Wednesday, 7 October 2015

DIY Zebra Foldover Clutch

Am a fan of the foldover clutch and have been itching to make one for quite some time. I decided I would do a dummy run with some brown zebra print, cotton canvas fabric, I had languishing in my stash. There are scores of tutes on the web. I used this one by

It was really easy to make, I followed the tute to the letter but added a wrist strap. Again there are numerous tutes for this on google - can't recall which one I used. I was so pleased with the end product and intend to use it one day, depending on what am wearing. 

I will make a few more of these but will change it up a bit. Will try some faux leather, a gold metal zip and some other hardware. Will also add a tab to the zipper end. Getting quite excited thinking about it. Am sad like that. 

I lined the clutch in a raspberry red lining fabric.


Until next time

Sassy T


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Tilly & The Buttons - African Clemence

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Am a fan of gathered skirts aka dirndl skirts. In particular those made with African fabric. I appreciate not everyone finds a gathered skirt flattering. But for me it's all good. One: they are so easy to make. Two: I like the style.

I had been looking for African fabric that wasn't waxed, I find it too stiff. I know it will probably soften in the wash but I wanted a wax-free African fabric. Each time I visited my second home Abakhan, I would rummage through the African fabric section to no avail. I was beginning to think I would never see any wax-free African fabric . . .  until one day, I got lucky. Now I won't say I was blown away by the fabric I would say more seduced by the fact it wasn't waxed. So in the basket it went and I was a happy customer.


A couple of weeks passed before I reached for my Tilly's and The Buttons - Love at First Stitch book, and knocked a Clemence out. My version falls at the centre of my knee. I prefer a longer length, so next time I will amend the pattern accordingly. I added pockets. Bound them and the hem with a raspberry pink rayon binding. I hand sewed the hem with a catch stitch. Ooo look at me. Wasn't that long ago I thought, Whaaat ! Hand sew my hems . . .  you must be j-o-k-i-n-g. Catchstitch? Nah looks too much trouble, ain't got the time. 

Well how the tide has changed. Never thought I would say this, but I enjoy hand sewing my hems. It fills me with a sense of calm, and I love the clean finish. Think am addicted. Call it my prozac.

"Some say the glass is half full. Some say the glass is half empty. I say are you gonna drink that."

Until Next Time

Sassy T

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Tilly & The Buttons - Delphine Skirt x 2

I purchased Tilly and The Buttons book, Love At First Stitch when it was going for a steal on Amazon. Approx £10. Being a beginner (yes I have been a beginner for about five years) I was looking forward to trying out a few of the projects since they were aimed at someone of my experience.

First up was the Delphine Skirt - effectively a cute A Line skirt. My stash yielded a green cotton canvas type fabric with a text print. When I first saw this in Abakhans I thought Ooo cool fabric, a skirt pattern with straight lines will suit this to a tee.  I opened my purse, handed over my pennies and off I went. When I looked at it again after returning home, I wasn't as enthralled.  The green was a little brighter then I would have liked. Much brighter than the images below depict. But hey ho, am just going to have to own it. 

Unwittingly the text  'backside skater' falls strategically over my derriere area.  Again, am going to have to own it. I may even refer to this Delphine as 'Delphine Backside Skater'. It does make me chuckle though.

My slim mannequin is modelling this Delphine below. The skirt dictates that I lose at least half a stone to fit comfortably. Had to use a bull clip and pins to fit the b**ch,  mannequin. Am not bitter or anything.


A couple of years ago I attended a sewing meet-up in London and happily traipsed around the fabric heaven of Goldhawk Road. Am telling ya, some serious fabric shops up there. I loved it.  Anyway, I came across a charcoal ombre fabric. I was in love.  Feels like a denim but am not sure.  All I knew at that point is that I was going to be pulling out my purse. Unlike the above purchase I wasn't disappointed.

For photo purposes, I decided to chuck this Delphine on a hanger, as it would not sit straight on my mannequin. Perhaps the mannequin was aware I was calling it a b**ch under my breath.  Sorry love, am just jealous that's all. 

The colourway is more like the square image below the skirt image, a shade deeper (can't be a*sed editing), but you get the drift. Both fabrics cost no more than £7 each.


Anna's  Delphine is one of my favourites. Inspired by the 70's. May try a button down one in the future but like most people I have so many other patterns to try.

"Women are like phones. We love to be held and talked to, but if you press the wrong button, you’ll be disconnected."

Until Next Time

Sassy T


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