Welcome to my lifestyle blog, Sewing and other stories, previously known as The Petite Passions or www.thepetitepassions.com. You'll notice a strong sewing and knitting focus over these pages. Six years ago I began learning how to sew, and have been totally addicted since. It has taken over my life and my blog! You'll find lots of pattern reviews on here, along with tips for beginners because as someone learning via the Internet, I've posted a lot of the things that I was looking for. You might also find some vintage posts on here about food, recipes or healthy living from when the blog had a much wider scope.

For 2017 this blog was also the home of the #wardrobebuilder project. This focused on creating a handmade wardrobe of staple items and on giving seamstresses an opportunity to share our makes with each other....with some lovely giveaways throughout the year too! Following this I was one of the team of international bloggers leading #SewMyStyle2018. There's plenty more info on both of these projects if you click on the labels.

I have written monthly columns for Sew Now magazine, focusing on the #wardrobebuilder and #sewmystyle2018, as well as the occasional pattern review. I have written review pieces for other sewing magazines, and regularly work with companies in the sewing industry to explore new ways of using their fabrics and patterns. If you are interested in collaborating together on a project, just ping me an email.

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Welcome to Sewing and Other Stories; my journeys with sewing and knitting; pattern reviews, tips and guides for beginners. I'm also the designer behind West Beach Knits knitting patterns and I host a Knitting and Sewing channel on YouTube where you can see all of this in person. Come have a look!

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