Review: Sheona Dress & Top by Athina Kakou

October 16, 2018
I loved the energy behind SMYLY patterns - their byline was 'sewing makes you love yourself', and the movement helped me to make massive leaps in personal confidence and see myself in a more positive light. Sadly, SMYLY patterns are no longer running but the ethos behind them lives on in one of the SMYLY co-founders brand in her own name Athina Kakou. So you can only imagine my...
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My Sewing Book Collection

October 6, 2018
Have you ever suddenly looked at your bookshelf and realised that you have accumulated a load of sewing books that you've never used? This happened to me, and today I am sharing with you - via Youtube - the books I have and my initial thoughts of them.
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I Made 4 Men's Shirts - Simplicity 8427

October 6, 2018
I’ve been promising my husband a shirt for two years now. As you may have seen in my purple paisley shirt review, I finally got around to it. Us dressmakers are not one for selfless sewing, are we? I don’t know about you but unless it’s for me, it isn’t half as exciting! Read on to see my strategy for making not one, but four shirts for him.
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Welcome to Penguin and Pear Dressmaking... again!

October 6, 2018
Some of you will know I have spent the last five years working in the charity sector as an administrator; back in May of this year I decided (and my health helped me along) that it was time to try something new. As I have an avid nay passionate interest in sewing and dressmaking, I thought it may be fun to go down that route.
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Review: Sheona Dress & Top by Athina Kakou

I loved the energy behind SMYLY patterns – their byline was ‘sewing makes you love yourself’, and the movement helped me to make massive leaps in personal confidence and see myself in a more positive light. Sadly, SMYLY patterns are no longer running but the ethos behind them lives on in one of the SMYLY […]

My Sewing Book Collection

Have you ever suddenly looked at your bookshelf and realised that you have accumulated a load of sewing books that you’ve never used? This happened to me, and today I am sharing with you – via Youtube – the books I have and my initial thoughts of them. Do you recognise the books I share? […]

I Made 4 Men’s Shirts – Simplicity 8427

I’ve been promising my husband a shirt for two years now. As you may have seen in my purple paisley shirt review, I finally got around to it. Us dressmakers are not one for selfless sewing, are we? I don’t know about you but unless it’s for me, it isn’t half as exciting! Read on […]