an idea in my head of what the dresses will look like, I just need to translate it into reality…


Tragically I saw a picture of the Duchess of Cornwall wearing a navy and white checked shirt and I thought…I need one of those (and it had nothing to do with the fact that she had a glass of wine in her hand). So I picked up some poly cotton navy gingham to make a shirt of sorts.

On a slightly more crazy whim I bought some of this viscose floral fabric. I actually bought what feels like quite a bit as it’s 60″ wide. Something tunic top/loose shirt for me and something cute and fun for Charlotte….

If you’re ever in Harrogate they are definitely worth the visit, the staff are so friendly and helpful and they have a great range of fabrics to see. The Remnant House also have a facebook page where they keep you up to date/tempt you with their latest finds



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New Magazine :: Love Sewing

It’s easter holidays around here and I’ve not done any sewing for over two weeks now! There have been plenty of colouring in sessions, walks with the dog and visiting relative, just not a lot of sewing.

My trip to the shops this afternoon however has resulted in the purchase of the brand new, first edition of Love Sewing magazine


It’s tipping it down outside, the girls are watching a dvd, I’ve made a cuppa and I’m taking a moment to have a good read!

FREE :: Easter Egg Templates

I have pulled together some free Easter Egg templates for you to use in your Easter crafting. Free Easter Egg TemplatesYou can use them in paper crafts, felt crafts or even use the outline shape for a touch of applique. You could even just print them out and use them as a colouring in sheet. Download your copy of the Free Easter Egg Templates and get crafting! If you are looking for some more free crafting, check out the free Easter Basket and friends tutorial I designed for Sew Mama Sew.


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New :: Hen Finger Puppet Pattern

My Hen finger puppet pattern is now available as an individual download!Hen Finger Puppet sewing pattern

This hen is nice and quick to sew. As with all of my patterns this pdf features a list of materials you will need, nice and clear digitally drawn pattern pieces and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Hen Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

The pdf pattern for the Hen Finger Puppet is available as an instant digital download from the following places….

Little Black Duck :: Craftsy :: Etsy

Hen Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

If you are looking for more Easter themed finger puppets, check out my set of Easter Friends which is available from Craftsy :: Etsy

Easter Friends Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern


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Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 8 The Final, Couture

Wow, the final…where on earth have the last 8 weeks gone?

This final week May and Patrick didn’t just want to see their sewing skills, but their hand finishing skills. Couture all the way!

Sewing from a Pattern: a Men’s Silk Tie (3hrs 15min)

The Purl Bee have a free pattern for a Men’s necktie. It’s constucted slightly differently to the one on the show, but you get the same result…a necktie!

The Purlbee free Men's Necktie pattern

There’s also a great tutorial on The Sewing Space for how to sew a Men’s tie and how to get that point just right!

Sewing a Men's tie

The contestants had to sew a bar tack at the base of the hand stitching. Bar tacks are used at stress points in garments. There’s a great explanation of Bar Tacking and a list of potential applications on the WiseGeek website.

Alteration Challenge: Breath new life into a wedding dress by making a special occasion outfit for a child (2 hours)

Could you cut up a wedding dress? More pertinently could you cut up your own wedding dress? I’m really not sure I could cut up my wedding dress, but I certainly could have cut up the one that I saw today displayed in one of the local charity shops in town….it was a proper 80s affair!

Sew Beautiful have a post on turning a wedding dress (or two) into a Christening gown. There are some useful tips at the bottom of the post.

Create a Made to Measure Garment: Make a Couture Gown (7 hours)

Craftsy has a few online courses covering all sorts of techniques. They have a course on The Couture Dress which covers a whole host of couture techniques.

The Couture Dress Craftsy Online Course

Craftsy also have a run down of some of the most commonly used couture hand stitches

Couture Hand Stitches from the Craftsy Blog

There are of course also lots of books on couture techniques. I did a quick search on Amazon for Couture Techniques and I now have many more books on my wish list!

As for the result….Congratulations Heather! Experience has won out again! Like with so many things in life the more often you do it, the more you learn and the better you get. Just keep on sewing!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed The Great British Sewing Bee at least half as much as I have done! Just a year to go until series 3 is on the television….what on earth will I do every Tuesday night…sewing perhaps?

Have you checked out my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board yet? I have pinned lots of great tips that follow the series. There is no excuse for not dusting off your sewing machine!

Round up posts from previous weeks can be found here…. Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6 and Week 7


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