New Online Fabric Shop and talking hats


Online Fabric Shop

I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time but I’ve been busy opening my own brand new online fabric shop over the summer.

online shop open

I think I mentioned it before that it was in progress but back at the end of July – I took receipt of my first shipment of fabric – a pallet load. I’ve been busy since getting my website up and running – a job that will never be finished, marketing, selling, making stuff with the fabrics and all of that. The boys were also on their very looong summer holidays until last week so its been busy.

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Check it out – here is the new arrivals page.

OK, moving on……


Since the boys are back in school I now have most of the day mon – fri to get stuff done and hopefully I’ll have time to spend a few minutes on my old blog. I have a new blog on the website if you want to have a gander. I’ll keep this one going too – it might feel like a bit of an escape from the business end of things. This ones going to be for fun.

When I was sewing as a teenager – the year I did my leaving cert (end of secondary school) I started making hats – floppy hippy types of hats. I think it was a bit of a release from all the stress of studying and the exams, I decided after wearing a different one every week to the pub and Carrick Springs (the hotspot at the time) I would make them to sell at the Fleadh Ceoil. Its an annual Traditional Music Festival. Those were the days when there were few summer jobs (1991) so money was scarce. I made enough money the first year to pay for my weekend of divilment.

I had forgotten about that summer of hats, and of course I don’t have any hanging around or any photos. I even made flat caps for my dad and some of my uncles. What’s reminded me of this is my husband wears flat caps and loves them. But he has a big head. He eventually found a few that fit him but it’s rekindled something in me – I’m going to try to make him a hat – for christmas. I started on my journey this morning by trying a muslin of Waffle Patterns  free cap pattern.


It turned out ok – the smaller size fits me. The husband prefers a slightly different design and I’m going to try and draft it for him.

Well, what do you think of my first attempt?


May 2015

May is a funny old month in this part of the world – one day you could be out in short sleeves and sandals and the next a woolly jumper and big boots. Well -this year its more of the wooly jumpers and boots!

I’m following Me Made May and posting an occasional pic on IG, it’s lovely to see everyone else’s outfits – I find it very inspiring and start to decide what I really need to make for myself. Check out Zoe’s blog post on Me Made May 2015 to catch up on the crack.

So in other news – I’m working on Ginger Jeans finally – I’ve a pair half made in a khaki sateen – I only had enough for a cropped pair but didn’t want to use my nice grey denim till I tried a proper pair first. I did muslin in some left over denim but I want to wear them for a few days before I decide if any further adjustments are needed. But straight out of the packet – they are a great fitting pattern.

Also made recently is a Granville shirt (Sewaholic Patterns) in lovely Cotton and Steel Frock rayon fabric. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough for full length sleeves  so made them short sleeved.


My best Collar ever!!

My best Collar ever!!

The Jasper dress pattern from Paprika Patterns is also a new TNT pattern for me, I tried it out as a sweatshirt first and then went ahead and made a ponte version of the dress and I love it.



Jasper Dress – no pockets


Jasper Sweatshirt – Love the pockets (Also Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings)






So before I go and make my coffee – I’m just going to let you know of my plans – I’m in the process of setting up an online fabric shop – based in Ireland.  I hope to be up and running over the summer – I’m working on the website and our premises at the moment and I shall be fabric shopping at the end of June – beginning of July. If you want to keep updated – like my facebook page and subscribe for my newsletter on the website –