MONETA PARTY – my film noir version…


Moneta Party Time!!

As of yesterday and until tomorrow night 3 of my favourite sewing ladies, Elle (Sew Positivity), Rach (Rach Against The Sewing Machine) and Abi (Sew Abigail) are hosting a totally brilliant online sewing party that I’m sure is no news to any of you! It’s all about making and showing of your version of the brilliant Collette pattern – The Moneta Dress!

I decided to get pattern hacking for this one (and basically for the first time ever) to get a vintage, film noir inspired monochrome Moneta to party in…

HUGE thanks to my gorgeously generous husband for the photos and to the shop keepers of Crouch End for letting us use their walls!

I made the pattern exactly as is but added a yoke with a higher neckline and a self drafted pointed collar with a wide silk ribbon for a touch of glamour! I also made and added piping to the yoke seam which I love and have started a new obsession with piping and my new found love – the overlocker piping foot! WOW!

I also did my first ever toile!!

A very wearable one luckily – I just wanted to play around with collar shapes and check the yoke was in the right place… and then I could cut into the main fabric I had been saving! I changed the collar to be sharper and added piping and the ribbon bow for extra interest!

The fabric is all from my stash and I’m so happy to finally use the flocked mesh I bought when I first started sewing!

I just got lightroom so had a lot of fun adding the film noir style frames to this lot!

I also made a vlog (with the lovely Megan along for some of it) to accompany this blog here:

We’re all about the Moneta Party love!!

I’m having so much fun instastalking the #monetaparty tag – are you or have you already joined in?! I want to see!!

Lots of love and happy Moneta-ing!

Gabberdashery’s Goodybag Giveaway!!

Nov 17, 2016 | Posted by in competitions, giveaway, VLOG | 2 comments


Hello duckies!

I have the most amazing goodybag giveaway happening on my vlog and I wanted to share it here too as everyone should have the chance to win this incredible prize!

A little bit about the goodies…

I’m so thankful to 3 of my favourite fabric shops for providing these amazing items:

*** White Tree Fabrics ***

Gutermann Thread Kit
Stretch Sateen Floral Print


*** Minerva Crafts ***

Cherry Spotty Cotton Poplin
Green Tartan
Clover Pompom Maker


*** Girl Charlee ***

BOLT RANGE Sparkle Stag

BOLT RANGE Gold Sparkle Spot


And from me –

Great British Sewing Bee ‘From Stitch To Style’ Book
Tilly & The Buttons Tote Bag

& probably some sweets and other little goodies!! 😉




To enter the competition…
Watch the video and tell me in the VIDEO COMMENTS what you would make with ANY or ALL of the goodybag items!!

***You MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER of my channel to enter so if you aren’t already please subscribe to enter!***

I will choose ONE comment to win so be creative and think outside the box!

Please feel free to pass this onto friends, family, your cat with an instagram profile by using the tag #gabberdasherygoodybaggiveaway

ALL COMMENTS MUST BE IN BY 1ST DECEMBER – 9AM GMT – So I can choose the winning comment and DO A LIVE STREAM to announce the lucky goodybag winner!!

Sew much love,


Sep 2, 2016 | Posted by in competitions, patterns, VLOG | 1 comment

Happy Fridaaay!

Wowzers I have been up against it the last two weeks – I really gave myself so much to do and have forgotten what sleep and eating at normal hours are! Last night, after supper at 11pm and editing videos till 4am, I realised I seriously need to get back to a much more disciplined schedule so I’m starting that today… I am being very naughty as I’m meant to be ‘looking after myself’ at the moment – I’ve only just stopped being radioactive after my treatment – oopsadaisy… but you know what? I love being busy.

All the things I am doing, I love to do…

  • lots of sewing for two massive opportunities, photographing those makes and blogging them :

Big Vintage Sew-a-long

Refashioners (this took weeks!)

  • vlogging – this last one took 10 hours to edit!!! Normally they take 3/4hrs
  • recording and putting out a new song, all the promo/pushing that goes with that
  • sorting out my lovely Simple Sew Bloggers Team
  • massive amounts of DIY on finishing Stephen’s summerhouse (it’s amazing!) and resorting my own summerhouse where we are fitting new shelves for my sewing patterns (this last bit has been mostly Stephen as I have been too busy to join in – what a legend he is!)
  • and walking that dog!

So it’s all about trying to use every bit of time to the best of my ability and some serious multitasking – does anyone have any suggestions as how they utilise their time efficiently?!

Anyway- that’s just a massive tangent (I’m good at those!) as I’m here for much more exciting things…


NEW VLOG! It’s Megan and I making a Batwing Top from Chinelo Bally’s amazing book Freehand Fashion from the lovely Pavillion Books

This is a longer one as we go through it step by step and also have a mini Twin Needle tutorial as well as obviously lots of general silliness… maybe our silliest yet?!

Can we just have a minute to laugh at our doppelganger photoshoot – the two on the right (or is it left?!) are the models from the actual book!!!

BatwingDuo Photography by Klarke Caplin – who is a lovely seamstress too!

Annnnd it’s time to announce the winner of the V2903 Vintage Pattern from this blog.


I used a random generator and the winner is…

Tracey Bingham


I will be in touch to get your address for Butterick to send you your free pattern!

THANKYOU to all that entered- I have other giveaways coming so watch this space!!

Before I forget – I AM SELLING SEWING STUFF – If you happen to be in London on Sunday morning, I will be selling at Chiswick Car Boot and I’ll have lots of sewing bits and pieces including some amazing fabrics!! Come and say hello!

Rightyho off I go, got to see a man about a dog (this is literally true as I’m about to tell my husband to get out of bed so we can walk Hobbes- hahahahah!!)

Sew much love,


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