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It’s been a while since I last posted here, due to one long-ass house move (more on that in a later post!). Now that I’m more or less settled into my new abode, I thought it was time to start writing again. I work full-time so my sewing and DIY time is quite limited, but I always find time to go investigating patterns and fabric, basically planning future projects. And so I decided to start sharing these with you, my readers, in the form of Friday Five. Each week I will share with you my favorite patterns to hopefully give bountiful sewing inspiration in time for the weekend.
This week, I bring you my 5 favorite trench coat sewing patterns. Thanks to all the wet, windy but mild weather we have had in the UK, there isn’t a better time to sew one of these.
#1 Sewaholic Robson coat
A classic shape, with epaulettes. Available in both paper and pdf versions.
See more pics on Instagram: #SewaholicRobson
#2 Deer and Doe Luzerne
I’m a massive fan of Deer and Doe. Their patterns always fit me well, and I always want to wear them. This double-breasted trench is going on my to-do list.
Available in both paper and pdf versions.
See more pics on Instagram: #DDLuzerne
#3 Cashmerette Chilton
A classic and curve friendly shape with a single-breasted bodice. Available in paper and PDF format.
See more pics on Instagram: #chiltontrenchcoat
#4 Simple Sew The Trench Coat
This one is brilliant for beginners. A modern take on the classic style, it’s simple to sew without buttons.
Available in paper format.
See more pics on Instagram: #simplesewtrenchcoat
#5 Orageuse Londres
I’ll admit I had never heard of this brand until now. But wow I love this pattern. It even has a short length version which looks just as good.
Available in PDF format.
See more pics on Instagram: #trenchlondres
And there we have it, 5 patterns you can use to make a trench coat. And do you want to know the beauty of this list? All of these patterns are, or can be, unlined. Simply finish the hems with some beautiful bias tape and you’re ready for Autumn weather!
Let me know your favorite in the comments below!
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In this blog post I show you how to make a beef bourgignon pie, loosely based on a Delia recipe.
I like to believe that I was the first to come up with the idea of the beef bourguignon pie. I’m sure I wasn’t, but I like to think that I was. I’m also fairly sure that it was my husband’s idea, as he as the one who suggested that beef bourguignon would make a good pie filling.
Beef bourguignon is a dish that I remember well from growing up in France as a child. It was such a tasty dish, rich in flavour. It’s not a cheap dish to make so it was usually saved for special occasions. Still, it was probably one of my favourite dishes. I don’t recall ever having it after moving back to the UK aged 14, but a year in France during my degree reminded me how delicious it was. So, when I returned, I started cooking boeuf bourguignon for my boyfriend-now-husband and he was not disappointed.
At the time I remember doing a quick Google search and not really finding any recipes so I used the Delia recipe that I had previously used and then covered it with pastry. And when I say ‘Delia recipe’, it’s fairly modified. I mean, for one I use an entire bottle of wine. Most recipes don’t, but I do. Most recipes I make do. I like strong flavours. Maybe I have weak tastebuds, but if the dish is named after a French wine, I want the dish to taste of that red wine.
Named after a French wine…?
Yes, Beef Bourguignon (actually Boeuf Bourguignon) is essentially beef in wine from the Bourgogne region of France. In my ‘just graduated from uni so I’m a bit poor’ days I would use any strong bodied wine I could find.
In more recent years I have been using actual Bourgogne wine. It’s not particularly expensive, you can get a decent bottle for under £10.
Ever wondered where the colour Burgundy comes from? Well, it’s from this wine.
It comes from a region is the centre/north east of France, not far from where Dijon mustard comes from.
In France, unlike other areas of the world, wine is generally named after the area it comes from rather than the grape. However, bourguignon wine is usually made from grapes of the Pinot Noir variety. It’s a full-bodied red wine, full of flavour which is why it is a perfect ingredient for this recipe.
Here’s the recipe!
- 1kg diced beef
- Olive oil
- 1 Onion
- 1 bottle red wine
- 3 heaped tbsp flour
- 3 cloves garlic
- Salt & Black Pepper
- 350g shallots
- 225g bacon
- 250g mushrooms
- 1 roll puff pastry
Place beef in a bowl/pot, sprinkle on about ½ tbsp of dried thyme, 1pinch marjoram, 1 clove chopped garlic, ½ tbsp sea salt. Cover with some good red wine, leave to soak in fridge for 5 hrs.
Preheat oven to 150C
Sear the meat a few pieces at a time, and transfer to a bowl. Keep juices of marinaded beef. Chop onions during this process.
Fry the chopped onions.
Then, return beef to pan. Add 2 tbsp of sieved flour and stir to make sure juices are absorbed.
Place left over juices from the marinade in a jug and top up with wine to make 500ml.
Gradually add this to the beef & onion mix. Add the 2 chopped garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves and an extra 1tbsp of thyme.
Transfer to a casserole dish and place in oven for 1hr 30.
After this, peel and chop shallots into quarters and finely slice bacon,mput the shallots and bacon in a pan on a high heat and heat until cooked (approx 5-10 mins).
Add the rest of the bottle of wine.
Cook for an extra 5 mins then add the mushrooms and a pinch of black pepper and cook until the wine is absorbed/evaporated.
During this time prepare the puff pastry with a rolling pin, pastry should be about ¾ cm thick.
Add beef and sauce from the casserole dish to the pan and turn oven up to 200 C. Mix well. Add more wine to liquify or flour to thicken if needed.
Transfer to pie dish.
Place puff pastry on top of dish and cut extra pastry leaving a 1-2 cm edge. Use a fork to push the pastry to the edge of the pie dish. Mix egg white and yolk together with a fork in a small bowl/cup. Brush the top of the pie with the egg.
Place the pie in the oven for approx. 20mins.
[originally published on an old blog in 2013]
After moving into our new home, there were so many items of furniture to buy. One of these items we needed was a dining table. After seeing some tutorials to make one from scratch on Pinterest using reclaimed wood. I really wanted to do so myself but really did not have the time or resources to do so.
We looked at other tables but our budget was quite limited, we wanted to sit at least 6 and I really did not want something cheap looking that I’d want to replace in a couple of years.
So after a lot of internet browsing, I found this INGO table at Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/14630009/
They are a pretty simple style which meant I could easily put two tables together, and coupled with 8 chairs it came to less than £200.
We have oak furniture and blue and grey colours in the room so I decided to stain the top of the pine table with an oak stain and to paint the legs a light grey. Choosing the grey was a complete ball ache, who would have known there were so many different shades of grey? Anyway I ended up settling on a colour called ‘Fog’ from B&Q’s own range. It is a one coat any surface emulsion which made the job quite easy.
Let me know what you think. Isn’t it amazing what a lick of paint can do?