How To Sew | easy 5 minute waistband

4.22.2014


Maybe it's just me, but I think maxi skirts should be as easy to make as they are to wear. 

Out of all the maxi skirts I've made in my time, this tutorial has got to be my favourite way to make a perfectly fitting maxi skirt with a super easy waistband. Seriously, I went from fabric to skirt in less than 2 hours. Sweet.


I made this DIY maxi skirt a-g-e-s ago (which explains the significant lack of bump), but the maxi skirt is essentially the same. Just made more awesome with these simple pockets.


So will you be giving this tutorial a go? Will you be spending your summer swanning around in maxi skirts, or have you got some other summer staple that takes your heart? 


Tutorial | easy ombre egg piñata

4.16.2014

Ombre easter egg piñata DIY
It's almost Easter time and what better way to celebrate Easter than with a colourful, egg-shaped piñata?

Erm, ok. Maybe piñatas don't scream Easter, but they're fun and full of candy. And if we make them egg shaped than they're totally Easter worthy. Right?

Ombre easter egg piñata DIY

What will you be up to over Easter? Will you be making your own ombre piñata of joy, or have you got some other rockin' Easter traditions that will win out? We're keeping it super low key this year, well, apart from the piñata. And mountains of mini eggs.

To get the how to on making this lovely ombre egg piñata, head on over to Tuts+.

How To Sew | sew pockets in 5 easy steps

4.15.2014

sew pockets in 5 minutes
Am I the only person with a serious weakness for pockets? I just can't seem to get enough of them these days.

I'll be honest, when I first started sewing, pockets kinda spoked me a little. But turns out pockets are literally one of the easiest things to sew, and if I had more time (and was a bit friendlier with my seam ripper) you'd find me adding pockets to everything.

And, hey, you know me by now, I'm all about easy and this tutorial has got to be the easiest way to add pockets. 

I've chosen to show you using the easy maxi skirt pattern, but you could do this for any pattern. Aces, right?

So, are you keen to dip your toe into the wonderful world of pockets? Are you joining in with the merry maxi skirt making? Would love to hear from you.

Happy sewing lovely people!

Worried about working with jersey? Never fear - check out my 3 killer tips for working with knits.

Tutorial | 10 minute maternity band

4.10.2014

easy 10 minute maternity band DIY

Thanks so much for all your help with my maternity style dilemma the other week. I'm still working through how to be a mama and be stylish. Dressing this (constantly) growing bump isn't always easy! 

I don't want to bore the socks off of non-pregnant people, but I really wanted to share my new favourite pregnancy wardrobe addition - the maternity bump band.  

easy 10 minute maternity band DIY

It's basically a stretchy tube that you wear over non-maternity jeans or trousers. You can then leave your favourite non-maternity jeans (or trousers) unbuttoned without fear of flashing the whole world. 

Honestly - it really does help keep your jeans up. 

easy 10 minute maternity band DIY

I've tucked a tank under the bump band (it's still a little chilly around here) but you could just wear the band itself.

And have I mentioned what an easy DIY this is? This is literally one of the easiest things I've ever made. It takes all of 10 minutes to whip up and you can use leftover stretchy fabric. 

What's not to love, right? 

DIY maternity style at 29 weeks

I love the fact that I'm still able to wear my favourite skinny jeans at 29 weeks! And to everyone else it just looks like an extra layer. 

Shh... it'll be our little secret. 

DIY maternity style at 29 weeks

bump band: DIY | jeans: Gap | top: thrifted | cardigan: UNIQLO | bag: vintage | shoes: New Look | necklace: DIY (find the tutorial here

How To Sew | easy DIY maxi skirt pattern

4.08.2014

This has to be one of the easiest patterns I've ever shared. I wanted to keep the pattern as simple as possible, but also give you a skirt with an killer fit. 

All you need is 4 measurements and a bit of very basic math. Hooray for easy patterns! 

I've written the instructions below, but to be fair, this pattern is so easy you probably don't need them. 

And don't forget to let me know how you get on. 

Happy sewing!

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