Tag Archive: patterns

VELVET CAMI AND DIY RUFFLE WRAP SKIRT + PATTERN REVIEW #M7606

HI DARLINGS! I couldn’t wait to wear this skirt. We featured this M7606 skirt in the July/August issue of SEW SEW DEF and I knew I had to make it asap. I love a great wrap skirt and I love ruffles! I also had this really great velvet cami I picked up H&M this summer […]

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Back to Black

My goodness! Thank you all so much for all the very constructive, knowledgeable and well thought out responses as to the “what length of dress” question. I have read every one and will follow the majority – I shall henceforth … Continue reading

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FREEBIE WRAP SKIRT TUTORIAL!

HI DARLINGS! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a FREEBIE TUTORIAL. I have been trying really hard to do more videos for my YOUTUBE so although I may not be able to do them every Friday I will be trying to do at least two freebie projects or sew along’s a month. This skirt […]

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PEPLUM BUTTON UP TOP + PDF PATTERN MODIFICATION

HI DARLINGS! I told you yesterday that I was excited about this pattern and I really have made it about 5 times already, including modifications like this one! This pattern was so well received yesterday and I am thrilled to know you guys love it. I wanted to show how easy it is to go from […]

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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual Cigarette Pants

Readers – I have made my first pair of fitted trousers, and I’m pretty pleased with how they have turned out!  I used the Cigarette Pants pattern from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.  Gertie recommends using a fabric with a bit of stretch, but says the trousers can be made in a non-stretch fabric if a […]

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Sea of Silk

Look – photographic evidence that sometimes, just sometimes, the sun does shine in all its glory here. More blue and I really mean true, royal, luscious, rich, deep, drown-in, indulgent blue crepe de chine. Thank you very much to those … Continue reading

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Peasant Blouse (Burda)

Good grief, that’s such a not-inspired title…. So let’s cut to the chase and get on with the sewing. I actually, really and truly, bought a peasant blouse top from a real live shop and loved its gathers, floatiness and … Continue reading

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All for Free

One Pirate pencil skirt One Sorbetto top One pair Barb pants A few metres of Jacobean Floral Fantasy – a pique waffle type ponte double jersey in stylised Jacobean floral print. Fairy tale tree of life branches with deepest green foliage, and … Continue reading

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The Last of the Donna Karans

When Vogue lost the licence to produce DKNY patterns, my little sewing world became yet another wee bit smaller. However, I did take advantage of a $4.99 sale earlier in the year and bought them all up – I’m only … Continue reading

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My Thrifty Tips for Secondhand Sewing

Hi friends! I hope you’re all well! I have several garments to share with you, but I’ve been busy getting ready for a trip to Southern California for Costume College and a vacation and I don’t have much time to take photos, so those dresses are waiting in the wings at the moment.  I also […]

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NAME THAT PATTERN – Happy Birthday, Pierre Cardin Edition!

Readers, did you know that Pierre Cardin was born on this day, July 7, a mere 95 years ago?And would you believe he is still with us — perhaps the last living couturier from the “golden age” of couture? What better way to celebrate this legendary desi…

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Hummingbird print Scout Tee

Last month when I went to the Sew Up North meet up, I was very restrained when it came to buying fabric.  I don’t like having a big stash of fabric – it stresses me out if I can’t just sew up what I’ve got, and it makes me feel somewhat unproductive.  As we wandered […]

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The Shirt (Dress)

This one will not be going to Donegal with me!   Undoubtedly the Internet is a fabulous creation but there is such a thing as ‘too much information’ – I made the fatal mistake of looking up the five day … Continue reading

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Batteries not included…

My little big world of sewing blogs is gradually shrinking: and I am wholly admitting my contribution in that reduction. I cannot deny it…. I have been sewing but not photographing, posing nor posting. Life, life, stuff, more stuff, technical … Continue reading

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Blue rose print Gertie dress

When the latest Cath Kidston catalogue landed on my doormat recently, I was immediately inspired by their colour palette of blue and white floral prints, and got straight on the hunt for some blue roses from Minerva to make my own dress.  They had exactly what I was looking for – a bold and beautiful rose […]

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top

I’m always trying to squeeze garments out of pieces of fabric that are too small.  I had some fabric leftover from my Colette Moneta dress, which I decided to get a Coco top out of to wear under one of my many dungaree dresses!  I had to get creative with the cutting layout as usual, […]

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Suit Pants to Vest

I am back! I hope you all have been a little more successful in your sewing and crafting endeavors than I have been lately.  Above is the vest in regular light after a second run of pressing. The bride really wanted a vest for the groom, but the consultant that they were working with completely ignored…

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Free Book – BROOKE’S BOOKS SPRING PANTRY

Free Book – BROOKE’S BOOKS SPRING PANTRY

PATTERN DETAILS Are you ready for a challenge?…A “Freebie Challenge”, that is. I charted this design with a basic DMC palette. (Oops! I threw in a couple of Mill Hill seed beads to this one.) You can choose to follow the DMC key but I hope you will stitch it with colors, specialty threads, beads, […]

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Glitter Star Print Linden Sweatshirt

Earlier in the year I went to visit a friend in London and we went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia, where I treated myself to some lovely glittery stars sweatshirt fabric to make a second Grainline Linden sweatshirt.  I made my last one in September and I’ve worn it quite […]

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Free Patterns To Sew Your Mini Capsule!

Creating 4-9 garments can be a big undertaking for many sewists- costs can add up if your pattern library isn’t expansive enough to complete that many separates. For a very long time in my sewing career, I only sewed dresses. The switch to sewing separates and layering pieces took a bit of an investment when I…

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Stack Pattern Release

So excited to announce that my Stack Quilt is finally available for purchase! Stack Quilt is the second quilt in my Solid Series, designs focusing on solid fabrics and negative space. This quilt is perfect for both beginner quilters and […]

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Vogue 1027: a faux wrap dress

At some point, I must have decided that I needed more Summer neutrals in my closet. What better than a DKNY jersey dress in the most beautiful, weighty viscose. I’ve used several different shades of this viscose jersey over the years. It always sews up really nicely. I’m also quite fond of Vogue patterns. I find […]

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Pride and Prejudice Preparation

Every year, I get together with one of my best friends and we spend a weekend together watching Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995), stuffing our faces with cheese, and drinking lots of wine.  We started this in 2004 I think, and since then we’ve both moved around quite a lot, changed careers, got married, and […]

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Start Living…

“Let’s start living and dressing like every day is an occasion because it is!”          Julia Alarcon. Lialia I have a true friend whose life has been turned upside down recently: she is remarkable; she is shining … Continue reading

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Patterns Patterns Patterns

I’ve been cleaning up my pattern shop with new photos over the weekend and reopened the one on Etsy too! Because I plan to start as I mean to go on, I should be releasing more patterns over the coming months, and each one will be discounted on Craftsy for the first week of release. […]

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Fusions by Art Gallery Fabrics // Boho Stacked Quilt

Hi friends, I am excited to share with you my most recent finish – the Boho Stacked Quilt! My friend Mathew – or as some of you know him Mister Domestic – asked if I would like to join in […]

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AUFO

Or – to add another acronym to the lexicon of sewing terms – Abandoned Un-Finished Object. I’m giving you the punchline at the beginning here. You know when all of a sudden and out of the blue you need an item … Continue reading

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Banana or Primrose?

The other day a very good friend and I were poking about the posh shops in Holywood (NI not US) and we had a short conversation as we perused the rails: ME: “I’m going to make a pair of yellow jeans.” … Continue reading

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