round round I wrap around. Tulip Skirt.


I wanted a tulip skirt. I had material, I had google. I made a tulip skirt.

This was my starting point:

My method was a bit more tailored to me, I cut the material, I pinned the material on, I cut the material some more etcetera etcetera, until it was about the right shape.


Then I pinned a few pleats in to shape the skirt


I hemmed the edges going around the curve, along the straight and up the curve.

I sewed the satin waist band in much the same way as in the tutorial online but I don’t have any photos of the process so probably best to follow that version.


Once the skirt was whole, I worked out where I wanted the poppers and sewed them on in the corresponding places. You can do buttons and button holes but my opinion is that once you start cutting holes in the skirt, if you gain or loose a lot of weight then it is very difficult to re-jig the skirt so it fits you, with poppers you can just cut them off and resew them in a better position.


And this is the finished product on, sorry about the dusty mirror, shabby chic.



Simple soup


Christmas tis the season for good food, family and friends. It is the time for the drinks to flow and the uninhibited carefree consumption of stollen, mince pies and yorkshire puddings.

January is not. And if your post-christmas step has changed from a skip to a plod you are not alone.

However after the bounty of delicious food which dominated throughout December, a diet consisting purely of wilted lettuce and carrots and water is hard to swallow.

I have instead converted from yummy stodge to yummy soup. very easy to make and very easy to swallow. Dispatched with a bread roll, I find tomato and basil soup a happy antidote to my food bother.


  1. Tomatoes
  2. half an onion
  3.  a clove or two of garlic
  4. any sprigs of herbs (Rosemary, thyme or Basil) this is optional
  5. olive oil
  6. balsamic vinegar
  7. seasoning salt and pepper

Chop everything up into slices and segments (except basil if you are adding it) and place on tray

Drizzle with olive oil and a smidgen of balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper

shake the tray and contents gently to coat everything in oil

place in preheated oven at about 190C and allow to roast gently for 10-20 minutes until everything is soft


Pour all smooshed tray backed goods into a saucepan and add just enough water to cover, not too much or this will become flavoured hot water. You can also add half a stock cube at this point if you are partial to stock in soup. This is where you would add your basil if you had it.

tomotoe soup pre blend

Allow to simmer gently for another 10 minutes, remove from heat and blend.

Reheat if desired, pour into bowl and eat with bread and butter. (apparently a bit of fat is good for you)

Tomatoe and Basil soup

This is my basic formula for all soup recipes, I either pre roast and then simmer or just simmer but the process stays generally the same and the tomato can be substituted for carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, anything you feel like really.

Perfect because it is warm, easy and filling and also very cheap – I would guestimate at this costing about 60p to make.