Its out!

Sew it Up has been spotted in the wild

In all good bookshops now!

Identification and image courtesy of Jean, chief-bookspotter and reviewer. Also spotted and reviewed by Vivienne.


Photoshoot location

I was pleased to find that the location used to shoot some of the finished projects in the book was recently featured on a couple of design blogs. The picture of the red skirt on the previous post was shot there, as was this stunning picture (another project preview for you!).

Photo by Jan Baldwin

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Photo by me

Photo of a detail in the house, by me

The photography locations were all organised by my editor, Kate Haxell. She did an amazing job, as did the photographer Jan Baldwin. I went on one of the shoots in that lovely grey-white house and it was fascinating to see how people really live in a house like that. Though it is used for photoshoots a lot, and I think the owner is a stylist, not surprisingly. Its also just around the corner from where I used to live! Jan's photography is stunning, do have a look at her website.

The more colourful backdrop rooms you will see in the book are Kate's own house, which is equally amazing but totally different.

There's a lot of stunning photography in this book, I'm delighted with how well its been produced.


Project preview: Autumn Wardrobe.

Apologies for this having taken so long. Here's two project previews from the book, to make up for the long absence...

Circle Skirt

The instructions are for drafting your own personalised pattern for a circular skirt.


Large wool handbag with outside and inside pockets. I've used the sample bag so much. I love it!

Note on fabrics:
I'll be stocking some of the fabrics used in the book projects and some kits for the smaller pieces. I'll post more about that when the book is published, but drop me a line at and I'll put you on the mailing list to let you know when that happens.