Spicy Sausage Pasta

Amazing Sausage Pasta Recipe

I'm not even sure I should be revealing this recipe as it could well be my undoing. This pasta recipe is my signature dish, the one everyone requests when they come over for dinner, the one I'm asked to bring along to other people's houses for dinner, the one I turn to when I need comfort food.

It's that good

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Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe City Break eBook: Mia Jeans

Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe City Break eBook: Mia Jeans


This is the first pair of jeans that I have attempted to make.  As a follower of many other sewing blogs I've seen masses of Ginger jeans that look great but way too much for me to still have fun with. Up until now I haven't felt that my skill set is up to working with denim, fly zips, or all that beautiful topstitching that you see on jeans. As well as getting them to fit well! The thing is, the skill set still isn't really up to all these things, but this pattern looked like it could circumvent most of that.....

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Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe City Break eBook; Molly top and dress

Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe City Break eBook; Molly top and dress

I have recently realised that I have made a number of pretty dresses that I don't wear very often. I love making them, but think I should direct my sewing efforts to more day to day items. So this autumn I pledged to myself to make no dresses, only casual wardrobe and work items. Then I tuned in to the Sew Over It vlog and saw the launch of the My Capsule Wardrobe; City Break ebook, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist it for long. I didn't. In fact my resistance threshold must have been pretty low that day because I then added a whole bunch of fabric to my basket - enough to make a top, dress, jeans and coat in fact. However, all this is totally wearable everyday right? So fits with my autumn pledge. I plan on having a go at all the patterns in the eBook, but have started out with the Molly top and dress (I know I just said no dresses, this is different though....)
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Lined colour blocked Megan Dress from Tilly and the Buttons


Lined colour blocked Megan Dress from Tilly and the Buttons

Okay, it’s quite clear that I enjoy making patterns from Tilly and the Buttons….because they are so straightforward! I had my eye on this Megan dress ever since I opened up her book ‘Love at First Stitch’, mainly because it looked so pretty and hey, I get to make a dress! I traced off the pattern a very long time ago and then became distracted with other projects for special occasions. Finally I got back to Megan, and decided to make a dress for work. I needed a new dress that was comfortable, conservative and with a small sleeve; Megan definitely fits the bill on this front. However, I ended up making an alteration I didn’t need and now wish I hadn’t.

PS - I've revisited this and made improvements...almost all photos are from my edited version. Details in italics at the end!
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What you need to know when choosing a wedding dress

Choosing a wedding dress - what you don't know until you start looking
Photograph courtesy of Naomi Neoh. Dress featured is Margot, from the new 2017 Eden Collection


Whilst catching up with my newly married cousin we got to talking about the whole choosing a wedding dress process, and how there was so much we didn't know before we started. Some of it was surprising, and in some cases how it all works made a big difference to the choices we made. So here are all the things nobody tells you until you start looking!

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Learning how to sew with sheer fabrics; essential tips and tricks


All you need to know to sew with sheer and slippery fabrics.

If you are thinking of making anything in a delicate fabric you need to know this! Silk, satin, georgette, lace, chiffon...these are all beautiful but, I have discovered, require some specific handling. These fabrics are often not cheap either so making errors can be costly, as well as just heartbreaking as a seamstress. I love wearing sheer fabrics and when I took up dressmaking I had grand visions of whipping up dresses like these floaty numbers....

Learning how to sew with sheer fabrics; essential tips and tricks


...and then realised that this wasn't as easy as I first thought. It is doable though so long as you know these key tips and tricks!

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