So…….Studio News

Before I show you where we are up to with my own studio build, I want to share with you some of my inspiration and favourite craft spaces that I have been drooling over from my Sewing room Pinterest board. You can follow any of my boards here

How gorgeous is this from Olabelhe. I just wanna run in there and never come out

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Or this from Holly DeGroot. – love the cutting table supported by 2 old sewing machine treadle bases.

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Fantastic storage and a comfy chair in a corner for pattern making ponderations.

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and sheer architectural gorgeousness

Now hold your breath.




Here is mine


Do use your imagination.

I never knew I had so many old suitcases,  I know, just look at it. So much crap!

I remember the last time we moved house, the removal guys had to bring an extra truck and said we must have elastic walls.

Of course, I have managed to hoard even more since then. We did think about moving house, but the task just felt too enormous. So the decision was made to stay put and extend.

It may look uninspiring at the moment, but I can already visualise every shelf and where every pin will go. Watch this space…..

PS. I just bought 8 beautiful knobs for my cupboards that are being set into the eaves – do you think I may be getting ahead of myself??


Let’s get Social

I am now in the midst of trying to get more patterns developed, photographed and online to pay for a full time fabric addiction, studio fit out, and the odd glass of wine.

I just launched a new sewing pattern yesterday after a month of testing, and it has already been featured on Pattern Pile, I am thrilled!


I think to make a pattern successful it needs to have something different. With this pattern, I developed a handy outlet for you headphone or charger lead, and a pocket to store your ear buds. There is nothing worse than getting on a long haul flight satisfied with the 6 fantastic movies you have managed to download, only to find you left your headphones at home.

The pattern comes with options to create a wrist strap, or a longer strap so it can be used like a mini-bag. (Great for all those festivals I go to these days)

The ideas and pattern development come easy, it’s getting them out there and using social media as a tool that I am struggling with. I have half ignored social media for business until now, but realise I can no longer live without using Facebook/Insta/Pinterest etc  If I want to make a go of this (God help me if I ever have to go back to work – nooooo, I can’t let it happen!)

Obvs as everyone else, I have lots of candid shots on all these mediums, though nothing I would really want to publish in a professional blog, haha. So – I must get my head down and learn, I’ve already attached myself to Tailwind, which I never knew existed until last month, but what a great tool to schedule pin posting. (It’s a nightmare having to set an alarm clock for 2am so you can just run downstairs to post a pin to hit the time the Americans are shopping for new patterns – sorry, my American friends, you are still my biggest and most important market).

Fabric Addiction

August 2017

Hi, I’m Diane, and I am an addict.

I am a born sewer – not sure if I like the word sewist – perhaps sewaholic is better.

I’ll stitch anything together if you leave it around long enough.

I live in Manchester UK with my husband, teenage son and a small white dog. (the dog is the easiest one)

After working in textiles all my life I have decided to take the leap and go it alone, making bag and accessory sewing patterns full time. I’ve had a shop on Etsy for years selling finished bags and covers at

and trialled selling a few patterns, which were really well received, so well in fact, that last year, I opened a stand alone PDF sewing pattern shop –

where I sell my own patterns and the hardware you need to construct them.

We don’t have a huge house, and I have been spreading my sewing paraphernalia all over the bedrooms, and any nooks or crannies I can find, it’s even creeping downstairs now. I currently work from our dressing room, so you can imagine the squeeze. (Close your eyes now if you don’t want to be horrified).

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This is how bad it is..SHIZ..I know

And that isn’t all – I store the biggest stash of fabric you have ever seen in huge plastic boxes in the attic, in the garage, even at my friend’s house. It’s a nightmare when I want to find a certain print I know I bought last year for a brilliant project or other!

So finally Mr O has agreed that we can convert the attic space to a studio workspace of my own. I’m not sure whether it was to please me or just that he couldn’t stand looking at my mess any longer.

The builders start in 2 weeks time, and I am beside myself with excitement. I want a cupboard or shelf for every single little thing. Well, if they are going to build it, I might as well have everything exactly right.

I don’t think the builders quite believe me yet about quite how much fabric and trim one girl can collect over a lifetime.

My stash is enormous – and I mean absolutely freakin’ ridiculous. Mr O doesn’t even know how much I have, as I hide most of it before he sees it, (often in the kitchen cupboards as I know he won’t look in there!)

I accept that I am an addict, I cannot walk past a fabric shop or haberdashery (what an old fashioned word….we need a new one, perhaps a bibble-shop) without spending a week’s wage on glorious stuff I have yet to find a purpose for. I’ve even ordered special feet from Germany and metalwork from China without knowing quite what I am going to do with them – I just know they are gonna improve my life and I can’t live without them.

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I Mean… what the hell is that thing anyway !!

This week we are on a family holiday in Spain, and I am so consumed, I am lying on a sunbed unable to think about anything else but shelf specifications and ‘Wonder Walls’ (Have I told you about that yet. I don’t think I have, we’ll get round to it)

I have trawled the local Spanish shops and ‘feraterias’ for pretty cupboard nobs and plastic storage containers – all in white – to enhance my new playground.

I am having everything in white – walls, woodwork, tables, rails, it’s a good job the dog is white, not that he will be allowed in, but I am spending an inordinate amount of time fixating on whether I should have white storage boxes or bright orange or lime to break up the white. I’ve already purchased all sorts of options, at least half of which will go to waste (or at least a kitchen cupboard – the ones Mr O never looks in)