Girl in Stitches

Being the occasional and rambling account of one young lady's adventures with fabric and a soldering iron

Saving Your Sewing

What to do when you’re cheerfully sewing by hand and your thread knots itself without asking.

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Camberwell Beauty

It should really, I think, be made of wine-coloured velvet. But I’ve never actually seen one. They aren’t native to Britain, just rare visitors. I’m not particularly keen on the … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment


This one doesn’t look especially snappy in photos, but I feel more positive about the real thing. If I ever make another comma butterfly it will have separated wings with … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment


Over a year, and they’ve changed the post-writing bit in WordPress. That serves me right for procrastinating. I don’t feel like I’ve done much sewing over the past year, but … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Aglais Io

Thought I’d stick this one on before bed. It’s taken weeks to finish because I obstinately believed I could find the brooch pin I bought for it, rather than buying … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment


Waheeeey. This has taken so long, mainly because I have procrastinated and accidentally put holes in the fabric. But it’s done. I can now claim to know the process behind … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 6 Comments

Lookin’ fly

Moar butterfly. The silver-studded blue. Tiny, iridescent and much too lovely to ever accurately replicate. Looks cracking on that pink coat; I’ve made one for Etsy but I think now … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment


Grandma saw photos of the butterfly pieces I’ve done, and asked whether I could do brooches and things like that. I was doubtful because the art pieces are really fragile, … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment


I visited the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield with my mother and grandmother today, and I’m not really sure what art is right now. There were exhibitions on three artists: Barbara … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

More eDrafting

More drafting! This is fun. I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier. I’ve got a bodice sloper now -and diagrams for measurements- I’m on a roll. 🙂

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment