How to Shorten a Kilt or Pleated Skirt

It’s the beginning of the first school term here in NZ and with that comes school uniforms. Many colleges (high schools) require girls to wear kilts and sometimes these need alteration.

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Kilts come and go from fashion trends too, so of course this tutorial may be handy for refashionistas too.

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Hello popular-UK-store-selling-skirts-similar-to-the uniform-I’m-altering! Awkward. Continue reading

How to Sew In-Seam Pockets

In-seam pockets are sewn right into the side seams of a dress or skirt and are practically invisible when done well.

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There’s nothing like a handy pocket on your favourite dress and these are seriously some of the easiest pockets to make. Great to add in when you’re refashioning too. You don’t even have to use matching fabric. Just as long as your fabric choice is lightweight (to avoid adding bulk) and complimenting in colours (in case it peeks out a little). Continue reading

Book Rave: The Crafty Minx at Home

I’m quite the fan of Kelly Doust and her Crafty Minx books.  They all have a lovely DIY element to them, but what I adore the most is the way she inspires the reader in such a unique way.

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Doust has been crafting and revamping vintage finds since she was a girl and her latest book, “The Crafty Minx at Home” abounds with DIY projects and vintage inspiration for each room of the home. Continue reading

No Sew Tutu

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The internet is swimming with tutorials for No Sew Tutu’s exactly like this one. Maybe it’s because they are just so ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make.

What? You haven’t seen it 23 times elsewhere yet? Fantastic! Because I’ve also written a tutorial here just for you. Continue reading

Dolly Donations

DollsI unfortunately can’t take credit for all these dolls. My friend Kris made four in the time it took me to make one! Her two are on the left and Poppet cried when I took the pink one away from her.

I recently stumbled across the incredible website “Dolly Donations”, which assists those who wish to make dolls for children in need. Continue reading