Monday, 16 October 2017

Simplicty 3842 Pattern Review: Wearable Rockabilly Style



I'm so excited to announce that I am now part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network - and today my first post goes live! Head on over to my post Wearable Rockabilly Style to find out my thoughts on this pinup perfect sewing pattern.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The story of Oh Sew Quaint: turning a small idea into the full time job of my dreams.

Oh Sew Quaint is the home of handmade sewing equipment, from sweet treat pattern weights to delicious doughnut magnetic pin cushions

Late summer in 2016 I had decided I needed a hobby and blew the dust off the sewing machine my Mum had given to me 10 years ago as a Christmas present. My mum has been sewing for as long as I remember, and had always egged me on to try it too. But it wasn't until I started watching the Great British Sewing Bee that I felt inspired to give it a go. I loved the idea of having a handmade wardrobe, and I was determined to learn this new skill.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Shop Announcement and April Pattern & Fabric Haul | Oh Sew Quaint





I'm back on YouTube with another pattern and fabric haul - I just couldn't resist those spring sale savings. If you like the video, don't forget to subscribe and you can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for daily updates.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Seamstress Tag by Hollie Dolly | Oh Sew Quaint





Watch my latest youtube video - the Seamstress tag - where I answer 12 sewing related questions to help you get to know me a little better.



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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pattern Review: B5708 1953 Vintage Dress - A pattern that may well have been drafted by Satan himself.

When my eyes landed on the B5708 Retro Butterick 1953 dress sewing pattern I knew it was something I would want in my wardrobe, so decided to get this pattern along with this gorgeous cotton from Sew Essential.

Pattern, Fabric and Zip from Sew Essential; Fondant Fancy Pattern Weights from Oh Sew Quaint

Whilst waiting for their arrival I did some research on the pattern itself, seeing what others sewists had made and any tips for it's construction. This is when I learned the alarming news that this pattern does NOT have a good reputation. It's known for being poorly drafted, which results in bodice being too large to wear modestly. A problem that could be prevented with some pattern adjustment? Think again, the bodice is cut entirely on the bias which makes pattern adjustment a nightmare.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Pattern Review - Colette Moneta - Dark Floral Knit Dress perfect for Spring!

The Colette Moneta dress - your new favourite knit sewing pattern - because the best dresses have pockets!


You know those first sunny days of spring where you want to leave your coat at the door but there is a still a slight chill in the air? The long-sleeved Moneta dress is the perfect thing to wear! I was first inspired to make a jersey dress after seeing The Crafty Pinup's TATB Agnes Dress Hack which she also made in a black jersey with pink flowers. While it's rude to copy other people's sewing projects, I fell in love with the dress so much I just HAD to have my own.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Pattern Review: Simply Sew Magazine Issue 24 Audrey Dress - A sweet 50's style summer dress

Spring is finally here and I'm switching my cosy jersey knits to pretty cotton fabrics. My first make of the season is the Audrey Dress: fun, flirty and full of 50's flare. My fabric choice was a cheap and cheerful cotton poplin I purchased from eBay for £4 per metre. As with many cheap cottons the fabric is quite thin and worn without a slip this dress won't leave much to the imagination, so in hindsight I should have inserted a lining.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pattern Review: Simple Sew Duo of Skirts - Tie Waisted Skirt

Although I never really wear pencil skirts (I'm living that pyjama life...) when I saw the Simple Sew Duo of Skirts pattern I fell in love. I was definitely swayed by the pretty pink envelope and the big beautiful bow at the top of the waist. Sticking with the pink theme, as always, I decided to make my version of this skirt in a bright raspberry pink cotton which I got from Fabric Rehab in their closing down sale.

Also wearing: Black Scoop Top by Boody, made from Bamboo Jersey - super soft!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Pattern Review: Vogue V8888 Dressing Gown

As someone who is in love with the idea of having a boudoir with fancy perfume bottles, a beautiful vintage dressing table and drawfuls of lacey lingerie, having a luxurious dressing gown is a must! If I can't have a fancy dressing room I can at least have an elegant dressing gown to brighten up my morning routine. Especially paired with this gorgeous and swishy Joan Babydoll which is handmade by my friend Abi at My Retro Closet. (Check out Abi's sewing blog, the Crafty Pinup here, her sewing makes never fail to impress!)

Also pictured: Joan Babydoll handmade by My Retro Closet in Powder Blue and Baby Pink Trim

Sunday, 22 January 2017

New Product! Fondant Fancy Pattern Weights

I'm excited to announce a new product in my Etsy store available to buy here. The pattern weights come in a box of 8, each cake weighs approximately 30g, which is 50% heavier than my other pattern weights!


The weights are based on a popular cake available in the UK called French Fancies, a small sponge cake topped with a small mound of buttercream and then iced in the iconic cocoa, strawberry and lemon colours. Currently, I will only be stocking these iconic colours, but I hope to release a pastel variation in the near future!

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