Monthly Archives: August 2019

closet case patterns – floor pouf

I’m sure that anyone who sews has run into this problem: what do I do with all my scraps of fabric?

For the majority of my sewing life, I was putting them in the bin. I just didn’t know what to do with them. Of course, the bigger bits I kept for future projects, but I couldn’t keep everything. Then I heard that you could recycle your fabric scraps at H&M. So that’s where I would take my bags of scraps until we moved away from the city.

These bags have since been accumulating under my sewing desk, taking up my foot room. Something had to be done. I remembered that the girls from Closet Case Patterns had a free pattern for a big floor pouf that you could not only make from scraps, but also fill with your scraps!

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It’s pretty hard to take a nice picture of a sad, half-filled pouf, but I did my best! While I could have gone for the patchwork vibe, I decided to make the entire thing out of this striped cotton fabric that used to be a curtain.

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I wasn’t overly concerned with pattern matching, some stripes do not line up, but the overall look is pretty good. I also made the piping from the same fabric.

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The zipper on the bottom is such a great idea, initially, I thought it would be worked into the side seam somehow, but this is (obviously) a much better place for it.

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I made the suggested inner bag to hold all the scraps from some mesh that was in my stash. My drawstring is a packing ribbon from Tessuti (which I always save).

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This thing isn’t even half full yet, and it weighs a tonne! I can’t wait to see it all puffed and filled to the brim. The only thing is, once it is full, where do I put my scraps?!

I’ll have to make another pouf! And so the cycle continues!

Mitty x

alter it august 2019

I’ve had this dress for at least 8 years now, maybe more. I was working in a dress shop in my home town when I bought it, and I don’t remember it fitting as badly then as it does now. It may look like it fits, but I promise you, it flattens my boobs to the point that it’s almost painful to wear.

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Yes, adorable, I agree, but I can’t wear it for more than a few minutes at a time. Why do I still have it then? I always thought I could cut it up into something new, but clearly never got around to it. Then I came across the sewing challenge “Alter It August” hosted by SewNorth.

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The challenge is quite simple; look in your wardrobe for something that doesn’t get worn, that you can change/mend/up-cycle into something that you will wear. This dress was the perfect candidate.


Initially I had hoped to get a skirt, a cami and a hair tie out of this dress, but once I started cutting it apart I quickly realised that was not going to happen.


The skirt is very basic, gathered onto a straight waistband, with an invisible zipper at the back. I used the mighty long ties from the original dress and cut them down to be a bit shorter. I sewed these into the waistband side seams so I can tie them together at the front or back of the skirt.


With the last scrappy bits of the ties, I pieced them together and made a headscarf. It isn’t very straight (or neat), but you can’t tell when it’s tied up in my hair. It gives me major Minnie Mouse vibes.


I’m very happy with the end result, and I promise that this skirt will get much more wear than the original dress ever did. What to alter next?!

Mitty x

winslow culottes – a wearable toile

One of my first jobs was working at Baker’s Delight, a classic-style bakery franchise. The uniform included culottes. They were absolutely hideous, I hated wearing them, but I did because it got rather hot behind the counter.

Never (!) did I think I would want to sew, let alone wear, a pair of culottes. Then, Helen from Helen’s Closet released the Winslows.

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These are the floatiest, most stylish culottes I have ever seen or worn. I think the simple inverted box pleats work so well with a fussy print like this.

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Clearly I am having too much fun in these! I honestly couldn’t help but swish around.

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Oh yes, this baby has pockets too! I’m not sure I’ll be putting much in them though, this rayon fabric is very soft and I think anything too heavy would distort the silhouette. However, it is lovely to have them there to slip my hands into.

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These were always intended as a toile for my Frocktails outfit, but I am so pleased with how they turned out that I’m sure they will get a good workout over Spring/Summer.


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet
  • Style, size: Midi length, size 12
  • Fabric: 100% rayon “Night Garden” (that’s been sitting in my stash for about 5 years) from Spotlight
  • Notions: Iron on fusing, invisible zipper, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Ended up taking 4cm out of the waistband (1 cm from the back, and 1/2cm from the side seams, which I created). To fit the pants into the waistband, I took them in by 1/2cm at both side seams, the front seam and the back seam. I could probably just make a straight size 10 next time.
    • 4cm off the hem length.

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These culottes ticked so many boxes for me, I got to use fabric from my stash, I perfected the fit, and I completed another project from my Make Nine 2019 list. Happy days!

Mitty x


stellan tee x 4

Please don’t judge me for the amount of pictures of myself in this post! Hahah!

I love wearing a good T-shirt, the right style can be very flattering and chic. There are so many T-shirt patterns available, but I hadn’t really found ‘THE’ pattern that ticked all my boxes, until now!

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Hello Stellan! This is a free pattern by French Navy and it has proven itself as my go-to, always reliable T-shirt pattern.

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Sarah-May (the pattern designer) describes it as “boxy, but still slim, with a high neckline and long sleeves”. I know it’s just a T-shirt, but every element is perfect and well plotted.

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I love it so much, I made 4 versions in a week! Each has a slightly different finish to the sleeve hem, which I will detail towards the end of this post.

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The hem shape on this pattern is lovely, it’s slightly curved, coming up a bit higher at the hips, but not so much that it is difficult to turn up.

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While it looks great sewn up in a jersey with a bit of structure, I also love how it looks in something with a bit more drape. This maroon version is made from Merino Wool jersey, and it’s just beautiful to wear.

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MBM_Stellan White V2 01

Yes, I made two white T-shirts! But as you can see, this version is much softer than the first. This jersey is lightweight, perfect for tucking into high waisted jeans.

So what fabrics did I use, and what are the different sleeve hem finishes? Let’s get into that.

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MBM_Stellan White V1 04

MBM_Stellan Maroon 04

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  • Fabric: 100% cotton jersey, “Pillow White” #2299 (no longer available) from The Remnant Warehouse
  • Sleeve finish: Cut and left raw


  • Pattern brand/name/number: The Stellan Tee by French Navy
  • Style, size: Size M
  • Fabric: As listed above
  • Notions: Matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: None to the actual pattern, just the different sleeve finishes

I am so glad that I’ve found ‘THE’ T-shirt pattern, I think it’s just perfect, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have another version cut out ready to sew up!

Thanks if you made it to the end of this post!

Mitty x