Maybe I should just rename this the Twice a Year blog…..

What can I say… life, work, dissertation (I passed!!), house move (we’re now in Bristol)… but there has been some sewing:

really chuffed with this topstitching

really chuffed with this topstitching


my first fly zip


love the pocket lining

Do you know what it is yet?

Yup, it’s the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt


I really need to do something about my expression in photos…

although my version isn’t quite a mini.  I used some black denim from The Nylon Shop in Bristol (getting my priorities right when exploring a new town) and made a standard size 6 but added 4 inches to the length.  I was a bit worried about the fly zip as it’s the first time I’ve inserted one but Jen’s photo tutorial made it really easy.

Kathryn’s Twenty Top Tips for Topstitching really helped as well.


Double topstitching! (please excuse the cat hair)

The only things I’d add are that I used my practice scrap behind my presser foot to keep it level when sewing over seams and I used the edge stitch foot that came with my machine (like this) to keep the stitching line even.

The top is another me-made based on the SBCC Tonic T-shirt pattern (a free download) which I converted to long sleeves using Jen’s long-sleeved scout variation tutorial.  The collar is a narrower version of the collar from V8597 (several unblogged versions of this also made) and the fabric is a cotton/lycra jersey from Fabricland (yes, we’ve got a Fabricland shop in Bristol!)

What happened to this blogging lark then?

Um……..dunno is the answer.

I don’t know about you, but as I get older the time just seems to disappear.  There has been some sewing going on, quite a lot of knitting (surprisingly for me), but not a lot of mini-ing.

We’re just back from visiting my mother-in-law in rural Aberdeenshire where this:

Red squirrel on a peanut feeder

Meet Tufty the red squirrel

was the view from the kitchen window.  However; we had to extend our visit by a week so as a result I’m now frantically trying to catch up with research for a dissertation which is due in the middle of August.

There is some sewing going on which involves these:

Remnants of a man's shirt

Guess what this started as?

Seven yards of handmade bias binding

Handmade bias binding (don’t use the steam setting on your iron – you’ll scald your fingers!)

(did you know you can get seven yards of bias binding just from the sleeves of a man’s shirt?)


Summer holidays

We’ve been back from our summer holidays for a week now so I thought I’d show you something of where we’ve been:

Muir of Dinnet – Aberdeenshire

Burn o, Vat

The Burn o’ Vat “cauldron”

Grey wagtail

where this little grey wagtail had a nest

Burn o' Vat waterfall

the waterfall

Entrance to Burn o' Vat cauldron

and that’s the way in

wild mushrooms

Wild mushrooms!

Loch Kinord

The view over to Loch Kinord

Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument:

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle

The Great Hall

The Stirling Heads

The Stirling Heads – painted replica heads in the Great Hall

The Stirling Palace Tapestries

The Stirling Palace Tapestries – medieval tapestries re-created specially for the Palace

Campsie Hills from Stirling Castle

Looking over the town of Stirling towards the Campsie Hills from the castle

Stirling Castle from the Wallace Monument

The view of Stirling Castle from the foot of Wallace Monument

The Wallace Monument

Looking up at the Wallace Monument – no, I didn’t climb it – I’ve no head for heights!

You can’t see it from these photos, but it rained or drizzled every single day – typical Scottish weather for July!