Remember me…?

Well, it has been an awfully long time since I said hello from Peggy’s Pickles – 16 months to be precise!

Although the lack of blogging suggests I have been completely consumed with nappies, sleepless nights and games of peek-a-boo (all of which have happened in abundance), I have in fact been quite productive on the sewing front as well. I don’t have that many photos but this is a list of all the things I have made since my little boy was born:

Baby quilt, done a local sewing course, embroidered cushion cover, scout woven tee x 2, sorbetto top x 1, drafted my own pattern from an existing jumper and made the jumper, made the jumper again for my sister, learnt to knit, knitted a scarf (which will never ever ever ever be done again, my word – the stress), two thirds of a granny square crochet blanket, t-shirts x 2, renfrews x 2, Clover trousers x 2 (although one pair may not count as they have stretched beyond all recognition), done a Craftsy course and…

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                      made a hoodie with a very big hoodie, self drafted trousers

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             Lucy Tunic for my niece (not the cardigan!), an owl pin cushion

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Wedding present pillows, lots of Flashback Skinny Tees

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Minikrea elephant trousersOliver + S Sailboat jumper and self drafted trousers

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Baby sling, and tee-pee (my fave!)


And lots and lots and lots of baby trousers!!

This leads me on to make another announcement (no not more babies) – I have started my own business!

You can find my shop on Folksy here:

In a nutshell, I am designing and making baby clothes from up-cycled fabric. The shop opened today and I will share the story of how it came about in my next blog post. In the meantime, do go and have a look and pass it on to all your friends!


Big was best?! And ‘win-win’ dresses

The trouble with my pillowcase dress challenge is that I now have a perfectly legitimate reason to roam the charity shops as much as I want – I need pillowcases! However, this also obviously opens me up to all sorts of dangers. Which is what happened at the weekend.

I went down to Tunbridge Wells to see some old friends, and whilst on the hunt for pillowcases I came across a 1980’s treasure of a dress.

Check out the shoulder pads on this one!

Remind you of anything?

shoulderpadsNow, I can hear the cries of ‘Not another dress?!’ from you all, as well as ‘What were you thinking?!’

I might just be able to get away with this one, as I didn’t buy it to wear as a dress. And I definitely didn’t buy it for the shoulder pads, although Jason would be proud!

Instead I bought it to turn in to a top, as I really like the sequin and bead pattern on it and the scalloped edging. You can’t beat a bit of sparkle!

To make it in to a top, I first removed those MASSIVE shoulder pads.

Check out these bad boys!!

Then I turned it inside out and cut off the skirt. Luckily there was already a seam where the skirt joined the top, so I snipped close to that and I don’t think any sewing will be required.

Without the shoulder pads in, the top didn’t sit on my shoulders in quite the right place so I stitched the tops of them a bit nearer the neckline (not sure that makes sense, but can’t think how else to describe it, sorry!). And here is the finished piece:

Much better I think!


My latest dresses are double-bonus-winning charity dresses, the pillowcases are from charity shops, and the dresses are now going to another good cause! ‘Win win’ one might say, if one said things like that…. 🙂

Dress 5: I think this is my favourite so far

Dress 6

You can see these dresses and the others in the Pillowcase Dress Gallery, or have a look at my Pillowcase Dress Challenge page to find out how you can get involved!

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Another Little ‘Accident’

Last week I found myself in Balham (I was meant to be there, so it wasn’t a complete surprise), outside a charity shop. In situations like these I find I am unable to do anything but to go in to the charity shop, just in case that hidden gem is just waiting for me.

And guess what was there? Yep, a little gem! Say hello to dress number 52!

The dress is handmade, and I love the colours and the feel of the fabric. I am going to take a guess that it is cotton, but quite heavy cotton. Not only have I generously donated to charity, I also own a dress that is great when the weather is hot, but would also work equally well with boots and a cardigan I think when it gets a bit chillier.

Not bad for a fiver!