Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


Here & Now 10

I now stand up and overlock, it was a decision made for space constraints but it makes my posture better too!
Shelves in my sewing room

I've had a lot on my plate for what is now the first half of 2017 (can you believe it is June!?) so my blogging has slowed down a bit and this is the first Here & Now I have done since January. Sometimes it is impossible to keep doing everything all the time, so choosing one or two things to focus on and letting other tasks slide has been the way I have managed things.

Here it is Winter. It's really actually quite cold where I am, and my toes feel a bit frozen if I don't wear socks or slippers all day. The flu season seems to have hit quite a few people, including myself. Lots of soothing herb teas, loads of vitamin C and keeping quiet, and warm seems to be the way to get through it. These bugs seem to linger for awhile though, and I can be right as rain one day and then back down hill with it the next. Not very fun!

It's times like this where my fashion sense goes out the window and I wistfully wonder whether I'll ever see the day where wearing a huge polar fleece dressing gown and socks to do the groceries will be considered stylish. I wonder why we spend our life wishing we could just wear pajamas all the time because they are sooooo comfortable, instead of the slightly more stylish jeans and cardigan. After all, who makes the rules? Someone somewhere. Fortunately for society at large, these thoughts stay restricted to my vivid imagination and I have not yet reached the age or stage where I can throw caution to the wind and wear whatever I want. Nor do I particularly want to just now. I make no promises for my eighty-year-old future self though, providing these winter sniffles let me live to such a ripe old age.

Projects in the works and my box of wool felt

A rare empty basket...waiting for a project

Thankfully I have got a dozen or so library books to keep me entertained - I plan on writing a bookish blog post soon. Correction, I have. I just haven't edited it yet. I often try and just write all my thoughts out and then edit the mistakes later, as I have found sitting there with a blinking cursor, typing out some letters then hitting backspace is not the best way to write. However, I was told the other day that writing and editing are in fact two completely different brain functions and that 'proper' writers just let themselves go on the page and then go back over it later with their picky, editing mood switched on. I have tried this a couple of times now, resisting the urge to make even the most minor corrections as I go, and I must say it has greatly improved my writing flow.

This could explain why any works of fiction I have attempted have never gone beyond several chapters. I got to 18 chapters once and then abandoned ship. I think perhaps I am a short story writer. The other day I was lost for a certain word, so after much thought just wrote 'something' and then kept going. I plan to go back over it when I am editing anyway. I think this method is also much better for blogging because it's so easy to get writer's block when you try and adjust the words as you write. Better just to get it all out onto the page and then go back over it with the scissors don't you think?

Anyway, that is enough ramblings for a Sunday. I am sure you have more exciting things to do or read so let me get on with the Here and Now! The photos in this post as just random snaps I took around my workspace one sunny afternoon, hoping to give you a little glimpse into my world.

Hello Bunny!
Dresses in progress for my new collection
Henry, disturbed from his afternoon nap
My often crowded ironing board

Who ever said I was tidy?

My tiger skirt, handmade by moi

Violet and Herman, my two houseplants - it's a miracle they are still alive!

My favourite Mary Kilvert mug!

Loving // The warmth of the wood fire
Eating //  Homemade Chicken Soup
Drinking //  Nettle and Chai Tea
Feeling //  A bit under the weather
Making //  A new softie pattern, a crochet scarf, and clothing collection for my shop
Wearing //  An Eeyore jumper 
Thinking //  That I will definitely take a Sunday today
Dreaming //  Of a holiday on a warm tropical beach...

What is happening in your Here & Now?

Here & Now is inspired by Sarah of the Say! Little Hen blog. Join in with your blog! Share your Here & Now link over on Sarah's blog :-) Sarah has also introduced an INSTAGRAM Here & Now Link up this month for those who prefer it!

Megan x


  1. I really enjoyed this post, Megan. Your photos are lovely, too! I'm still trying to grasp not editing as a write at the moment, a writing killing habit I seem to have somehow slipped into.

    Thank-you for joining in!
    Sarah xx

    1. perfectionism in writing sure kills the creative spark!

  2. Many moons ago in a different town, I encountered one of our neighbours wearing his dressing gown at the local grocery store. I'm not sure he was wearing anything but the dressing gown... Eeek! The clerk didn't bat an eyelash. I'm not sure if that meant it was a regular occurance or far from the worse customer fashion choice they'd seen ambling the aisles. Hehe.

    1. Ah the freedom of being able to wear what one likes! :-) Your comment made me laugh Laura!

  3. Your writing tip is brilliant! The creative flow can be quite fragile sometimes. Your cup of tea is making me feel thirsty ... I'm off to make myself a cuppa :) xo

  4. I hope you feel on top of the weather soon, Megan. We have so far managed to avoid colds and flue this season so fingers crossed X. Hello to Henry! It's terrible when someone disturbs your napping, isn't it! I loved seeing the photos of your workroom, I have an untidy sewing table and it doesn't look anywhere near as stylish. Meg:)

    1. that is just a well angled snap of my table Meg :-) I have discovered it is alllll about the angle with photography...anything can look pretty haha! :-)


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