VFT London aka the twirly summer dress!

Hi! I made something for my daughter for a change so thought I’d pop on and show you! I made it with the intention to sell the style, so I was allowed. ūüėČ

It’s the Violette Field Threads new pattern – the London dress. I made the most of the couple of days of sunshine we had!!

twirly summer dress standing pb

I made it in a gorgeous Liberty of London cotton lawn that’s adorned with sweeties! So cute! I realised how apt it was to be making a London dress out of Liberty fabric afterwards. ūüėÄ

The dress features a ruffly hem but I left that out (who’s got time for all that ruffling haha… I’m really not a ruffles and frills person) and just added 3″ to the length of the skirt.

twirly summer dress sitting pb

It’s got the teeniest bodice, a really full skirt, and tie-up straps. A quick and simple sew, with just a few techniques required – gathering, bias binding, and the usual seams and hem!

twirly summer dress flat lay pb

In true matchy matchy Pink Bobbins style, I made a matching bow hairband, and it’s safe to say little A loves the outfit and wants to wear it ALL THE TIME!! ūüôā

sweetie twirly dress and hairband pb

Can you blame her? Just look at the spin effect!

twirly summer dress twirling pb

I totally recommend this pattern, it’s brilliantly written and the outcome is just so gorgeous.

Of course if you don’t want to make your own you can always by mine at Pink Bobbins. ūüėõ

Beth x


Sharing the Love (Awards and Celebrations)

I think it’s about time I shared the awards that I have been kindly nominated for with you all.

A few weeks ago, Mary @ Dodgy Zebra nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award. Thank you!


And then shortly after that, Samantha at Strings Attached gave me the Liebster award. Thank you!!


I’m so sorry I haven’t got around to writing about them. But I’m now [virtually] putting on my best frock and accepting them with tears of joy.

I’m going to merge them together because of course they are similar in nature – they’re kind of getting-to-know-you chain letters in the blogging world (although I hadn’t yet come across the One Lovely Blog chain, it is just like the Versatile Blogger award!)


Receiving¬†the¬†One Lovely Blog nomination means that I must share seven things about myself. I’ve decided not to do this because a) I shared seven things when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award, and b) see below…!

When you’re nominated for the Liebster Award, you answer ten questions posed by the nominator and then nominate ten more small bloggers and ask them ten new questions.

The questions I have answered (below) tell you [more than] seven things about me – therefore linking up the One Lovely Blog award, too.

1. What is your creative process?

I would say that it begins with research. I am a subscriber to Love Sewing magazine, which has some good inspiration in it. I read several blogs, which have certainly opened up my creative world. And I browse Pinterest. I’ll pick something to make, mostly on how straightforward it looks to a) prepare (i.e. printing patterns = urgh) and b) make. I will then make it, and a lot of the time my creative process is completed by writing about it, which is another creative process altogether I guess!

2. What can you absolutely not function without?


3. What is your favorite part of your day and why?

Would it be incredibly selfish of me to say the evening, when the girls are in bed and I get my dose of ‘me time’?!

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

I’ve spoken about this before, and it still stands. Getting through university – pregnant in my first year, had the baby at the end of it, and carried on regardless, without referring any years or modules. That’s kind of two accomplishments rolled into one, if you think about it.

5. What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t think I have a favourite book. There are books I have enjoyed, but I have never chosen a favourite. Sorry!

6. What makes you fangirl?

What is fangirl?! *Goes off to Google….*¬†OK – “a female fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, film, music, or science fiction.” Hmm….¬†I really don’t think I’m¬†obsessed with anyone. God, I’m boring.

7. How do you deal with stress?

Sew! I can’t focus on anything else when I’m sewing; I’m in my own bubble and nothing else can bother me. If I can’t sew, I’ll probably go for a walk. Or eat chocolate.

8. What is your favorite food?

Pasta – ideally with a nice creamy sauce. Strangely, I never make it myself with a creamy sauce… but I like to choose that when eating out!

9. Who inspires you?

I think there are a few people. These are the ones who spring to mind. In real life, I would say my grandad. He was always busy, working hard,¬†and I feel like he had a fulfilled life. You don’t get anywhere sitting around doing nothing. And then there are people I don’t know; there’s one who started with very little and has¬†built himself up to an amazing position – Lord Sugar. He shows me that you just need to grab any opportunity you’re given. And then there are people like Tilly Walnes aka Tilly and the Buttons. She was knocked out of the Great¬†British Sewing Bee in the second round (I think?!) but has done so well regardless. Her blog is amazing, and her book equally so.

10. What do you love about yourself?

That’s difficult to answer, but what comes to mind is that I’m quite¬†laidback. Things don’t very easily stress me out.



I have decided to¬†gratefully accept the One Lovely Blog award but not pass it on – how very selfish of me. But I am passing on the Liebster award instead; I don’t want to bombard everyone with nominations!

So here are my¬†ten questions for my chosen bloggers to answer…

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

2. Which movie would you watch over and over?

3. If you could be granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

4. Coffee or tea?

5. What are your pet hates?

6. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?

7. What’s the story behind your blog name?

8. Do you have any pets?

9. Are you a lark or an night owl?

10. What was your favourite television programme as a child?

Aaaaand the blogs are (in no particular order!):

1. Mary @ Dodgy Zebra

2. Hannah @ QuirkyHannah

3.¬†Rita @ Rita’s Design

4. Natalie @ Threads & Bobbins

5. Sewchet

6. Unlikely Lady of Leisure

7. Rita @ Loose Threads and Fluff

8. Creative Saturdays

9. Abby @ Mummy Doesn’t Bake

10. Sherry @ Sassy Shuga’s Place

Phew… now get clicking!! (The links will open a new window so you won’t lose your place here!)


Finally there’s another thing I would like to show off… I shared my photo of my sleeveless Lottie Blouse that I made out of an old maxi dress on Love Sewing magazine’s timeline… Then they were impressed by it and shared it, which gave me (or rather, my blouse) an¬†impressive 195 likes. It’s so crazy how ‘likes’ can make you feel. It’s nice to be liked, isn’t it?

Oh and on a similar note РThis week I reached 100 followers on this blog. Yay! To have 100 random people out there (actually, I personally know about three of you) who have enjoyed reading my waffle is rather nice!


So, THANK YOU for reading, liking, and commenting on my little sewing blog – especially if you’ve got all the way down to here!! You’ve made me happy!!

Beth x