Finished flooring

Update on the new sewing room floor. After a weekend of emptying the room it was ready to get the tiles down.

The first stage was the self levelling concrete I posted earlier in the week. Then it was the tiles themselves.

Important things went back in first, table and machines. Need to get on with my Simplicity blogger dress.


Hopefully the tiles will make it easier to sweep up threads.

An added bonus is being able to use the tiles to help with pattern adjustments!  See below where I used the tiles to help draw lines on as part of doing a FBA to the dress.


Think I’ll do some sewing before buying and making the storage units.


Sewing room floor

After years of sewing and ending up with threads stuck in the carpet a new flooring was called for.

I’m getting Karendean tiles, so first stage was self levelling screed.


Watch this space to see the completed room.

Patterns arrived

I’m planning to enter the Simplicity competition that is currently open, where they are searching for the Simplicity Star Sewist.

First stage is complete as the two patterns for the categories I plan to enter have arrived. 🙂



I’ve also been doing some thinking on exactly what I might make with them, and from what fabric.

Let the creativity begin….



Adding In-Seam Zipped Pockets

Skirts are great, but most commercial patterns don’t include pockets. The simplest pockets to add to a skirt are patch pockets, however whilst practical they are not very secure. I tend to make every day wear, including outfits to wear at work where in the modern world I find I’m always looking for a pocket to put my phone in. NOt to mention that I like to be able to cycle as well – making phones in pockets even more risky!

A great solution is to add in-seam pockets to your skirts, which can be done quite easily by following the below steps. Not only will this take you through adding a pocket, but it will show you how to make this a secure pocket by adding a zip.

  1.  Draft pocket by drawing a curved pocket shape large enough to hold your phone.
  2. Finish the edges of your pocket (I use an overlocker, but you could zigzag the edges)
  3. Prepare your skirt, and before you sew the side seam follow these steps to include the pocket into the seam. Finish the seams of your skirt as in step 2 before you add the pocket.
  4. Add a small strip of iron on interfacing to each of the skirt seams slightly longer than the opening for your pocket.

  5. Right side to right side pin and then sew one pocket section to the front and back sections of the skirt. Sew within the seam allowance.

  6. Fold and press the pocket away from the skirt.

  7. Sew the front and back of the skirt together from the top and 1.5cm into the pocket. Secure the end of the seam well.
  8. Insert an invisible zip into the seam (taking care the ensure that the pocket is kept close to the front (or back of the skirt). Stop the seam on the zip at least 1.5cm before the end of the pocket.

  9. Complete the skirt side seam below the zip, as you would normally below a zip. I leave a very small  section below the zip before starting the side seam so that the overall seam will lie flat (only about 2/3mm).
  10. Optional – add top stitched satin stitching at 90o to the seam both above and below the zip. This can be both decorative and functional in that it helps protect the seam and pocket from any holes. Alternatively press seam and omit this additional stitching for an invisible pocket seam.

Complete the rest of your skirt – and enjoy secret, secure pockets




Me Made May 2014 complete

Well that’s the 31st May, and I’ve managed to keep to my challenge – infact exceed it. Every day this month I’ve worn at least one handmade outfit, and didn’t repeat any handmade garments.

The weather was the biggest challenge – I’d worn lots of my warmer outfits at the start of the month, then instead of getting warmer the weather turned wet and cold!

During the month, I’ve sewn a few new articles. Tania culottes (found by following Me Made May) which are a great fun way to wear shorts. I’ve also sewn three summery tops as we head hopefully towards the warmer months.

Loved following MMMay14, Pinterest was my favourite as you saw the photos and information on them. Well done to all who took part – looking forward to next year.

My selection of outfits can be seen here – Adjua P Made May 2014

Half way through Me Made May

That’s the mid way point – half way through May and my pledge is going strong. Each day this month I’ve worn a new hand made item, sometimes two, and as of yet no repeats.

A number of years ago I changed from only sewing going out style outfits to a whole range of every day outfits. It’s great to be able to wear your own style every day – and not just on that Christmas night out.

So far what has the challenge identified in my wardrobe? Looking back on the month so far you can see that alot of my outfits are quite dark – could be that my work wardrobe is slightly more conservative. Today I’m working at home and the sun is out, so pale lilac skirt with white and blue top. I think as I move into the next half of the month it will become harder not to repeat outfits – a whole month of outfits with no repeats, to cope with the weather range is quite hard. That’s been the hardest challenge so far – trying to introduce jumpers on the cooler days, so that if it does heat up I can then wear the more summery outfits.

Enjoying the challenge so far – following others on pinterest, and twitter. This week’s purchase has been the Tania Culottes – pattern printed, fabric cut out, will hopefully sew tonight. Culottes are a favourite of mine – I cycle sometimes to work, so I’m hoping to make a knee length pair in a suitable work fabric. Also finished off a modified version of Vogue’s 8886, made with a key hole neckline and button up back. More on that in a separate post.

Me Made May 2014 challenge

It’s nearly May and I’ve signed up to the Me Made May challenge. Each day in May I plan to wear something handmade, and I’ll endeavour to introduce a new item every day. Great idea to encourage the wearing of a variety of outfits, rather than sticking to the current favourites. I plan to set up a new gallery where I’ll add each days outfit, so that you can see the range of work/casual outfits that I manage to wear.

Appearing in Threads Magazine

I’m so proud to have had one of my outfits selected for the current issue of Threads Magazine. This is a great magazine, from America that provides lots of fantastic articles and tutorials on many of the more advanced sewing techniques.

I’d recommend it to anyone looking to take their sewing to the next level.


The outfit of mine that it features is the dress I made to wear to my friends wedding last year. The journey of its creation can be read about on this blog.

Threads can be bought in many ways – ideal for those not living in America. They do a print version, which comes with free access to the online edition that is now available for Apple and Android, an online only subscription, plus they can be individually bought via the Kobo store. So lots of options for all you keen sewers. Find out more about the magazine at:

Fehr Trade: Where to buy exercise fabric – a global list

Thanks to the team at Colette I spotted an article they’d had written on sewing excersise clothes. I do alot of walking, cycling, aerobics etc but have never tackled really slippy excersise fabric.

There was a link to a selection of worldwide fabric shops which stock good sports fabric. Quite a few in the UK so thought I’d share for reference as it looks good.