Yellow is the new Orange

Yellow. A colour that is considered by some as difficult to wear was the colour of choice at this year’s Golden Globes. With actresses of different ages, styles and cultures all doning the colour.

Canary Yellow was the shade of choice. Making it possible to assume that Mustard Yellow now has a cousin to welcome into the fashion fold.

To help me get inspiration for my goal of making Occasion dresses this year, I search for sewing patterns to pair them with my favourite yellow gowns from the awards. It was hard to find patterns that could be used to make an exact copy.  Did however manage to find a pattern that could be used to make a version of. Or make a close match with a few alterations.

Check out my Top 5 below:

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#makenine and 2017 Sewing Goals

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#makenine and 2017 Sewing Goals

Hi guys. Hope you have all had a good week and are set for the weekend. In my last post I outlined my personal goals for 2017. In this post I will share my sewing goals.

My overall goal for this year is to become self-employed. Improving my sewing skills and increasing my knowledge and understanding of sewing, and garment construction, will go a long way to helping me get closer to self-employment. And the best way to keep focused and track your progress is to set goals. So I have set 4 goals for this year that will encourage me to elevate my sewing game.

  1. Improve my tailoring skills and learn how to make Occasion dresses – Last year I made a Men’s Tailored Blazer, it took me weeks and weeks, and the final garment fitted handsomely. With it being the first one I made there is significant room for improvement that will also help me make other garments like coats. And Occasion dresses. I have always shied away from Occasion dresses, with a belief that the construction is really complicated. But if I can make a blazer, I can make a Wedding Dress, right?

  2. Get to grips with stretch fabric – I’m a tailoring woven fabric kind of girl. After making a tracksuit as a present last year in grey marle sweatshirt fabric. I discovered a secret love for jersey fabrics and want to explore more.

  3. Make something other than clothes – Making clothes is great. But there is so much more I can make on a sewing machine. Blinds, I keep saying to myself that I will make some to hang in my flat. Or cushion covers, bags, purses, chokers, head wraps, loads of things.

  4. Make 5 custom pieces for paying customers – Setting myself this goal means I will have to learn the art of selling yourself. Which is something I currently struggle to do, but is the only way to build up a client list. And take a more convincing step forward to self-employment.

To give these goals direction I am joining the #makenine2017 challenge set by Rochelle_new.

And these are my nine makes for 2017, the images coinciding with each post is for inspiration:

  1. Jeans

  2. Wedding/Prom Dress

  3. Coat

  4. Bag/Purse

  5. Trousers

  6. Shirt/Blouse

  7. Jersey/Stretch knit top

  8. Blinds

  9. Cushion covers

I will be making more than nine things this year. But I wanted my #makenine to be reflective of my goals for 2017 rather than things I would like to make. By doing this it makes all the goals measurable and easier to tackle. My #makenine will also work as reminders of what this year is all about in those moments when I am standing in front of my sewing stash wondering what to make next.

Leave me a comment in the box below to let me know what your business goals are for 2017?

Thanks for reading this post and I will speak to you guys soon.


Something New for 2017

Something New for 2017

Happy New Year.

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you all had an enjoyable break over the festive period.

I was fortunate enough to get quite a lot of time off over the festive period. With thanks to the back to back bank holidays as well as my annual leave days. Sewing took up the majority of my time off. For those who follow me on Instagram and YouTube you will know that I have been doing a blog series with William Gee. Due to different life circumstances that I couldn’t plan for pre-Christmas, I ended up running behind. There was no way I would make up the time, but really wanted to get the outstanding dresses made before the start of the New Year so that I could start with a clean slate. As soon as the final dress was finished I was able to take a few days to reflect on what I had learnt in 2016 and what I want to move forward and achieve in 2017.

Way back in 2016, I was one of those people who were talking big of 2017. “It’s going to be my year”, “I’m going to change my life for the better”, “I’m going to change my mindset and start doing what I really want to do”. It was sooo easy to talk tough when I could put it off to the new year. And now the new year is here I have to put my money where my mouth is. Which, more or less, is what I intend to do.

I have spent the past 2/3 years complaining about a lot of the same things. And even if everyone else isn’t bored of hearing the stories, I am. But more than that I am bored of living the same story. Just going through the motions, always wishing and wanting something better but not being brave enough to bet it all on me. So this year, I am. I’m betting it all on me. I’m going to be that change. I am going to live the hashtag #dreambelieveachieve. I’m going to go after what I really want no matter how much it scares me.

First question. How?

Well, I have a blog (hello). A YouTube Channel. Various forms of social media. But more importantly than all of that I have a voice, I have a story, I have a skill. There are so many great people who have been able to eek out every bit of greatness they have in one area and be the best. Just look at Serena Williams, Oprah Winfery, Victoria Beckham. I might have lost a few of you with the last one, but from a girl who had questionable singing abilities to a world-renowned, and high society approved, fashion designer ain’t half bad.

So, what are you going to do?

Obvious answer. Make and sell clothes. But I have always been adverse to having a single label and the feeling that someone it trying to make me fit in a box. So I won’t put a label on it. I’m just going to be me. To make money I will sew. Whether that be clothes or soft furnishings, it would be silly to not use that skill. But I won’t pigeon hole myself. There are loads of things I want to do. And as Posh Spice has shown all of us, you don’t have to be one thing for the whole of your life. If you grow up and change. Change. But do it gracefully.

I had a tough time trying to consolidate my thoughts on my days off. I know what I want to do, I know where I want to get to by the end of the year. Working out exactly how I would get there was a tougher nut to crack. The how will come down to a lot of trial and error. Towards the end of 2016 I was a frequent and consistent video publisher on “the Youtube” (inside joke). And I saw a significant increase in views and subscribers. So that is an obvious and quick win. Be more consistent. But to be successful, it’s not just about being consistent, it’s about you the person. So then I started thinking about how I can build a structure to follow to increase consistency and show my personality. But I didn’t want them to be vague and none committal activities. I wanted them to be beneficial to me as well as my future business. And I came up with these four points:

      1. Motivation Monday

        For those who don’t know, alongside all of this, I have a full time job. And the more I am pulled into the world of doing things that I really enjoy and are for myself. The connection to my day to day is weakened, and the enjoyment along with it. Making it harder to get motivated and greet Mondays with a smile. So I have decided that every Monday I will post something motivational that I can carry with me throughout the week to help the days pass by a little smoother. This will be anything from a phrase or saying or one liner from a film to a motivational video I watched on YouTube that lifted me up.

      2. #FunFriday

        When I got my first “real job” in fashion, I used to dress up on a Friday. Sometimes I’d be going somewhere after work, but other times it was just because I wanted to. I haven’t done that for ages, so I am bringing it back. I can not take claim for the hashtag as I am sure someone else coined it first, but I will champion it for this year. Because when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you can concur anything, I will also do an activity after work every Friday. Rather than going straight home to sew. Not that there is anything wrong with that. That is my ideal evening. But it means I’m not out there networking and meeting new people or socialising with my friends. And you know what they say, you’re network is your net-worth. So I’m going to get out there and meet new people, or spend time with those who are already in my life and do something with my Friday evenings.

      3. Self Affirmation Selfies

        Last year I went through a hellish time at work. Proper knocked me for 6, but I got up fighting. I won’t go into it now. Will save it for a later date. Because of what happened and how it happened I started to lose confidence in myself. It’s something I don’t like to admit. Because I am a strong, confident person. However, my experience showed me that I don’t believe it and feel it the same way I feel and believe other things. So to help me tackle this and get that self-belief back up to 100%, and keep it there, I am going to post self affirmation selfies. And encourage others to do the same. Because together we are stronger.

      4. Sunday Sewing Sessions

        Fourth and final point is to dedicate Sundays to sewing. That’s everything about sewing. Posting pictures of a work in progress. Uploading videos to YouTube. Shopping for fabrics, patterns, trims etc. Looking for inspiration, sketching new designs. Making something new to sell on my Etsy store. Whatever it might be that is what Sunday’s will be about.

With this structure I will be able to be more consistent. And I have already seen the rewards of consistency with the videos I posted on YouTube last year. And it gives me an opportunity to showcase my talent (sewing) and personality so that people can buy into me and my Brand. Which will hopefully turn them into customers as well as fans. Or it could lead to collaborations with other like-mined people or job opportunities and commissions. All of which will help me get from 200 Instagram followers and 180 YouTube subscribers to 100,000 Instagram followers and 250,000 YouTube subscribers.

I am full accepting of the possibility that I may need to tweak these four points as the year goes on. And maybe reduce it down. But to start off with this is my structure. And if I can get my head in the game, be consistent, reflect my personality, feel good and be positive. Good things will come my way, because you attract whatever you put out into the world. I want the world to see me as a motivated, fun, ambitious, self-believing, professional seamstress so I can attract the things that come with it. Good or bad. As long as I am doing what I love and being able to be my true self. I will be happy and I will be successful.

I hope you will stick around and join me on my journey as I move ever close to my goal of becoming self-employed.

What are your goals for 2017? I would love to hear them and find out how you plan on achieving them.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my first blog post of 2017. Speak to you all really soon.



A Men’s Blazer

It’s finally finished. The mens blazer that I started months ago is complete and I am ready to share it with you all.

I recently found out that the term blazer has coined in the UK. Although the official story of how the non-suit jacket got it’s name is unclear, was it the Lady Margaret, St. John’s College rowing club in Cambridge or the crew members of HMR Blazer? Either way, I am pretty confident that we Brits helped to change the face of mens clothing forever. Before the blazer became a mens stable it was traditionally worn by members of the Navy and select sports clubs. Over the years, and as popularity and familiarity grow, blazers were worn by the Army and schools, both in the UK and the wider Commonwealth.

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Low mood; stress and anxiety

Did you know that Low Mood and Depression are on a spectrum?

Mental health is a topic that is high on the agenda within today’s society; but there are still many grey areas.
I don’t think I would be miss quoting too many people if I was to say that the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of common mental health issues is depression.

Until recently I was of the understanding that depression existed on it’s own. Something would happen to make someone depressed, a sad thing, bad thing, stressful thing and the outcome would be depression. In the same way that if you cut yourself and you bleed. But this is not the case. Stress, anxiety, low mood and worry are all common mental health issues that 1 in 4 adults experience daily. And if untreated these issues could develop into depression and/or other severe mental health issues.

I have recently found myself in a situation that has subsequently lead me investigating the effects and symptoms of stress and anxiety. Low mood is one of those; in many cases can be the starting point for depression.

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Nike Air Max Thea


March 26th 2016 was National/International Air Max Day. I thought it was a one off, but in actual fact Nike introduced this day back in 2014 to celebrate Air Max and it’s history ( On March 26th 1987 the first of the Air Max family was born, they called him Air Max 1. He is 29 years old.

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YouTube Welcome Video

My YouTube Channel was in need of an introduction/welcome video.

I conducted an unofficial, official survey of people’s impressions of my videos, what they liked/didn’t like and what they felt was missing. The feedback was really helpful. One thing that stuck was that it was not clear from my videos that I had made the cloths. Although I had written this in the descriptions, there was nothing that showed this in the videos. So, to get this message across to viewers as clearly and efficiently as possible, I decided to make a welcome video.

I knew the video had to be short and give a clear message. To get inspiration I watched a bunch of other YouTube welcome videos. And while looking for inspiration, I remembered one of my favourite scenes from the film Love Actually. The one when the best man from the wedding declares his love for Keira Knightley using flash cards in the rain. And decided to use that as my base to build on for my welcome video.

I think the video worked out well. But don’t just take my word for it, check it for yourself and let me know your thoughts.

Until next time,


Birthday Meme

My 1st Meme (found, not created) because it’s my birthday 🎉💋💁🏾

Meme – is “an idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”.

Surprisingly, at least to me if no one else, Meme is not a new word. It was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads.
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Black Nike Dunk Ultra Modern

I bought these Nike Dunk Ultra Modern trainers from ASOS. Since I bought them, I have lived in them. I just wish I had more pairs. They are so comfortable and extremely versitile.

The Nike Dunk Ultra Moderns were made to celebrate 30 years of Nike Dunk. It was 1985 when the Nike Dunk basketball shoe was born, driven by performance innovation that naturally translated to street style. The design solidified Nike’s focus on basketball and reinforced its obsession with creating product to make athletes better. (

The Nike Dunk Ultra Modern keeps the styling of a basketball shoe but loses it’s functionality. It is more of a street style/fashion shoe. Helping Nike to continue to build it’s reputation as a fashionable street style essential.

Until next time,