Dresses · Merchant & Mills

A Shirt Dress (or, Ode to my Unpicker)

I love linen. Like, really love linen. My fantasy house has billowing linen curtains, linen sheets (changed daily by my fantasy help), me wearing linen Pajamas (ironed by my fantasy help naturally…). My fantasy life has me getting off a plane in only very slightly crumpled linen, looking cool & effortless. Anyone who has seen…… Continue reading A Shirt Dress (or, Ode to my Unpicker)

Curvy Sewing · Dresses · Indie patterns

On the Fringe & lovin’ it…

Hello & Happy 2018! I hope if/how ever you celebrate the new year you enjoyed it immensely. My rock ‘n roll evening consisted of cooking a delicious roast beef dinner for my husband and sisters,  then falling asleep on the couch watching Lord of the Rings (in fairness I suspect it was the directors cut,…… Continue reading On the Fringe & lovin’ it…

Dresses · Indie patterns · Scroop Patterns

Off to a wedding with Ngaio

Weddings. Besides the obvious, love, lifetime commitment, joining two people together blah blah blah….what’s it really all about Alfie? Well, the dress of course. Firstly the bride’s, if there is one day you can go all out its your wedding day right? My first real wedding frock memory, I suspect like many of my vintage,…… Continue reading Off to a wedding with Ngaio

Cashmerette · Dresses · Indie patterns · Pattern Reviews

Away with the birds, Lenox…

I know, I’m back on the birds. Its been a topsy turvy few weeks here at Plum Towers, and I’ve had several projects on the go (including a rather fabulous cardi for Mr PK!). He was away at his parents so I had a whole weekend to actually get things finished. Like this beauty for…… Continue reading Away with the birds, Lenox…

Dresses · Indie patterns · Jennifer Lauren Handmade · Pattern Reviews · Tops

Afternoon tea with Mrs D

In our house Mr Douglas is the one with the sweet tooth, and I mean sweet. If it has sugar, he likes it. If it has more sugar, perhaps with a side of carbs and possibly a fried involvement, he REALLY likes it. As you can imagine , Afternoon Tea is pretty much his favorite…… Continue reading Afternoon tea with Mrs D

Dresses · Sew Me Something · Sewing classes

Leaving on a jet plane…

  If you’re anything like me, nothing says going on your hols like last minute sewing plans, especially the wildly unrealistic kind. Three tops and a shirt-dress in a week, no problem. Trousers hemmed, shirt started (and finished) by Saturday, I’m on it….and really, why can’t I make my own swimsuit in an evening? In…… Continue reading Leaving on a jet plane…