Vogue 8865 | Pattern Hack

The long awaited tutorial for my pattern hack of Vogue 8865 has finally arrived. I have made two pairs of trousers using this hack and am definitely going to make at least one more.

The idea for this hack was inspired by a pair of smart hareem style trouser I used to own. When they no longer fit, I took them apart with the intention to make a pattern of the trousers to use. I still intend to, but wanted to see if it would be possible to do a hack on a pattern I already have to recreate them.

Materials needed:

  • Vogue Pattern v8865
  • Pattern paper
  • Pattern Master
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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Ignorance vs Prejudice

As a black female who grew up in a majority white town, attended majority white educational institutions, competed in a majority white sport and works in a majority white industry. Dodging peoples ignorance and prejudice based on the colour of my skin has become a way of life.

When I was younger I looked forward to the day when my skin colour would no longer be a barrier. To the day when people would just accept me as a person and descriptions of me would not be prefixed by my skin colour. I would be a person, just like them. Not a black girl or member of a community different to theirs, just me.

Recently however, I have experienced something which completely shattered that ideal. It has made me realise that perhaps, even though we are in the 21st Century, and there is a lot of rhetoric surrounding improved race relations and the perceived successful diversity in the UK, especially in London. There is still a long way to go. Continue reading %s

Sew & Tell | April 2017

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to my blog. In this post I’m going to be sharing my April Makes!! 🙂

This was the first official unplanned sewing month and I am extremely happy with ALL my makes. The creativity was allowed to flow freely and I think this has shone through. So lets get into it.

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DIY | Cafe Curtains

Welcome back to my blog in this post I’m going to show you how to make cafe curtains.

About Cafe Curtains

I’m not completely sure how cafe curtains got their name, but I do know they have been around for many many years. The term is used to describe curtains that cover the lower part of a window. Not just curtains found in a cafe as the name may suggest. Typically cafe curtains are formed as one curtain, but they can be made in 2 parts. As I have done in this tutorial.

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Sew & Tell | March 2017

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to my blog. March was a very unproductive sewing month for me. Of all my sewing plans I managed to complete 3, start 1 and the rest fell by the wayside.

I did complete 2, additional, unplanned makes. But it did stress me out quite a lot that I wasn’t able to make everything I had said I would/wanted to. And so, for now, March will be the last planned sewing month. Before I made a commitment to myself to take blogging and YouTube more serious; on my path to successful self-employment. My sewing was a lot more free and creative.

I would make a plan to sew something on the stop. I would pull on inspiration from anywhere, whether it be fabric in a shop or from my stash or images and things around me. I had a lot more fun sewing that way, so as of April I will return to that and see how the following months projects turn out.

For now, lets get into my March Makes.

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Sew & Tell | January 2017

Hi everyone. Welcome to my first sew and tell for 2017. I didn’t have any firm sewing plans for January. My focus was on setting up shop and creating a plan of action to achieve my goals. That being said I did manage to squeeze in a couple of makes.

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