Welcome to my little blog! If you've found your way to this page, you've probably got a few questions that I'll attempt to guess and answer at the same time!

How did it all start?

Just over 3 years ago I visited a friend's new house and as she was giving me the grand tour, I noticed a dress form draped with a beautiful handmade dress. With my interest well and truly piqued, I decided to tag along to the Sewing for Pleasure evening classes she was taking...and I was hooked! I took a second set of classes and simultaneously discovered the wonderfully supportive and encouraging world of online sewing, which I can honestly attribute most of my progress and passion to.

What now?

Although this blog started life as a way of documenting my progress, it's so much more than that now. I finally feel that I'm in a position to give a little back to my readers! I try to do this by providing as much construction information about my makes as I can, by being honest about my experiences and by sharing some Handy Bits along the way.

Where do I get inspiration from?

I'm hugely inspired by fashions from the past, especially the late 1930s to the early 1960s. I have a rather large collection of vintage sewing patterns and fabric to show for it and I'm now working on conquering my fear of cutting into and using them! I'm also endlessly inspired by fellow bloggers and their beautiful creations - in fact, I blame them for my lack of focus and unachievable plans! Bloggers are also the very people who inspired me to give knitting a go. I'm no pro, but I find it so therapeutic.

I've made it nice and easy for you to browse a selection of my favourite Sewn Makes and Knitted Makes.

What else?

To give crafty businesses and individuals the chance to raise their profile, I'm now offering affordable sponsorship opportunities, which will hopefully also introduce my readers to some cool new things.

Want to get in touch?

Got any more burning questions, want to bounce some ideas off me or simply want to say 'hi'? I love hearing from you, so don't be shy...


  1. I just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I was nominated and had the chance to nominate 15 bloggers I love.
    See the details here:

    Love your blog!

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much! Just popped over and discovered your lovely blog!

  2. Love your blog...I've nominated you for Lovely Blog award

  3. I just love your blog! I too am very much into vintage/retro, mostly from the years 1880-1940. The 30s style is my absolute favourite for the moment.
    I crochet jewels in a vintage style, and sew as well.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! You sound like an extremely talented lady!

  4. Just came across your blog, Marie. You've sewn a lot of patterns that I've been admiring for awhile. Love your fabric choices!

  5. Hello! Just to let you know I nominated your blog for a #liebsteraward http://www.livingonashoestring.net/liebster-award/ thankyou for inspiring me! :)