My Favourite Sewing Patterns

More Complex - Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress


I’ve just counted and I have a total of five Vintage Shirtdresses in my wardrobe and a further two which I altered into shirtwaisters. It helps that I went on the shirtdress course at Sew Over It so have a pattern which has been fine-tuned and altered to fit me perfectly.  For example, I’m pretty much a straight size 20 but had to blend down to a 14 around the shoulders and neck to avoid lots of gaping. I love how versatile this pattern is, my denim dress looks so different to the Liberty one and my crepe version has a real 1940s feel to it. It works for winter and summer.
Adapting it into a shirtwaister was pretty easy, I just cut the skirt front on the fold and completely finished the bodice (buttons and all) before attaching the skirt. I really like the way the skirt pieces hang on this dress and I doubt I’ve sewn my last!  

My 5 Favourite Sewing Tools

Sewing Gauge




 I think this is probably the tool which I pick up during every single project I’m working on. It’s not only useful for measuring distance but a whole host of other little tasks. I use it to mark the pivot point when I’m sewing a collar or a V-neck, to check where to align the top of a zip on the back of my dresses and to ensure my buttons are not only equal distance apart but also in line with the edge of the garment.

Butterick 5285 a.k.a The Perfect Summer Skirt

One of my sewing aims for 2015 is to sew more separates, especially skirts and I’d forgotten about this gem of a pattern, Butterick 5285, which was hiding in my stash. The dated illustrations really don’t do this pattern any justice and a quick Google image search revealed its full potential. 


Our Wedding!

So this isn’t a sewing related post but I thought I’d plug a gap in my blogging history to explain the absence of sewing. Most of January and all of February were spent crafting and preparing for our wedding then we went straight off on honeymoon to Thailand. I’m now back sewing and have a gorgeous new Mortmain to show you next time…

In the meantime I hope you’ll let me be a little self-indulgent and show off some of our wedding photos and tell you a bit about the day itself… 

A Winter Love Affair

I had a bit of a love affair with the Emery dress pattern at the end of the year. I’d worked hard to perfect the fit of the bodice and can now say that it’s perfect, next step would be to draft a few different necklines for a bit of variety. After my first Emery I’ve since made another four (all in quick succession). The first two were Christmas dresses. I made a Christmas dress last year (Simplicity 1873) but that was early on in my dressmaking and the bodice fit isn’t quite right. In fact when I tried it on this year it’s way too big - maybe I’d left space for extra mince pies?

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