Hello and welcome to Nightingale & Dolittle, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Ruth and I'm from Bristol in the south west of England.

I have an ever-growing obsession with sewing and have grand plans to gradually create a whole handmade wardrobe. I also enjoy knitting and crochet, and they'll pop up occasionally on these pages too.

As I don’t know anyone 'in real life' who is quite as interested in making things for themselves as I am, and as I’ve been inspired by so many great blogs in the past, I started my blog as a way to document my projects and connect with fellow sewists, knitters, and general creatives around the world. 

The name Nightingale & Dolittle was inspired by 2 little girls in my extended family born close together called Florence and Eliza - a comment was made about them being Nightingale and Dolittle and I liked the sound of the names together so stole it for my blog!

I have a general weakness for twirly skirts, colour, flowers, stars and polka dots, which I try, and sometimes fail, to balance out with the need to make more "sensible" garments.

Enjoy reading about what I’ve been up to, and please say hello - I'd love to hear from you!


Contact me at: nightingaleanddolittle@gmail.com


  1. How do I follow by email? I'm enjoying your blog!

    1. Hi Melody! You should now be able to see a follow by email box in the top right of the page. I'm so glad you're enjoying my blog!


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