Author Archives: fionabrid

Sewing Web App

Its Easy as Pi

New Sewing Web App coming soon:

New to sewing? Want an easy to follow custom made pattern, made exactly to your measurements? A circle skirt is the ideal beginners choice . Easy as Pi has done the tricky maths for you. All you need to do is grab your tape measure and enter your measurements. You will whip a circle skirt up in no time following our simple instructions. Visit the forum to see examples of other users skirts. It’s as easy as Pi!

Watch this space.


Refashioned Macrame

Can’t wait to make these for the studio*, need to find some green t-shirts to refashion.

*I have recently joined some crafty friends and taken up residency in the withsnail&i studio. Exciting times.




Anyone who knows me, knows I am slightly Pinata crazed. Here is my most recent creation:



This was a no paper mache pinata, which is handy when you are in a rush. Here is a great tutorial on how to create one.

3d Paper Balls

IMG_1364I have been making these for 2 years now and I really like using pages from old books, it gives them a certain charm. Plus I picked up a large book in a charity shop for a euro so it turn out for be a very thrifty decoration to make and we made a ton of them from one book. IMGP0306 Instructions can be found here.

Cape complete

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10/2011 Cape finally complete. This was the first time I ever made a garment following a pattern.

While I may be a newbie to the pattern world, I have a background in technical design and I found the pattern to be quite troublesome (like many of the others who have attempted the pattern).

The hood is badly drafted, its really over sized and really took away for the otherwise tailored aesthetic of the cape. I redrafted my own version of the hood the end. The pattern instructions didn’t have lining, so I winged it and made up my own interruption of it anyway.

Other then that I have to say I am totally in love with the cape. The amount of compliments I get about this is incredible.

Material Notes

2m of a cashmere woolen weave and 2m of silk crepe for the lining.



Amazing book

Such an amazing book, I was sorting through my bookshelf yesterday and found it again. I could not possibly give it a comprehensive enough review now with so much time having passed since I have read it. Here is a review that does it credit.