The scatty sewer

A scatty sewers journey through the world of sewing

Bella sunshine blog tour

Perfect Summer top for the heat wave

With the heat wave we’ve had in the UK the last thing I wanted to do was sit at a sewing machine making clothes, but needing new tops for special events in the summer you just don’t have a choice, so I waited until it was 9pm before I started sewing as it was ever so slightly cooler ( 23 degrees is usually the mid day temperature in the UK, so having it that temperature in the evening was something were not used too).

Being asked to be part of the Bella Sunshine Summer blog tour is such an honour and the other participants have made some absolutely amazing things, check them out here

I had some lovely poppy fabric bought from Pink Scissors Fabric and you know when you just know what pattern will match the fabric well I just knew the Sahara top by Bella Sunshine patterns would be perfect. The pattern is so straight forward, even a beginner would be able to easily sew this up. I think from pinning to wearing it only took me an hour! Totally brilliant, because in this weather you need to have something that means you only need to spend an hour at the pedal.

And here is the result:

The fit is perfect BTW, usually i have to add a little more for my large back, but I didn’t need too and the fit as you can see is spot on. Im a UK size 16 (40′ bust) and it hits underneath perfectly and the peplum is bang on, brilliant!

As I said in my last blog Im moving and so i wore the Sahara to pack up some of my things into the car, the sahara is so comfy and versatile and I felt like I was smartly dressed, Im one of those people that even if Im painting or cleaning I have to look tidy incase someone comes to the door 🙂

If you haven’t already downloaded the Sahara top then do its a lovely pattern and I have yet to try out the dress version, that will happen after the move when I have my sewing room sorted. Cant wait for the move to be all over and I can show you all my new sewing room, its going to be huge!

Check out the rest of the blog tour here:

Monday: Sew CucioInspinrationIt’s Liesel

Tuesday: Big fly notionsSew4fiveStitched by Jennie

Wednesday: Hazelnut HandmadeCross Stitches custom clothingTurtle Trax Too

Thursday: Jot DesignsBloomingskiesNathalie’s needle

Friday: The bear and pea atelier The Scatty sewerSew Haute Blog

Happy scatty sewing

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New beginnings

I’ve been a little quiet of late and that’s because there has been a multitude of things happening at home.

First we’ve sold our house, yay!

Second I’m in the process of closing my business 🙁

Third my husband and I are buying a restaurant together and moving in above it!!

So testing patterns and sewing in general has been on a bit of a back burner, especially as the World Cup is on as well (I love the World Cup)

I am of course testing one pattern for Ellie and Mac which hopefully will be released soon, it’s lovely and my marathon training is out the window (the heatwave isn’t helping there) but I’m hopeful that soon I’ll get back into some sort of pattern and can get back into my sewing again.

I’ll post as soon as I can

Happy scatty sewing everyone


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Getting ready for Summer blog tour


I have the absolute pleasure to be invited on the Ellie and Mac getting ready for Summer blog tour. Ellie and Mac have some amazing Summer patterns, you could literally create your whole Summer wardrobe just from their amazing pattern library. So Summer is just around the corner and Ive been busy with the Free spirit kimono making.

I was off to the White Island, Ibiza, at the beginning of May for my husbands birthday, so always in need of pool wraps, evening walks on the beach wraps and when your walking back from the bars at 4am and theres a chill in the air wraps, I looked for a simple but very cool Kimono pattern and the Ellie and Mac pattern is just absolutely perfect.


You can make any length you want really and because I’m a lazy sewer I decided that using a fabric that has strips on it so I can cut it quickly without having to mark anything out, this fabric was perfect. Its a chiffon type fabric, as you know Im not brilliant on my fabric knowledge, if it looks pretty and does the job thats the fabric for me LOL. I think I got the fabric from Tilly Bee fabrics Its a lovely aztec design and is light enough for the hot Ibizan sun but thick enough to keep the chill out.

The pattern itself is easy and yet very striking in appearance. It didn’t take me long to make this at all, in fact I think cutting it out took longer, no maybe overlocking (serging) all around the edges was the thing that took the longest, trust me to make a long one. I didn’t bother hemming it apart for the overlocking, because it didn’t really need it, it looks fine with the edging it has, even though there will be some hardened sewers out there tutting at me Im sure, I don’t care I think it looks good like that.


Right I have to make more, for a start my 23 year old daughter wants one to go on holiday and i might make one with a slightly heavier fabric so that its more of a wrap than kimono, for the UK summer, because apart for the one or two days of sun we get over the 3 months of summer the rest of the time its blooming freezing, or raining, or snowing! #britishsummertimeisashocker

Please have a look at all the other contributions to this fabulous blog tour, there have been some amazing makes by my sewing buddies and please check out this brilliant pattern but all the other Ellie and Mac patterns there is literally something for everyone, I have loads of their patterns and they are always well fitting and really fashion forward.

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Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Sewjourns
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots

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The sad tale of my Beautiful Kimono

I made this fantastic Keilani kimono from Petite stitchery, Being released on 18/05/18


isn’t it pretty!

Yeah well someone else from the resort we were staying in thought so too, because that was the one and only time I ever wore it, It got stolen not long after!

I was like a mini detective, watching all the women for the rest of my holiday incase someone was dumb enough to wear it around the pool, but no the thief was a clever gal and must of packed it away for their next holiday. or to sell for exorbitant amounts of Euros as it is a one of a kind, designer piece hahahahahahahaha

I do however have more of this fabric, but not enough and for the life of me cannot remember where I got it from (if anyone recognises it please let me know where its from)

Anyway the Pattern is Free released on Friday from Petite stitchery

And if you see some dodgy looking lady wearing my kimono this Summer tell her I want it back!

Happy scatty sewing everyone xx

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Just thought I’d share

Here are some of my holiday makes

Look at me doing my proper model poses 😂😂😂

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Sewing up a storm!

Well I’m off on my Jollydays again, back to the White Island Ibiza.

As you all know I like to make all my own clothes for my holidays and this time is no exception I have made

1 bonnaroo skirt and the top from George and ginger

2 kimonos one from Ellie and Mac and a new one from Petite Stitchery which has yet to be released but is gorgeous

1 new dress from Sewciety yet to be released but is just stunning for the summer

1 pair of new hot pants from George and ginger

1 new lea swimsuit from Laela Jayne

So I’m going to take pics in Ibiza of all these wonderful things and post them later ( well the ones I can, you’ll have to wait for the release date for some)

Right I’m going to make sure everything is packed and I’m off, so I’ll love you and leave you, Happy scatty sewing ❤️❤️

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It’s gonna be May blog Tour

Its Gonna Be May

This is so exciting to be part of this wonderful Blog tour with Petite Stitchery this is my first blog tour and its been such an amazing experience.

Each day six different bloggers will be showcasing petite stitchery and co patterns, which did I pick??? Obviously it was going to be the sunflower dress as I am a complete hippy dippy chick and this just called to me. Find the pattern here Sunflower dress

So the sunflower dress is one of those you can dress up with a cute pair of heels or dress down with a pair of daps, either way it looks cool. It has three lengths mini (for those who have good legs), Knee length and the maxi version. This pattern is for woven fabrics, like chiffon, cottons, crepe or anything floaty really.

I went a little left field with my choice of fabrics as I had the most amazing Chiffon from Tilly Bee fabrics which I just had to use, but unless everyone would be happy seeing my knickers and bra through it I needed a lining, fair enough a nice bit of white cotton….. do you know how hard it is to get 2 meters of just plain white cotton in the UK delivered next day! Not very easy I can tell you and the delivery charges are just stupid! So I went down to Asda and picked up a plain white double bed sheet for £7, lovely quality it is too.

Now as we all know chiffon is not the easiest fabric to work with, so I would implore anyone wishing to use it to put themselves in a very good and happy mood before they start, because if you start off in a fowl mood you will soon be throwing your beloved fabric scissors at the wall screaming ‘It’s all your fault you pair of *!*!*!*!*!*!*!*’ and your neighbours will be ringing the police with concerns about your mental health, not speaking from experience of course.

So putting myself in a good mood (I watched a couple of episodes of Benidorm, that did the trick) I started to pin and cut the beloved but nightmarish chiffon. Of course its not just the pinning and danger of snagging the material thats the problem, its the slipping, the fraying and the sewing of this ridiculously fragile fabric (oh why did I start this). The good thing about the sunflower pattern is that its very clearly marked and easy to cut around unlike more complicated patterns, which would have made my life so so much harder and it’s only 4 parts to the pattern.

Because I was making a lining to go with the chiffon overdress it made sewing the chiffon that little bit easier, plus the instructions are scatty sewer proof, not an easy thing to do as I quite often just miss whole pages of instructions and have to get the seam ripper out to help me out of my mistake. Sewing it together took no time at all. You can make the dress with a lovely ruffled hem, but Im not a ruffled hem sort of girl…. well sometimes I am but on this dress I just wanted clean lines so I went ruffle-less.

So luckily in the UK this week we were having a bit of a heatwave so I was able to get some lovely shots it was a bit windy in the castle and I did have to dodge the sheep droppings, there aren’t normally sheep in the castle but being Wales… well there are sheep everywhere, I once opened my front door to a sheep and a chicken oh and a cow across the road!

So here’s what I made:

So the bottom half is chiffon only and floats around while my honor is being protected by the underskirt, although on a windy day like today it would have been hard to keep anything from blowing up on that bridge, and even though it was sunny that wind was a little chilly 😵


BTW that’s my cat Puss she’s also my sewing helper, well she runs through my fabric and scrunches it up then runs away again!


Southern Belle Fabrics is running a giveaway here“>giveaway who are sponsoring this blog tour so pop along, you never know you might win and check out their great fabrics here Southern Belle and the amazing sunflower pattern from Petite Stitchery

Please checkout all the other blogs on this amazing sewing blog tour and remember happy scatty sewing 😉❤️❤️

April 22nd:


Kathy’s Kwilts


Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:


Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi


Laela Jenye pattern trio

I was fortunate enough to be chosen to test all three patterns for Laela Jenye patterns, all on sale right now Get them here now

The cosette top

The Lea swimsuit

The Josephine dress

All brilliantly designed and beautiful. The cosette top is a woven and I used a lightweight cotton which is going to be great in the summer, the sleeves are tulip shaped and a beautiful design detail, but there are lots of different options for sleeves.

The Lea swimsuit can be very sexy if you leave out the front panel, but no one wants to see my saggy old ladies so I used a bit of street hair lace to cover them up a bit. But the fit is absolutely superb on this pattern, I’ve made many swimsuits/ bikinis and some patterns are completely out there with the fit but Marisa got this spot on, everything is being held in well 😉

The Josephine dress in jersey is just absolutely stunning! I mean that! I never make solid coloured clothes, they always have a wacky print, but for the first time in a long time I made a solid coloured dress and I’m so glad I did, it’s beautiful with its drop down back and flirty skirt. This one is coming to Ibiza with me for sure.

So those are my 3 latest makes and what brilliant patterns they were, thank you Marisa and I hope to do more testing for you xx

Happy scatty sewing everyone


Laela Jeyne patterns


Busy busy bee (buzz buzz)

Ive had a couple of busy weeks testing for designers from all over the world. So shall we have a look at what Ive been up too?

Moon Pants by Sinclair patterns

Sinclair patterns

An incredibly versatile pattern, I made the full length version, but you can make the culottes or shorts with options are brilliant, I’m making a pair of culottes for my upcoming trip to ibiza.

Pacific pullover by Greenstyle creations

Greenstyle creations

I love this running top pattern, mainly because the designer has incorporated elements that runners need, like a deep pocket big enough to accommodate my iPhone plus, also the amount of different options in endless, hoods, sleeves, pockets, everything.

Luna Bells by Sew sweet

Sew sweet patterns

Flairs are back and these trousers are a great example of a a good failed trouser, so comfortable to wear, I’ve been wearing them ever since I made them.

Gloria dress and top by 5 out of 4

5 out of 4 patterns

I tested the Jessie pattern for 5oo4 not so long back well I was honoured to test this one too. The Jessie is a top and dress pattern with split sleeves and loads of options. I made the peplum top wit split sleeves and the hi/low dress option with split sleeves which I sewed up in the middle so that the flap wasn’t as big. Great pattern from 5 out of 4 patterns, a favourite of mine already.



And a few more Im still not allowed to show you yet, because we are still testing.

in other news I made a George and ginger Rulo dress for Easter Sunday, which was well received.


and Im joining a blog tour for May so details of that to come….

Remember Happy Scatty sewing xx


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The Belle of the ball

The new pattern by ‘wardrobe by me’ is an absolute essential flirty feminine skirt perfect for the summer.

The Belle skirt is so pretty, it flows out from a your waist and is incredibly flattering, I am a size 16 and I found it made me feel like regal lady in my fine dress.

I used a 100% cotton from my stash, I haven’t a clue where I picked it up from 😂, it was a really small black and red check although you can’t really see it in the pictures. I fancy making my next out of a linen mix maybe, but cotton is so easy to work with and to be honest because I pattern test for so many American designers who tend to favour jersey blend fabrics, I haven’t worked in cotton for over a year, so it was nice to get back to it.

I chose not to do the belt ties and tie option, but it looked just as good without, I just don’t really like belts and that, I know I’m a funny sod 😂😂

When I was taking pic’s typically the weather was dull and rainy so I ended out in my back garden dodging the showers, pity really as the pics would have been so much nicer if the sun had come out.

So the Belle skirt from wardrobe by me on sale until April the 4th from £6.34 from £7.74

But the Belle skirt here


Happy scatty sewing xx

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