Berlin Coat – Straight Grain

It turns out I really like coat making! This is my second so far this year and I’m already planning more for me and the rest of my family. I enjoy the challenge of learning something new and so when my daughter lost her second coat at school(!!) with winter months fast approaching, I decided I would sew her one rather than hit the shops. In hindsight this may have been a little ambitious given it was already October. Cue the Berlin coat blog tour with numerous beautiful versions shared from across the globe and it wasn’t long until I caved and bought the pattern. Pattern and design details There are lots of features I love about this coat, like the big hood, pleat and tab at the back, which all help to make it a bit different. Another plus for me was that it included adding batting to the lining for a little […]

Berlin Coat Straight Grain

Completed King Cole 4087

Some selfless knitting – King Cole 4087

So a quick little post today to show you all the completed jumper that I made for the husband. He’s 6ft 3″ – so finding jumpers in the shops that are long enough in the body and have long arms is a real challenge! Perfect when your wife can knit you a bespoke, custom made jumper then. Hmm. He’s been asking for me to knit him a jumper since I learnt 4 years ago and it’s taken me a while to comply…. I mean, knitting something so big, in a neutral colour (at his request) just wasn’t as exciting as knitting fun little things for the girls. So it’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. Then I stumbled across this pattern, King Cole 4087, over on Love Knitting. I really liked the shape and texture… and that its for chunky yarn!! So I promptly ordered it along with this […]

Grainline love and a Hemlock Tee

Long time no blog! I can’t believe that the last time I posted was back in August… feels like an age ago. A lot has happened in the past 6 weeks including starting back at work in a new job. After 4 years of being at home with the kiddos this has been a big shift for the whole family. I have rather jealously guarded sewing as essential down time – but blogging has really taken a back seat as we all get used to the new routine of life! Hopefully I should be back a bit more now with A LOT to fill you guys in on. Namely a wedding outfit I made in the summer, fabric picks and sewing plans following SewBrum, a finished knit for my husband, a winter coat for my daughter and a bit of a Grainline love affair – which starts us off today. I […]

hemlock tee take 2


Simplicity 1206 – Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2

I’m really excited about this post! This is my entry for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge. This is gonna be a bit longer than my usual peeps – so hang in there if you can ;-). Of course you can always flick through the many pictures as they will tell most of the story anyway! I have so enjoyed every part of this project, from dreaming up ideas right through to seeing them realised. It’s been good to slow down my sewing (you may have read the disastrous consequences of me and ‘quick’ sewing in my last post…) especially with the Olympics on in the background for pretty much the two weeks of evenings that it took for me to make this! When I saw that Simplicity were doing a sewing challenge again this year I was so excited and immediately hopped on over to see what the patterns were. I was so […]