Smith Pinafore dress

Hi Everyone, I’m excited to introduce a new pattern: the Smith Pinafore Dress. It’s in my little Etsy shop now; please enjoy 25% off during October. This pattern comes in 12 sizes, from an 87cm/34″ bust to a 142cm/56″ (but can actually be made bigger than that). It’s designed for traditional non-stretch (rigid) denim and…

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Wedding dress 3

It’s our wedding anniversary, and I thought I’d give the dress an airing. Trying on this dress feels like the glamorous antithesis to the hospital scrub sewing which has gripped our household for the past couple of weeks. To be honest, I was apprehensive about trying it on, in case I got stuck like last…

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Country show dress

On the weekend was our town’s one-day country show. Regrettably, our family couldn’t go, but we still entered some things in handicrafts and cooking. (Read about last year when I entered some dressmaking, the year before when I wished I had, and the year before that when we went for the first time.) I entered…

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Style 2685 finished modelled 1

The yellow dress I started for my favourite 10 year old last weekend is now officially finished. She likes it. The pattern is from 1979, which she considers “olden days”. I thought when I was sewing it, the gathering didn’t seem very full. Although my fabric is a bit crisper than the dress is designed…

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Style 2685 pattern envelope

High on the euphoria of actually completing a project on the same day as I started it (swimming trunks for Ken doll), I decided to make something else quick and easy. Or so I thought. In my fabric collection, I came across this pretty dress pattern stored with some fabric my favourite 10 year old…

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It was 20 years ago today wedding dress

This week was our wedding anniversary and I got out my dress to try on. It last got an airing two years ago in this blog post. I can still get the zip up but the dress is uncomfortably tight. The days of trying this dress on are numbered: I got stuck both getting it…

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Vogue 2607

Not many people can say they still have something in their wardrobe they sewed 30 years ago and still wear. I realised that I do! I sewed Vogue 2507 when I was 16 years old in the late 1980’s. It’s designed by Claude Montana, whose runway collections didn’t appeal to me at the time. (I…

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Book Review Bias Cut Blueprints

Looking for a new adventure in sewing?  You might enjoy Bias Cut Blueprints. This book contains a method for making different garments of any size cut on the bias.  You create a bias cut tube following the book’s directions, and transform it into a dress, top or skirt.  The book explains many neckline, sleeve and…

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A Christmas Day Dress spotty knit fabric

Ladies, Do you like to whip up a new outfit especially for the Festive Season?  How nice it is on Christmas Day to slip into a new dress you’ve made yourself, ready to greet the visitors, drink in hand! I don’t make a new outfit every year, and some years my choice has been thwarted…

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