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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Jersey Loungewear - with Minerva Crafts

I hope you've all had an amazing Christmas and you're looking forward to jumping into 2018!

One thing I'm hoping to focus some more of my time on in 2018 is this blog - documenting my business and my personal sewing adventures.

Today I've got another exciting post going live over at Minerva Crafts. I had the opportunity to test some amazing jersey fabric and decided it would be the perfect fabric to make myself a luxurious loungewear set. Using the Named Ninni culottes pattern and the Style Arc Besharl jacket, I managed to make up this amazing outfit that I literally have not taken off!

Head over to the Minerva Crafts blog to have a read of the full post and get all the details!





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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

LFW 70's Inspired Maxi Jacket - with Minerva Crafts



If you want your day brightened up a little, head over to the Minerva Crafts Blog today and check out a recent make of mine.

I'm reviewing THE most amazing burnt orange fabric from Minerva Crafts. I put a 70's spin on it, taking inspiration from London Fashion Week, and this image from Pinterest in particular.

Olivia Palermo At London Fashion Week Spring 2017

In fact, I made an entire pinterest board to fuel my maxi-jacket love affair. Here it is.

I am in LOVE with my £5.97 LFW inspired jacket. Head over to the Minerva Crafts blog where you can read my full review in detail and check out all of the pictures too.

Enjoy!





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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Minerva Crafts Guest Post - Toast Inspired Work Wear Jacket

I'm really stoked that my first ever guest post is now live over on the Minerva Crafts Blog!

This is my take on a Toast inspired work wear jacket - but for breadcrumb money. WINNER!

Head over to Minerva Crafts to take a look - I really hope you like my make as much as I do!



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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 7 - Italian Week

I cannot tell you how excited I was for Italian Week! As soon as I heard what the theme would be I knew that we would have to make a pizza. It'a fun to make, there's skills to learn and it's fun for the kids to decorate and get stuck in too.



Logan didn't feel up to participating in the actual baking this week (although he enjoyed the eating!), but Rori loved getting stuck in with the sauce and the dough. I used my own recipe for the sauce which was simply a large can of sieved tomatoes, garlic, salt, olive oil, fresh basil and red wine vinegar. Rori helped to peel the garlic cloves and crush them, and also to pick the basil from our plant and rip it into small pieces. I love it when Rori joins in like this, she's really hands-on and loves to taste all of the ingredients. She attempted to eat a raw garlic clove and was munching on basil too.



Once the sauce was cooked, we made the dough. We used this recipe from BBC Good Food and it's really quick and easy to get together. The only change I made was to use plain flour in place of the strong bread flour, and I didn't think it made any difference at all. Rori is a great kneader and got really stuck in. The dough doesn't need a lot of kneading and if you're after a thin base like we were, there's no need to prove the dough either.

I doubled the dough recipe and yielded 3 large pizzas and one calzone.

We went for a yummy pineapple and veg topping, while the calzone for my Dad, was filled with veggies and chorizo.



We cooked the pizzas on a pizza stone in the oven. The oven was on it's highest setting and I let it heat up for a good half an hour before beginning to cook the pizzas, and the stone was heating in the oven at the same time too.



I brushed a little oil onto the stone to prevent any sticking, rolled the dough (which i had seperated into 4 equal balls) one ball at a time, lifting the flat circle of dough onto the pizza stone. I then cooked the base in the oven without any toppings for around 4 minutes, then added the sauce and toppings and cooked for a further 6 minutes.  I pre-cooked the base a little first as I wanted to ensure the base was cooked thoroughly in the middle before loading on the toppings. The result was a lovely thin and crispy pizza each time.

I wouldn't hesitate to make these pizzas again. Making your own dough from scratch really isnt much hassle and being able to add your perfect toppings is brilliant!



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Friday, 20 October 2017

My Dream Coat! Oslo by Tessuti

I feel like I've finally started kicking off my Autumn/Winter sewing. About time right, I mean it is the middle of October!

We have a trip back to the UK later this month and I am in need of a new winter coat. I decided it was about time I took on a sewing challenge and so sewing my dream coat seemed like it would be the perfect project.




When I happened to stumble across the Oslo Coat pattern by Tessuti, it was pretty much love at first site. I love the simple, tailored feel of the coat, and the gorgeous shawl collar is definitely a bit of me. I've been eyeing up coats exactly like these online and they are in the range of about £200-£300. Which, for a coat, isn't that much I suppose but not something I could justify right now. You can't guarantee the type of labour that's used in the production of fast fashion, and it was just not something I wanted to spend my money on when it would weigh on my conscience so heavily.



Fate stepped in when, just after I had started planning my dream coat, Fabworks had a weekend sale on their wool and I managed to bag 3m of my perfect fabric for £18! I bagged this French Navy Twill for the main fabric of my coat, and also bagged my lining too - this Sapphire Satin Twill. The navy twill is a medium/heavy fabric, and is perfect for the crombie style coat look that I wanted to go for. I chose this lining as I wanted something with a good handle, that wouldn't move around too much when sewing. I went for the sapphire rather than the ink blue as I wanted to have a little contrast in the colours, and for the lining to stand out in it's own right. I am really impressed by both fabrics and would definitely recommend them - especially the lining. I want to buy some of the lining in every colour to be honest - it was so easy to sew with, amazing quality and so cheap too! Only £3 a metre.



The pattern was simple to use and easy to follow. I've never made a fully lined coat before (let alone any type of coat!) and I came into this project with a note of hesitation. I didn't want to get my hopes up too much in case I messed it up! But, with a lot of patience and some help from the Tessuti blog when it came to the lining, hemming and bagging out the coat, the sew went without any hiccups, surprisingly! Bagging out the coat, and sewing the hem was the only time I really had to pause and figure things out. But now that I've done it once, I feel I could do it again without any hesitation.

I stuck the pattern together in one evening. I cut the fabric (main and lining) in another evening. The sew took place over 3 days. I estimate in total that it took roughly 10 hours from to start to finish (including constructing the pattern, ironing the interfacing, the main sewing and the button holes etc.), and for a project of this scale, I think that's a good amount of time to invest for an item of clothing that should last for many years to come. Slow fashion at it's finest.



So to tally up, the main fabric was £6 p/m and I purchased 3 metres. The lining was £3 a metre and I purchased 3m. That's only £27 on fabric! The pattern is 10 australian dollars which works out about £6. I bought good quality interfacing which was around £10, but I still have about half left so we'll call it £5. The buttons came from my stash.

Therefore the total cost for the coat looks like this:

- fabric - £27
- Pattern - £6
- Interfacing - £5

        Total cost: £38

Now, I'm pretty darn pleased with that! What do you think of my new coat? Have you got plans to sew any winter staples?











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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 6 - Pastry Week

The weeks are rolling around so quickly, I can't quite believe it's week 5 already!

We weren't really that prepared for week 5 and to be completely honest, I'm really surprised we managed to bake anything. But a pleasant surprise it was as this weeks bake is my favourite one yet!

When pastry comes to mind, I can't help but think of a pastie. Pasties are the ultimate food! So I thought I would combine my love of pasties with my favourite soup - Leek and Potato - and come up with this yummy recipe.

I used the shortcrust pastry recipe from BBC Good Food, and then I sort of just made the filling up as I went along. These really turned out so delicious, and they were scoffed up in minutes. Logan and Rori loved them so much, I think I've found their new favourite meal, which is great as pasties are so versatile and you can fill them with whatever you have in your cupboards.

The pastry was SO simple to make, it literally took 5 minutes to mix all the ingredients together! I'll be using this recipe again for mince pies at Christmas for sure.

So, here's the recipe for the filling if you'd like to give them a go!



Leek and Potato Pastie Filling

Makes enough for 6 pasties

Ingredients:

- 4 small potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 large leek, sliced
- 2 stock cubes dissolved in 200ml water (veg, chicken or beef will work)
-  knob of butter
- 100g cheddar
- 2 tsp cornflour mixed with a bit of water
- salt and pepper

Method:

1. Heat a knob of butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and fry gently for a couple of minutes. 

2. Add the sliced potatoes to the pan, along with the stock. Simmer for around 20 minutes until the liquid starts to thicken.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornflour mix and stir well. When the juice has thickened up nicely, sprinkle in the cheddar and stir.

4. Allow to cool slightly before filling your pasties!













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Monday, 9 October 2017

Get Spooky With It

I thought I'd best introduce our newest festive design - The Spooky Bra.

Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year, and Halloween in particular. Logan's birthday is at the end of October and so we usually get into the festive spirit with a Halloween party and lots of dressing up.

I bought this Halloween print fabric a couple of years ago and didn't get round to using it (ahem - lost in stash), so when I came across it recently I decided I would make myself the ultimate festive attire - a spooky bra! I popped a photo of it on my Instagram account and to be honest I wasn't quite sure how it would be received...but my followers loved it!

I've made it available as fully customisable - so you can pick to have it nursing or regular, and with or without the cage straps.

It's been going down a treat so far and I've been sewing up spooky bras all week! It is a limited edition though, so it won't be around forever. You can check it out in the shop here.










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Friday, 6 October 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 5 - Pudding Week

Just a quick post this week. After seeing week 5 of the Great British Bake Off and seeing the decadent and delicious melting-middle chocolate puddings, I knew that would be our bake this week!

We found a really easy and simple recipe from Nigella - Molten Chocolate Babycakes.

We whipped these up one lunchtime. The kids pretty much love baking anything with lots of egg cracking, and lots of chocolate bowls to lick. This recipe pulled through on both of those fronts and not only that, it's a really quick and easy bake too.

We served ours with vanilla ice-cream which cut through the rich chocolate nicely. The recipe makes 6 servings, but BE WARNED, they are generous portions and we couldn't finish ours! Although, we did pop leftovers in the fridge and ate them the next day which was still extremely yummy and truffle like once cooled.

Gooey middled, rich chocolate, hot and sticky. The perfect bake.

Here's the recipe, enjoy!

Molten Chocolate Babycakes

serves 6
You will need 6 individual pudding moulds or ramekins, buttered.

Ingredients:

50 grams soft unsalted butter (plus more for greasing)
350 grams best dark chocolate
150 grams caster sugar
4 large eggs (beaten with pinch of salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams plain flour (or Italian 00)


Method:

1. Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6/400ºF, putting in a baking sheet at the same time. Lay 3 of the moulds on a sheet of doubled baking parchment. Draw round them, remove, and then cut out the discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the tins. 

2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter. 

3. Divide the batter between the 6 moulds, quickly whip the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little tins on it and replace in the oven. 

4. Cook for 10-12 minutes (the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the puddings are fridge-cold when you start) and as soon as you take them out of the oven, tip out these luscious babycakes onto small plates or shallow bowls. 

5. Serve these with whipped double cream, the same unwhipped in a jug, creme fraiche, creme anglaise or ice cream.








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Monday, 2 October 2017

We've Joined the Ninery Team!

I'm excited to share the news that a select collection of our products are now available to purchase through Ninery!

Ninery is an online shopping platform and Shopzine which is going to be your one-stop shop for all your mum-to-be and new-mum essentials.

As well as being able to buy pretty much your entire maternity and breastfeeding wardrobe on Ninery, there is also going to be a dedicated 'Bra Hub' which is really exciting. I for one know how tough it can be to hunt down and find a decent fitting, up-to-date maternity or nursing bra, and now you'll have all the most amazing options at your fingertips! There's some amazing brands and we're super proud to be among them.

Go and take a look at Ninery and see what you think,but a word of warning - your bank balance will not be safe!





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Friday, 29 September 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 4 - Caramel Week

I'm actually pretty proud of us that we've managed to keep up with our weekly baking sessions. So far we've had great fun and this week was no exception!

Caramel week. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the idea of making sugar caramel, especially with the children, as it needs to be heated to such a high temperature and sugar burns are no laughing matter.

Luckily I managed to track down a recipe that used condensed milk and golden syrup instead to make a caramel. Although I'm sure this isn't a 'true' caramel (it was a very similar method to making fudge which I did last Christmas), it was a better option for me when taking into account I'd be baking with a 2 and 4 year old.

We used a recipe from the BBC website, which you can find in the link here, and I'll post it below too. It was a really simple recipe, quick and easy to follow. Lots of bits for the kids to get stuck into and most importantly, it made up a delicious treat too!

Therewere a few issues along the way, but none big enough to impact the final outcome. Our shortbread took longer to cook, but I suspect that may be my oven. Also, the caramel did go rather grainy, however once it was placed on top of the shortbread and then covered in chocolate, you couldn't really notice.

Next week is Pudding week and we're super excited for that bake!





Here's the recipe:

Millionaire's Shortbread

Prep time: Less than 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Makes 20 pieces

Ingredients:

For the shortbread:
225g plain flour
175g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar

For the topping:
150g butter
1 x can condensed milk
100g golden syrup
350g chocolate

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Line a 23cm/9in square cake tin with baking parchment. 

2. Combine the flour and butter cubes in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. (Alternatively, you can rub the butter in by hand.) 

3. Add in the caster sugar and pulse again until combined.

4. Tip the mixture into the lined cake tin and spread it out evenly with the back of a spoon. Then press the shortbread down firmly with your knuckles so that it is tightly packed in the tin. 

5. Bake the shortbread for 30 minutes or until very light golden brown. Set aside to cool. 

6. Meanwhile, for the topping, heat the butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a saucepan, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. 

7. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring frequently. The caramel will thicken and turn golden-brown. Set aside to cool slightly, then pour over the cooled shortbread. Allow to cool completely. 

8. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (ensure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), stirring occasionally. 

9. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and set aside until the chocolate has cooled completely. 

10. Cut into squares and serve.


I'll leave you with a few snaps of Logan and Rori, mid-bake!







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Monday, 25 September 2017

Woman Rising Mustard Jacket

I have a huge love affair with the colour mustard right now. I love it so much! Now that it's autumn I feel like I can finally embrace my love of mustard fully as it's such an autumnal colour.

I wanted to play around and try something new with my leather paints and I've had this mustard jacket sat around for a few weeks, dying to be adorned with all sorts of beautiful things.

I wanted to make something beautiful, but powerful and I wanted to push my comfort zone, too. I have an old gardening book that is full of the most amazing botanical and floral sketches and looking through there one evening, I decided to try and emulate the old sketchy vibe of the beautiful photographs in the gardening book, on the jacket.

I really love how the jacket turned out. I love the simplicity and also the message that it puts across. I am a Woman Rising. I'm embracing my inner strength and creativity and I'm growing from that.

Here's some pictures of the jacket. It's also now available to order in my shop (which you can see here). You can choose to have the florals and writing or only the writing if flowers aren't your jam.

Don't forget I also LOVE custom work, so if you have an idea in mind, get in touch and we can make some magic happen.


Woman Rising Hand Painted Mustard Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew





Woman Rising Hand Painted Mustard Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Always and Forever White Glitter Jacket

I've been searching and searching for a good quality faux leather white jacket that I can paint for a bridal jacket idea and I FINALLY came across some.

The thing with faux leather is it can be really, really rubbish OR really, really amazing. I'm very picky about the types of jackets that I work with and I've got no time for that cheap, plasticky faux leather that looks a bit like a bin bag.

All of the jackets that I source to paint are faux leather because, being a vegetarian, animal-friendly products are important to me.

Also, genuine leather is SO expensive. When I set about creating my jackets, I wanted an excellent quality faux leather that could be the real deal, and also it had to be at a low enough price-point to make it more accessible to people. I want people to be able to afford my items and so making an affordable product was at the fore-front of my mind.

I also wanted to play around with a new leather-painting product that I have now - leather glitter paint! Glitter makes everything better, am I right?!

My Always and Forever design features navy font with pale blue drop shadowing (something blue). A gold glitter lightening bolt and gold/pink ombre filled letters on the 'Always'. I wanted to throw a little nod at my Harry Potter loving side, and hence the 'Always' and the lightening bolt. I love that this design is multi-faceted and has some hidden meaning behind it, if you want it to. If I could re-do my wedding, THIS  is the jacket that I would be wearing!


Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew



I currently have two jackets in this design ready to ship in my shop, a size Small (8-10) and a size Medium (10-12). I will also be listing the jackets in all sizes (XS-XL) and making them available to order.

Here's the link if you'd like to take a look!

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew



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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 3 - Bread Week

Bread making is something I've tried my hands at many times, I've even taken a bread making course at a cookery school and I still find it pretty hit and miss. Yeast is one unpredictable beast, that's for sure.

As we all know, kid's aren't the most patient beings, mine included. And so the thought of making a yeast risen bread that needs time to knead and prove with the wildlings filled me with dread.  I just knew it wasn't going to be the best idea and that they wouldn't stay interested.

I searched for an alternative recipe and came across this one - Courgette and Cheddar soda bread. Not only is there no yeast (bicarbonate soda is used in it's place), but it also has hidden vegetables. Win win.



There were many aspects of this recipe that kid's enjoyed getting stuck into. They love measuring ingredients on the scales and, they helped with grating the courgettes and cheese. They particularly liked helping to squeeze the juice from the grated courgette and seeing all of the green water seep out.

Rori helped me to knead the dough as Logan isn't a huge fan of getting sticky hands, and she also helped me to 'paint' the loaf with the egg wash and they both helped to sprinkle the cheese on top.




I found in my oven that the loaf took longer to cook than stated in the recipe, but the oven we have here is a little unpredictable so I wasn't surprised. I also found it a little doughy, however again this could be down to my oven or also the amount of courgette added. The recipe calls for two medium sized courgettes, but doesn't indicate a weight. Everyone's interpretation of a medium courgette could be different and I think mine were more on the large size.

Nevertheless, this was a tasty loaf, an easy recipe to follow and a good introduction to bread making for the kiddies. We tried it fresh from the oven, still warm with butter and also the next morning had slices toasted with poached eggs on top which was delicious!

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it:

Courgette and Cheddar Soda Bread

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Cuts into 12 slices
Easy

Ingredients:

400g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 
2 medium courgettes 
50g rolled oat 
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 
75g mature cheddar, grated 
small bunch thyme, leaves only
 284ml pot buttermilk 
1 tbsp clear honey 
1 egg, beaten 

Method:

1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and dust a baking sheet with a little flour. Place a box grater on top of a clean tea towel and coarsely grate the courgettes. Lift the corners of the tea towel and, holding it over the sink, twist to compact the courgettes and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

2. Put the flour, oats, bicarb and 1 tsp fine salt in a large bowl. Add most of the cheddar (save a little for the top), the thyme and the courgette. Mix the buttermilk and honey, then pour into the flour mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to clump together, then tip onto a work surface and knead briefly to bring all the loose bits together – try not to overwork the dough or the bread will be heavy.

3. Shape into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. Brush with egg and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Use a sharp knife to score a deep cross on top of the loaf, then bake for 40 mins until deep golden brown. Best served warm, but leftovers will keep for 1- 2 days.






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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 2 - Biscuit Week

Who doesn't love a good biscuit, am I right?

The only type of biscuit I've made previously is a cookie, and I'm not sure if that's in it's own category or if it falls under 'biscuit' or not. Cookies are easy peasy and myself and the kids have made various cookies together already and so we wanted to try out something new and flex our biscuit making (and eating) skills this week.

We decided to try Viennese Whirls. One of the bakers actually made Viennese Whirls on the show, and they looked delicious. I had a quick google and once I saw how few ingredients were needed, I was sold.







I took the recipe we used from BBC Good Food which is the bible of cooking recipes in my eyes. The only change I made was using homemade Apricot Jam as the filling rather than the suggested strawberry or raspberry.



They turned our absolutely delicious and the kids scoffed them up in 10 minutes flat (with some help from Nanny and Grandad, of course).






I urge you to try this recipe with your little ones. There's so much for them to get involved with such as the mixing, piping and filling. It's a lovely involved recipe which is fantastic for little helpers!

Here's the recipe if you'd like to give it a go!

Viennese Whirls

Prep: 45 Mins
Cook: 12 mins
Makes 10
Easy

Ingredients:

For the biscuits:
200g slightly salted butter, softened
50g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
2 tsp cornflour
½ tsp baking powder

For the filling
100g butter, softened
170g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g raspberry jam or strawberry jam

Method:

1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for about 5 mins until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat again until fully incorporated.

2. Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder, and fold into the mixture using a spatula until combined (the dough should have a tacky consistency). Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped nozzle. If all the mixture doesn’t fit, do it in 2 batches.

3. Pipe swirly circles 5cm diameter onto 2 baking sheets making sure there are 3cm spaces between each swirl.

4. Bake for 10-12 mins, swapping the trays over halfway through the cooking time so the biscuits are evenly baked, until pale golden and cooked through. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few mins, then transfer to wire racks.

5. While the biscuits cool, make the filling. Put the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar. Stir together initially with a wooden spoon then switch to electric beaters or a whisk to get the buttercream fluffy and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and beat once more to combine. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and snip off the end.

6. Turn the biscuits over so their flat side is facing up then pipe buttercream over half of the biscuits and spread a little jam on the rest. Sandwich a jam covered biscuit together with a buttercream one and repeat until all the biscuits are used up.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Pattern Testing - Sew Me Wear Me Pyjamas

I was accepted recently to be a pattern tester for a new PDF sewing pattern company - Sew Me Wear Me. I was asked to test their pyjama pattern, which was great as I was needing to make a new pair of jammies for Logan who seems to have shot up like a beanstalk recently. The pattern is a classic pair of pyjamas, which has elasticated-waist bottoms and a top with options for long and short sleeves and also a few optional applique designs too.

The pattern is downloaded and printed like any other PDF pattern and was quick and simple to do. I cut a size 4 (As Logan is 4 years old) and went about gathering my supplies.

The pattern has woven bottoms and a jersey top and I happened to have the perfect fabrics in my stash. I bought the bushed cotton which I chose for the bottoms from The Material Girl Horbury on facebook. I *think* it's Michael Miller and I got it from one of the sale albums for £5 a metre! The mustard jersey is from Fabworks and is my favourite colour of all time. I don't think they have any in stock anymore but that was only £3 a metre.

The instructions were simple and easy to follow, and the construction techniques straight forward. I managed to sew these up in about an hour and that included the dinosaur applique on the tshirt (my first ever attempt at applique!).

Logan really loves his new pyjamas and they fit really well. I could have perhaps chosen a size 5 for the trousers as Lo does have long legs, but that would be a choice on my part and not an issue with the pattern drafting at all.

As soon as I finished sewing them up Logan wanted to try them on and dance around whilst I took some photos. He really loves them, and so do I. I love the mix of woven bottoms and the knit top. I can see myself making Logan and Rori some more pairs up to see them through the winter. I think I'll also use the top pattern to sew them up some simple tshirts and long-sleeve tops too to layer up in the colder months.

So to conclude, a really simple and easy pattern to sew, with a lot of scope to personalise how you wish - a great basic pattern that anyone who sews for children should have in their pattern library!








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Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Great Foster Bake Off! Week 1 - Cakes

I don't know about you, but I'm so pumped that a new season of the Great British Bake Off has started! Last year Logan loved to watch the episodes with me and he really loves to bake. We usually bake or cook something together once a week and I have a big notebook that I write every recipe we make together inside (with notes on whether he like it or not and what he would change) so that when he's all grown up he can keep his recipe book and look back over all his favourite recipes! I think it's really important to learn to cook from a young age. It's the norm in society these days to be really disconnected from our food, and I don't want Lo and Rori to grow up like that. We're open and honest about where our food comes from which I think aided Logan's concious decision to become a vegetarian about a year ago at the ripe old age of three. What a wise kid. We rarely eat processed food and getting Lo and Rori involved in the kitchen has really helped them form a healthy relationship with food.

Anyway, I digress...As Logan would be starting school this month if we hadn't decided to take the home-ed route, I thought we should really kick-off our home-ed journey with a project we could all sink our teeth into.

Each week we will be following the theme of the episodes of The Great British Bake Off and trying our hand at some new recipes! As we don't get live UK TV here in Spain, we'll be catching up the day after the episodes are aired and then having our bake-off at the weekend. I'll be documenting each week (triumphs and failures) and I'm excited to get stuck in!

Week 1 - Cake Week

Great Foster Bake Off Week 1 - Raspberry Bakewell Cake


Who doesn't love a cake?! We decided to go for a fruity cake recipe that would make the most of what's in season at the moment and so we went for a Raspberry Bakewell Cake (recipe from BBC Good Food). With only a small amount of ingredients and 5 star ratings already, I thought this recipe would be a full-proof option to ease us into our project.

Logan and Rori both love to help measure the ingredients and mix them together. Cracking eggs is the most exciting task of baking, in their opinion. Well, that and licking the bowl!




The cake mix came together really quickly (easiest cake I've ever made!) and tidy-up time was quick thanks to it all being mixed in one bowl which is a bonus! 

We all tasted a slice after dinner and were all really impressed. As we usually opt for a cake that's either chocolatey or covered in icing, this cake made a welcome change. Lovely and light and fresh. The perfect end-of-the-summer celebration!

We're excited to get stuck into Week 2 - Biscuit week!

Great Foster Bake Off Week 1 - Raspberry Bakewell Cake



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Monday, 21 August 2017

Hopeless Romantic Hand Painted Jackets

I posted a few months ago about finding a new hobby - leather painting. To be honest it's started a whirlwind love-affair and now I can't stop painting ALLLLL THE THINGS!

I started to sell some jackets in the shop and they've had an incredible response! I came up with a design for a jacket that is lover-dovey enough to be  a bridal jacket, but also neutral enough to be worn when you're not getting married too. To me, if I bought a jacket for my wedding day, I'd want to wear it over and over and so, the Hopeless Romantic jackets came into being.

Rock the Frock Bridal Boutique in Essex (the coolest bridal boutique around) stock my jackets and took them along to an incredible photoshoot with Rebecca Douglas Photography who captured some AMAZING images.

HopelessRomantic Hand Painted Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew, Photography by Rebecca Douglas


I've had the chance to do some amazing custom jackets too and I've got some more great custom ideas in the queue along with a few new ideas up my sleeve. I've just invested in some more paint colours, as well as some new painting products that I can't wait to test out!

Blue HopelessRomantic Hand Painted Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew, Photography by Rebecca Douglas



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Friday, 18 August 2017

Paprika Burnside Bibs

When I saw Sew House Seven release the Burnside Bibs pattern I knew I needed it RIGHT NOW. I did buy it and download it and print it out but I only got round to actually using the pattern this weekend.

What I loved about this pattern was that the wider leg, nipped in waist shape. As I experiment more with my wardrobe, I'm finding wearing new colours and new shapes so much fun. I normally stick to a rolled up, peg-leg shape that is looser through the middle. But wearing the Ninni Culottes recently has helped me to embrace a wider leg and learn to love my curves a bit more. The curves ain't going nowhere, they're here to stay so I might as well learn to love them, right?

I hummed and hawed about what fabric to go for. Currently my fabric stash is extensive and so I had a lot of choice. I was going to go for a peachy coloured twill but worried last minute that the fabric might be a bit too heavy. I then thought about black linen but I wanted to be a bit daring and black seemed too safe.

I bought the paprika linen a little while ago, not knowing what I would use it for, but just because I loved the colour. It's from Fabworks (you can see it here) After deliberating with my Mum (as all good sewists should), we decided to go for the paprika. Its a little weighty, but the added elastane would help it to move with my body, and the colour is just too delicious to say no to. I have some yummy autumnal jerseys (mustard, forest green, petrol *heart eyes*) in my stash to make tee's from that would go so well with the paprika, that it was a no-brainer.




I sewed a straight size 16 as this is where my hip measurement fell into. My waist and bust both fit into the size 14, but as I like the bib part on dungarees bigger rather than smaller, I didn't bother to opt for the smaller top size and grade out. Plus as I was opting for version #2 with the drawstring back, a little extra room in the waist wouldn't be an issue.

I wanted the cropped length but as I have ridiculously short legs (27" inseam) , I cut the cropped length off at the smallest size. I still ended up having to cut another 4" or so off once they were made up as laughably the cropped length were full length on my hobbit legs. This was the only thing I had to amend.

I took my time with this sew and I enjoyed it immensely. I double stitched everywhere suggested (topstitching on the pockets etc) but as I only had a single needle I had to slow down and do it all twice. I sewed the dungarees up over 3 evenings (around 1.5 hours the first two evenings and another 30 minutes or so to hem on the final evening), and I'm so happy with the final results.



None of the steps were too challenging, and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I'm already thinking about making my next pair!

I can't express how in love I am with these dungarees. The colour, the shape, the fit...everything about them is perfect. They feel so 'me'!



This feels like my first real experiment with my wardrobe. Stepping out of my comfort zone and trying some new things has really helped to discover something new that works for me. I discovered that I actually really like the larger front hip pockets which is something I usually avoid. I love the wider leg. I love the more saturated block colour and I love the slightly 70's worker vibe of these dungers.

It's also the first sew that has given me a great deal of pleasure and sense of accomplishment. Nothing went wrong on this sew (a rarity for me!). I'm over the moon with all of the detailing and topstitching and feel confident in my sewing skills.

Sewing and wardrobe level up all around and a win for slow fashion!









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