Inspiring Makes on Pinterest

The social media aficonados among you are sure to be avid fans of image-based site Pinterest already.

For those of you who aren’t pinning like there’s no tomorrow, it’s basically an online inspiration board, akin to a scrapbook or a mood board. It’s a nice way to bookmark your favourite tutorials on a visual basis, for example.

Eagle-eyed readers and those of you who follow me on Pinterest already will notice my first board is dedicated to inspiring makes, where I’ve started collating some of my favourite sewing makes from the big talents on the sewing blogosphere. Sometimes, the best way to improve your stitching is by taking inspiration from other stitchers.

Source: via Elena on Pinterest

Take Angela from Sew I Thought, for example. After a bit of a blogging hiatus, she’s back with some blooming beautiful creations, including this bowtastic blouse made from Simplicity 2154, a reissue of a 1960s pattern. It’s very Mad Men, don’t you think?


Continuing with the vintage theme, how fantastic is Erika’s blue rose party dress? She’s really made the most of the panelled fabric and the little ric-rac details add a real professional touch.

If you want to see more Inspiring Makes, check out my board on Pinterest and get following if you have an account. Would you guys be interested in regular updates on the blog about inspiring projects I’ve been pinning?

Where in the world is Len?

York Minster by Toby Shuttleworth

This week and next week I’m actually in the lovely city of York doing a work placement at the local paper, The Press. It’s classic local journalism at its best and I’m having a whale of a time.

Unfortunately, I’m without regular internet access and my sewing machine, hence the lack of posts this week! Never fear, I’ll try and get some done over the weekend when I get a chance to gander into the town centre with my laptop in tow. For anyone who’s visiting York anytime soon, the city centre has free Wi-Fi, courtesy of the council. Excellent.

I’ll write about my adventures in more detail when I get a chance, but highlights include meeting the lovely Tabatha of Thread Carefully in person for cream teas at the renowned Betty’s tea rooms (she even wore her newly-sewn Taffy blouse!) and having a go at Lindy hop earlier this week.

Oh I should also say now, I am planning to take part in Me Made May! I’ll update properly on my rules as soon as I get a chance. I’ll actually be in Brighton for some of it, how cool is that?

I shall leave you with the dress which has taunted me on my walk to and from the Press. York has more vintage shops than you can shake a stick at, and this  beauty just keeps calling out to me.


Can you hear it too? Unfortunately the bank balance isn’t looking too healthy, so I may have to cover my eyes when I walk past tomorrow.