Cool dog walking bag!

Encourage the younger members of the family to take the pooch for a stroll. They may enjoy parading round with this little number.

All fitted out so the bag can be strung round the waist across the body or over the shoulder.

Visit Etsy for all the details

Happy walking!

Pattern Review McCall’s7862

Pattern Description: Stated as an easy pattern. It flares from a faced neck band and includes side seam pockets. Raglan sleeves with 3 styles. Two hemline styles.

Pattern Sizing:A5 (6-8-10-12-14)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I changed the pattern to suit me and the fabric design. So I cut view C with A sleeves. I also lengthened it and straightened the hem. I also omitted the eyelets and trim.

Were the instructions easy to follow?I found them clear enough for me.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I love the simple shape and the faced hemline as it ensures the shape of the dress.

Fabric Used: A cotton print from India I needed to use.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Because the fabric is lovely design wise it is very see through. So I have lined the body of the dress with a silk chiffon I already had. I am glad I did as it makes the whole garment hang so much better.

I plan to sew this again in perhaps a more substantial fabric. And if you are looking for a simple design which will be easy to wear this is your dress pattern.

Conclusion: I am pleased with the final dress, there are always a few errors but I can live with them and do not draw attention to them!

There are more reviews of this dress pattern on always a good place to look for other makers and their thoughts. Enjoy your sewing and be creative!

The English Lakeland

The Great Escape for us from Cambridgeshire to Cumbria, what a sense of freedom. So missed.

We drove there but left the car firmly in the car park in Ambleside and took to the bus, with our ” senior passes” its a no brainer. The roads are smaller and twistier than I ever remember, very pretty dry stone walling covered in wild flowers ferns and brambles. In June it was beautiful, and we had a week of almost dry and sunny weather. Its not called The Lakes for nothing!

The attraction for me to Ambleside Windermere and nearby Coniston is predictably Beatrix Potter and her legacy, the awesome countryside and the Herdwick sheep. They make me smile with their smiley faces. But I always find some connection with sewing and thread, this trip was no exception. We discovered Stott Park Mill one of the only remaining working wood turning mills making thread bobbins only now for the tourist industry rather than for the textile industry.

A selection of the bobbins

A few photos I think may give you an idea of the place, I hope you enjoy them too.

New Look 6545

Ever since the Great British Sewing Bee featured a zipped up bomber jacket as its first challenge a series or two ago, I wanted such a jacket! In fact have wanted one since the 70’s, so better get a crack on I thought.

It’s all matchy matchy

Here is my version. All went well, only had to get the fashion fabric and ribbing. I found a lovely fine wale needle cord from Minerva Crafts. I had both the separating zip and the lining, silk from India bought on holiday so all sorted and ready to go.

My only frustration was I chose a cuff ribbing as opposed to tubular rib which is wider. So when it came to attaching the bottom rib to the jacket body and lining, I had raw edges to deal with as I had not thought it through and so had not attached the facing the neatest way. Never mind once on it doesn’t matter just looks a bit untidy on the inside.

My conclusion to this project is I am going to make another, more fabric in the stash! Also I do not know how those sewers got this together in 4 hours or so!

Sewn Up Gifts Satchel

Just finished this handy bag for summer. Featuring randomly placed geese silhouettes on a cream and white background, I couldn’t resist making this upholstery fabric into a satchel. The pattern comes from Simply Sewing magazine and is designed by Sue Kim.

There are plenty of pockets inside and out and a top zip too, so everything is kept safe and sound. As well as a grab handle on top there is a detachable long body strap. Perfect for shopping work or class!

I have just added this satchel to my Etsy shop Sewn Up Gifts. Postage free in UK.

The Aisling Blouse

Pretty square neck

Flattering shape.

Add your own sparkly buttons.

Gathered cuffs

Ready to go!

This is my take on the Aisling Blouse from Jennifer Lauren .

This pattern company is a first for me. I have always used the big four or five pattern companies, only because they were the only ones available from shops, certainly before the internet! When the internet happened I stubbornly stuck with those names I knew!

These are the differences I found in my new sewing adventure!

First I must point out this pattern was included, along with two others, in The Simply Sewing (issue eighty) magazine. Given that I will use two of the three patterns this was a very good purchase given the cost of dressmaking patterns


  • Detailed photo on the package and multi sized.
  • Strong pattern paper.
  • Plenty of extra advice regarding measurements with imperial and metric used.
  • Dressmaking terms avoided, step by step guidance.


  • Missed the extra marking points for example at the sleeve insertion stage.
  • The thicker paper meant you could not place the pattern so easily.
  • I found the sleeve notches on sleeve and body piece did not match.
  • A small point but you are advised to press the collar for example then push out the corners which makes it more awkward. Also why mark the button placement so early on in the process? It can be done when the top is complete ensuring perfect placement.

In summary I enjoyed the make and am looking forward to wearing it.

Lesson Learned

I will try very hard now to be more adventurous and try new designers and pattern makers!

New Dog Walker bags

Been having great fun sewing these cross body bags for walking with your furry friend and they are proving popular. Loads of room for all your bits and bobs, and made from either recycled or new (run out of old jeans!) jeans denim.

Up for grabs in my Etsy shop

Happy walking everyone and stay safe.

Simplicity 1538


Pattern Description: Misses shirt with sleeve and fabric variations

US 6,8,10,12, 14 Euro Pattern Sizing 32-40:

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Had to read through the front band application guide a couple of times as it only talked about one piece!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the fit and the collar shape

Fabric Used: A very cheap cotton which I regret using as it is bound to run badly when washed. But this is a practice make so no probs.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes.

Conclusion: I will make a couple more shirts from this pattern. It will make a good staple in my unmatched wardrobe and I hope to use solid colours to wear under jackets jumpers etc.

Border Collie Walking Bag

Another of these! This one for the proud owners of Border Collies, a truly intelligent and hardworking dog as well as being beautiful.

This bag has been sold but I am working on a second version, it will take a week end to sew as things happen to interrupt, but I think it will be just as attractive.

Ready to go

Dashing Dachshund

My latest walking bag for Sewn Up Gifts. I am very slowly getting together a selection of these great bags sewn from all the different dog prints I can find from anywhere! The next one is a Border Collie but he already has a home so I will make two.

You can find all my creations in my shop. I hope you enjoy a quick browse!

Short Cuts

Over the years I must have shortened hundreds of jeans and trousers, always too long from the shops. What do you do with the chopped off hems?

Having watched the Great British Sewing Bee last night, and it being their recycling week I couldn’t put these sawn off cuffs into landfill. Any ideas from you crafty lot? Any thing considered!

Jeans and jog bottoms