More Margots and marzipan – love it or hate it?

8Phew, you’re still there!

Sorry about the slightly-longer-than-intended cliffhanger.  Do you remember, I was telling you about my good friend Nicky popping over?  She brought her nan’s sewing machine round and after our fix of bacon rolls, we took the scientific approach of twisting all the knobs and reading the manual (while pointing) in a two-WOman effort to get it working.  We think this  machine might be from the sixties and it is immaculate.  So shiny, so mechanical, so solid – it reminds me a bit of some kind of retro drinks machine from an American diner – I was totally smitten!


After several failed attempts and penny-dropping moments, we finally realised that we were stuck in buttonhole mode.  Once we fixed that, we were off and away.  I love this victory photo featuring the celebratory dance!  The machine was surprisingly quiet and it sewed perfectly.

1.21.4Nicky’s sewing lesson was underway and there were more fist pumps, hi-fives, whoop-whoops and cups of tea to be had – total rock ‘n’ roll.  After mastering straight lines, we progressed to pivots, curved lines and just a few hours later Nicky completed her very own Love at First Stitch Margot pyjama bottoms.

1.5Here’s a close-up of the fabric.  It’s a Riley Blake cotton from The Creative Sanctuary.  Nicky had a beautiful bicycle like these at her wedding last year so it was the perfect fabric choice!

Meanwhile I’ve started work on a kaftan/beach cover-up made from…a net curtain and some pom-poms!  I’ve drafted my own pattern so it’s a bit of an experiment but I just can’t bring myself to pay £35+ SHAME ON YOU HIGH STREET SHOPS!

I won’t ask if anyone else is going for a net curtain/pom-pom combo this week as I suspect it’s unlikely – but what are you sewing?

In snacking news, I made a Battenberg cake from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.  What a fun thing to make and it was a lot easier than I anticipated.  What I didn’t predict was just how much the nation is divided by marzipan.  It turns out it’s the sweet version of Marmite and you either love it or hate it!  So, go on, which camp are you in?

1.71.6LOVE IT?



About Dawn Phillips

Have you ever just woken up and felt the need to make something? A burning desire to be creative? Well I get that feeling frequently and recently I've been embracing it ... and BOOM, it feels good! Over the last couple of years, I've been learning to sew and have become increasingly curious about dressmaking and pattern cutting. What strikes me is how generous people are with their knowledge and experience. I'm still very much a novice, but happy to share what I've learnt (and continue to learn) on this blog. Now, when I'm sewing, I like to reward myself. Not just at the end of the project, but at certain milestones. Perhaps when I get the second sleeve in or decide that the zip I've inserted doesn't look too shabby. Sometimes the treat will be in the form of a much-needed loo break or a change of playlist, but more often than not, it's a snack! Yep, you've guessed it Columbo, snacking is big business in my day. I'll be sharing my sewing and snacking news on here a few times a week and will chuck in the odd tutorial for good measure. Please join in with your own news and successes so that we can create a fabulous sewing and snacking community!
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8 Responses to More Margots and marzipan – love it or hate it?

  1. Pam Phillips says:

    Love marzipan and can’t believe Nicky drank your tea!!xx love the page can’t wait to see the net and Pom proms.xx

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  2. I adore marzipan and I have made that cake. Yum! Your friend did well. Great PJs

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  3. springystitches says:

    Loving the Riley Blake fabric and the cake looks delish too!

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  4. Pingback: Nets and pom-poms beach combo for a tenner! | Sewing & Snacking

  5. Katy says:

    Favourite quote ever: “I won’t ask if anyone else is going for a net curtain/pom-pom combo this week as I suspect it’s unlikely”. Miss you Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

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