Farewell my friends and thank you, thank you – it’s been a blast x

Dear all lovely blog readers, generous commenters and all round warm hearted lovers of sewing.  This post has been a long time in the offing, attested by me not having posted for er…. quite a few months.

In a month’s time I will be closing my blog down.  I just haven’ got the time to write these days, nor photograph myself in all the things I continue to sew.   So I wanted a chance to say a massive thank you to you all, for the fun I have had over the years expressing myself …in the means of my wardrobe in daft & less daft scenarios.  I have loved sharing my sewing process & mistakes and learnings.  I have soaked up (& still soak up) everything I learn from others to make me a better sewster.  From the bottom of my heart thank you for all your support.

One last update.

The last 18 months have been a time of vast change:  moving house from the city to the beautiful Somerset countryside and leaving my employer of 15 years to work for a wonderful new company.  I work full time in four days sat at a PC all day (my hours will change soon) and this has squeezed my free time & energy meaning that I have had to prioritise.  Sadly for this ol’ blog, but not surprisingly, the last thing I fancy is yet more screen time!

A badger sett- no kidding this wood is festooned with them

I have a new relationship – with my surroundings.  I am besotted with the countryside & love being outside in my garden.  I am a yearning runner – I need to get out and about after being restrained for the first four days of my week.  There are millions of footpaths to explore & lambing time?  Oh simple pleasures, but such a novelty for a town mouse like me.  I take walks/ runs through the fields to check on their progress.

Sewing still gets a big chunk of my time.  I am truly addicted to sewing new things to wear- there is always a reason – whether it’s a holiday or a night out.  Or just a new look.  I am a sucker and over the next year will try to channel my sewing & design skills into a few cushions & a bit of patchwork for the cottage.  Don’t expect me to be making covers for my food processor though 😉  And when I say channel, it’s just to check myself that I am not becoming too obsessive & a serial sewer!  I am making much more ‘value’ clothing using more expensive fabrics so that I feel I am less of a consumer of fast fabrics/ sewing.  This summer I have invested in a few linens to make what I hope will be timeless classics….

I did patchwork!

I had wanted to write to tell you about some of my recent sewing adventures.  For example I bought myself a sewing holiday.  The Sew La Di Da Vintage Body Blueprint course.  Four days in Caroline’s studio creating a pattern that fits my body shape, developed ( using pattern cutting superpowers) into a dress design of my choice.  It is even more of a sewing holiday as the setting is Beautiful Lyme Regis, on the Dorset coast, which is a place worth visiting in its own right.   I cannot recommend this course enough.  We all come in different shapes & sizes & it’s amazing how even a customised toile in calico can make everyone look a million dollars.  Seeing everyone in their own beautifully fitting toile was a delight.

My day’s sewing


With the ace support during the course I wanted to make a basic ‘quick & easy’ perfect  dress – ‘A’ line skirt, sleeveless bodice with French darts.  Tick.  (And I whipped up one of these yesterday to wear to a Hen do -photo above) From this basic I designed something a bit more special.  Flared the skirt a bit more, adapted the bodice –  added a bias collar, ruched waistband, gathered bust darts.

All conjured up in beautiful cotton lawn.  Serious adoration.

I’ve also been pattern testing – most recently the Orsola dress for By Hand London.  I made the wrap skirt in red linen & it’s been a firm fave this summer.  So pretty.

I have made a maxi dress – for the daytime- this has always been a challenge for me as I don’t like covering myself up if the sun’s out, but recognised there is a time & a place for a longer skirt … on holiday for me.  This is the Named Kielo Wrap dress in a viscose.  Lovely to wear – in my case early evening when it’s still warm enough but once the sun’s gone down I’m grateful for a little more leg covering, but still so lovely & cool & floaty.  A gorgeous pattern.

I have also made the Deer and Doe Datura top in a silk from the Fabric Godmother.  With piping.

Since taking the photo I went back & stabilised the hem and resewed it.  Where its silk & has some bias in the hemline, it really benefitted from being secured by that double sided hemming tape (this disappears in the wash).

My favorite this summer has been a pair of 1980s cropped wideleg trousers.  Sadly no photo to show, but this is the original!

Betty Jackson wideleg cropped trousers in a lovely indigo soft chambray.

I have also been compulsively sewing Grainline Scout Tees for the summer.  They must be one of the best wardrobe builders & perfect for showcasing cute fabrics.

Croft Mill bumble bees 

Cotton and Steel from the Village Haberdashery (a few years in my stash)

Liberty Lawn from Sewbox (I got this at the Knitting & Stitching Show when I actually met Susan, the lovely owner 🙂 )

I’ve been playing with my firm favorite: ric rac.  On a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa shirt in yellow polka dot poplin.

And was obsessed with the latest Papercut collection, having fallen hardest for the Kochi Kimono jacket via MisforMake.

I used a textured linen from Minerva Fabrics. This is teal (but I’d say more blue than teal).  I have only just finished this so will be test driving it this summer.


Merlin & I are super content in our little cottage in the country.

I shall be making the odd appearance on Instagram (@scruffybadgerti ) and will think about using my facebook page a bit more.  No promises though!

In the meantime, all I can wish you all is for much happiness and successful sewing!

I am eternally grateful for the friends I have made through blogging that I can share more than just my love of sewing with.

Big hugs xxx



51 thoughts on “Farewell my friends and thank you, thank you – it’s been a blast x

  1. Jan Dathan

    A big thank you back at you Winnie. You were my absolute inspiration when I was tucked away in the Caribbean (tough life but someone’s got to do it) and I couldn’t wait to get back and start sewing again. I shall miss your quirky posts and fun photos but hope to see you on FB and Instagram some time soon.
    All the best.

  2. Jenni

    Thank you for all your inspiration and fun 😀 hope to continue to see your makes on fb or instagram and wish you continued happiness in your new country life xx

  3. Mary Drummond

    Thank you for your amazing blog. I’ve loved ready them all and have always found them inspiring and entertaining. You will be missed but I wish you all the luck, love and happiness in your beautiful new home and job. xxx

  4. Barb

    Aw, I’ll miss your blog with your amazing makes. Will look forward to seeing you on FB. BTW, your garden looks simply beautiful! x

  5. Tracey Nixson

    Thank you for your blogs – I’ve loved looking at your makes and have referred back to them many times – especially the Ethel pants 😆That waistband what a crocky way of doing it. I will look out for your instagram moments. Enjoy your new lifestyle x

  6. Elaine

    I wish you every happiness Winnie in your new life and surroundings. Thank you so much for your blog and all the instruction and inspiration. I found you just as I wanted to make the sew over it Joan dress and saw your knit version. I used your guidelines to make two Joans in Ponte. I then read many of your posts of course. I’ll miss your blog! Your cat is lovely! Thank you again x

  7. Beverly

    Thank you for sharing with us. I only found you within the last year and I am sorry to see you go. But, as a fellow outside enthusiast, I completely understand. Have fun and see you on Instagram.

  8. Brenda Marks

    It’s always odd when blogs fade away and I wonder what happened. Thank you for letting us know what’s going on so we can say how much we’ve appreciated your blogging efforts! Best wishes as you continue to enjoy your life!

  9. Bobbi

    Thank you for the beautiful inspirations! You’ve made such wonderful things over the years. Enjoy your new, gorgeous home and best wishes for the future!

  10. Caroline J

    All the best with sewing, running and general life adventures. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and it has been lovely to virtually get to know you.

  11. Karen

    Thank you thank you thank you. You made sewing for me so much fun and your attitude of ‘just have a go’ was and is inspirational. As a runner too I loved your blog and your athletic makes. Where you live is stunning and needs to be explored. Happy life and see you on IG K xXx

  12. SusanF

    You were missed so much these past months. And I will miss you even more.

    Ah, the country. I have lived in it for 33 years and want more. No badgers, but deer, raccoons, skunk and the occasional porcupine. Sending my wishes to you for a happy, fulfilled life.

  13. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Big hugs right back atcha Winnie! Your blog posts always cheer me and I will miss your presence here in the blogosphere. I get it though! Life sounds full and busy in the best possible ways! I’m so happy for you and Merlin! xoxo

  14. Audrey

    Thank you for all the sewing joy and inspiration you have shared with everyone. Its has been such a pleasure to see your beautiful makes and one of the reasons I took up sewing again after many years absence. Will miss your posts but understand the need to balance work and play. Running in our beautiful west country countryside, what could be more special than that.

  15. Lynne

    Thank you for your brilliant blog posts! You’re so funny, and I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog and your crazy photos! Lots of luck for the future, and happy sewing! Lynne

  16. Rebecca Woodward

    I will truly miss your blog posts, your makes and attitude to sewing have been totally inspirational to me. I hope you continue to enjoy sewing and your new home; I wish you every happiness x

  17. Lesley

    I’ve so much enjoyed reading your posts over the last few years, both for sewing inspiration and entertainment! Lots of luck and best wishes for the future x

  18. Vicki

    Wow, you have been busy. And I am so jealous. A cottage in the country. Wishing you all the best and I’ll follow you on Instagram.

  19. Stevie

    Winnie!!! Noooo! I’m so sad your closing your blog! But we totally understand the toll blogging takes! Look after yourself and please keep in touch! I could always do with a fabric shopping buddy when I’m home in the west country! Enjoy your running and your beautiful little cottage. You’ve been an inspiration and lovely friend to all of us in the sewing blogosphere.

  20. eli

    I’ve always loved seeing your joyful pictures and beautiful sewing. Thanks and enjoy your country abode!

  21. Patricia Wilson

    So sad you’ll no longer be blogging but totally understandable. I’ve loved your past blogs. I’ve often found your posts when searching particularly patterns and they’ve really helped me in my learning. Enjoy your new rural life

  22. Philippa

    I always enjoyed my ‘scruffy badger time’! Yours was one of the most fun, brightest blogs out there and was always so cheerful to read. But running a blog does take a lot of time. I am currently on an extended blog break after divorce and moving, with family responsibilities and work life is very full! I hope you enjoy whatever is ahead of you going forward, especially of course your sewing and running, and thank you for the many reviews I have enjoyed over the years xx

  23. Debs

    Thought you had been quiet! I ve really loved your blog. If I search for a pattern and your name comes up it’s the first review I read. (just finished a scuba kielo and wondered what your take would have been) I hope you continue to enjoy sewing and running adventures!

  24. Bego Aguilera

    From Spain, I have to say that I will miss your blog. I haven’t written too much (ever?) but I have enjoyed all of your posts and your writings have given me a lot of ideas for my sewing. I have learned with you. Yours was one of my favourite blogs. So, I can say I will miss you, and in any case I have to say thank you!

  25. Claire Castle

    Thank you Winnie for sharing with us all your tremendous makes and I wish you well. Countryside living is so special . Claire X

  26. Roobeedoo

    Hi there! Absolutely understand. I have been feeling the same about my blog . It is definitely more important to focus on real life 🙂 Hope to see you on Instagram though. I love seeing your makes and your grin!

  27. Jennifer Miller

    You will be missed, Winnie! But as others, I’ll be checking in on IG and look forward to seeing your sunny smile and superior makes. Enjoy your new surroundings and adventures!

  28. Helen

    I will miss your cheerful smile and your incredible sewing output! You have been an inspiration to me and the community. I’m happy to hear you are enjoying your new surroundings and are still sewing like crazy. If you ever want a quick and easy way to share your makes and connect back up with the sewing community, there is always instagram!

  29. Nicky B

    You were one of the first blogs I followed when I starting blogging. I found you inspiring & was excited to meet you in person at the first Simplicity meet up. 😃 Sad to hear your stopping but so glad it’s because your life is filled with such lovely things to do. I’ll keep an eye out for you on Instagram as I’m on that now too!

  30. Sarah may

    So sad to hear you are stopping. I’d loved to have seen your Hebridean tweed simplicity jacket. You have been an inspiration and make beautiful clothes. You were one of the first blogs I came across a couple of years ago and I always watched out for your makes. Enjoy your wonderful new adventures in the beautiful countryside. X

  31. Linda Hinds

    I will miss your blog. You, and other bloggers like you, inspired me to take the plunge into this magical world. I have recently decided to give blogging a go myself in the hope that I might inspire others, I’d be chuffed if you took a look! it’s http://www.ciaolinda.com

  32. Michelle

    I’ll miss you Winnie! You were one of the first blogs I started reading when I got back into clothes sewing a few years ago. A total breath of fresh air, and you taught me not to take anything too seriously! Have a fantastically wonderful blog-free life.

  33. Tor

    I’ve loved your blog and will miss reading it! But I wish you all the best, and your surroundings look totally beautiful! Thank you for all the inspiration!

  34. Alessa

    Ah the good old real life, don’t I know it. 😅 Sounds like you’re having a grand time, and cottage life sounds wonderful. I’ll be looking forward to occasionally follow along on Instagram. 😊

  35. Sigrid Arnott

    Your blog has been epic! I hope that you save some record of it. Thanks for the years of entertainment, insight and sewing advice. I totally understand the need to fill your free time away from the screen, but hope that I will see you on instagram.

  36. Karen Dodgson

    I have missed reading your lovely blog, but I’m so happy you are having a whale of a time in the real world! Enjoy every moment, and I hope all your adventures are happy ones xx

  37. Fraggle

    Really sorry to hear that you are leaving us, but quite understand (and am envious of) the reasons. I will miss your posts. Thanks for all the posts; the wisdom, the beauty and the humour. All the best for the future.

  38. Elisa

    I have been following you for years and I am really sad I won’t be able to read your great posts anymore; I’ve learned so much!. But, as they say, “you do you” 🙂
    All the best for your future adventures.

  39. Kay

    Thanks so much for a really great blog, it’s been inspiring, entertaining and refreshingly down to earth. Only this morning, your tutorial on unpicking overlocker seams saved me cutting a sleeve off, when I had thought my error irretrievable! Thank you and good luck.

  40. Kelli

    I’m so glad you posted a farewell. I was beginning to get worried that something unspeakable had happened so I’m relieved to hear that your blog has faded away because life’s journey has just taken you down a new and exciting path. I will miss your quirky sense of humor, your joie de vivre, unique sense of style, and your inspirational makes. Guess I’ll have to get my fix on Instagram. Enjoy this new chapter!!!

  41. Catherine Daze

    Oh, you’ll be missed! I’m glad you’re having a good time in your new environment, and thank you so much for blogging all these years; I’ve really enjoyed reading about your exploits. All the best.

  42. Tanya

    Just to say many, many thanks for all you’ve give in your blog over these years – cannot count the ways I’ve enjoyed your thoughts and the things you’ve done/made, and learned so much from you. All the best, lovely to think of you enjoying what’s happening for you, and may you continue to enjoy life as much as your blog has always conveyed, xxxx

  43. Lorna

    Will miss you bucketloads, but I’m glad you’re happy in your new life! Thanks for all of the inspiration and wisdom you’ve shared – I’ve couldn’t have lined my S2451 without you! It’s been an absolute joy to read your blog. See you (now and then!) on Instagram! XX

  44. Shelly

    Thanks Winnie for all the fun and inspiration you have given me. I’ve really enjoyed this little blog of yours over the years and have and will miss you and your wonderful antics but I’m glad you’re enjoying your new life in the country. See you.

  45. Berte

    Oh… You know, I understand this. There are choices to make, and where do we really live? I mean, LIVE? Not in a computer, but out in the glorious world. This decision comes as no surprise, but I am going to miss your blog. It’s been fun and informative. Wishing you all the best, soaking up the energy of the countryside, and maybe meeting a friendly badger or two. I’ll have to share on IG and tag you when I finally make that gorgeous tunic. I’m hoping I’ll find the right fabric while on holiday. Cheers!


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