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Ina Skirt Sew Along - Week 1 - Fabric and Pattern PrepBy Deepika on Today at 4:10 PM

Nancy Rhodes  suggested that we do a sew-along for the Ina skirt so here we are! With the  Ina Skirt Sew Along. The skirt itself is very quick to sew but we are going to take it slow so we welcome anyone and everyone who wants to join. What do you have to do to join? Simply post on this sew along topic and let us know that you will be sewing along with us so we can add you to the e-mails. 


The Plan

Week 1 (Sep 22nd - 28th ) Discuss fabric, adjustments to be made, taping of pdf versions, fabric pre-treatment.

Week 2 (Sep 29 - Oct 5) Layout, cut & begin to sew seams.

Week 3 (Oct 6 - 12) Adjustments, a trial wear it out and report back, with a take my picture please for photos. 

Final week (Oct 13 - 20) Write reviews and show off just a bit?


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So, here's the plan for this week. 


Buy your pattern (if you don't already have it) and tape it together. If you prefer the paper version, you can skip this step. 


I wrote a quick tutorial on assembling PDF patterns which you may find helpful. 




Have you selected your fabric? Show us what you'll be using. I've created a Flickr group for Ina Skirt here. Flickr Group

When selecting your fabric, make sure that it has atleast 25% stretch and is drapey. Striped fabric will really show off the lovely godets but if you can't find it, there are many other alternatives. Check out the tester photos for inspiration. 

Once you've decided which fabric to use, be sure to wash it the way it will be washed after your skirt is sewn. Even if the fabric does not shrink, you want to remove any sizing or dirt which may have been on it at the store. So do not skip this step. 


I looked around for some suitable fabrics and here's what I found. 

Images clockwise: Dakota Jersey Knit Stripes Teal/BlackGraphite Pintuck Jersey Knit Stripe Grey/BlackVenice Stretch ITY Jersey Knit Stripe Blue, Sawyer Brook Fabrics Wood Violet Stripe.


Images right to left: Fashion Fabrics Club ITY Green/Black Stripe Jersey KnitITY Red/Black Stripe Jersey KnitITY Taupe/Black Stripe Jersey Knit.


Images left to right: Fabric Mart Fabrics Charcoal/Cream Waves Tie-Dye Look Jacquard Knit with Irregular RufflesPlum/White Waves Tie-Dye Look Jacquard Knit with Irregular Ruffles.

Found any others? Post on the topic and let us know. And again, we'd love to see pictures of your fabrics in the Flickr Group too. 

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Exclusive Interview with By Hand LondonBy AlexisW on 9/22/14 1:20 PM

For the month of September, we've been celebrating our much-loved Indie Pattern Designer, By Hand London! Check out some of our favorite Elisalex Dress hacks by our members - so creative! Featured as one of our top-rated patterns of the past year, By Hand London's fresh designs have wowed us from the get-go. If you want to learn more about these impressive entrepreneurs, keep reading for our exclusive interview with By Hand London joint founder, Charlotte Hintzen.

An outtake of a shoot where we tried to get an official shot of us for press use.... and failed.


What prompted you to launch your own sewing pattern label?

“It all came about slightly haphazardly and organically! I was working in the marketing department of a tech startup and, fed up of spending loads of hours in front of a screen, wanted to find an offline hobby. And, so I thought it was the perfect time to learn how to make my own clothes (specifically dresses), which I'd been wanting to do for ages. I then got so excited about the whole online community as I uncovered more and more of it, that I started making grand plans for a sewing themed startup.

I had a pretty bad, pretty expensive idea and, happily armed with that, I contacted my Facebook and school pal Elisalex (who's sewing blog I had been following), to pick her brain. The ensuing meet up was a caffeine fuelled stream of excited chatter, as we morphed the bad idea into a worse idea and decided to go into business together there and then! Many months and excel worksheets later we figured out that our grand masterplan was basically, well....a bit rubbish. But, along the way we'd never stopped discussing sewing patterns, about what a great product they were and how in need of a revamp! So, quite quickly, we turned our plan around and By Hand London was born.

Pretty much the first thing we did after deciding this was our new course of action was go on the hunt for a pattern cutter, which is how we found our third partner in crime, Victoria. And, pretty much from the word go she was integral to the business, is now counted as a cofounder, about to become a Director and actually lives with Elisalex!

So that, in not so much of a nutshell, is how it all began.”

The entirely uninspiring view of a tire yard from our very first, really grotty, studio in North Wembley. Which, we very very gladly left in August to move into our bright and lovely space in North Acton. Just need to spruce it up a little more and we'll share some photos!


Tell us a little about what inspires your designs. Do you follow upcoming trends?

“It's a bit of a mixed bag actually. I would say Elisalex and I are avid collectors and lovers of vintage dresses and the ultra feminine silhouettes of the 50s. However, Victoria is much more trend led and minimal in her style. This stylistic mix between us is what gives us our approach of creating up-to-date versions of classic silhouettes. And, really, at its core our design motivation is pretty personal and pretty simple - we just design what we want to be wearing!”

About a year ago, when our studio was Elisalex's living room and it meant that meetings could involve 'pass the kitten'.


What’s your favorite project or pattern that you enjoy making?

“Hmmm, I would say that for me I'm really in love with our bodices in particular. They just really truly demonstrate how versatile sewing patterns can be when you can end up making loads of seemingly very different dresses, just by adding a new skirt to the same bodice.”

At the same meeting with the kitten we drew the design for the Flora Dress and this is that very first sketch!


Do you have any sewing pet peeves?

“In truth, not really! But that's because I'm quite a badly behaved sewist - much to Elisalex and Victoria's despair... They, on the other hand, are very particular! Victoria is very strict about following grainlines properly and Elisalex is especially eagle-eyed when it comes to using her fabric scissors for fabric only. Disobey at your own peril!”

When our other studio was my living room! Victoria spreading out on the floor to check over finished measurements.


What’s next for By Hand London?

“Welllll, you may have seen us shouting rather loudly at the beginning of this year about our Kickstarter campaign...? We successfully, happily, raised the funds to set up as a print-on-demand fabric service and are aiming to be set up in November of this year. You can either create fabric with us by simply uploading your own artwork,  or, you can choose from our gallery of designs which will be sourced from a mix of artists and designers we've approached and open-to-anyone-and-everyone competitions voted on by you. This next step ties in wonderfully with our love of customizing and reviving old world skills into the 21st century.”


Elisalex inside Anthropologie on London's famous King's Road holding a class in winter last year - one of our proudest moments thus far!


When you have a spare moment from designing and creating, what do you like to do?

“Ummm, I think I speak for all of us when I say: SLEEP! Having the opportunity to build something from the ground up with your pals is unbelievable and we wouldn't trade it for any other job in the world, however, an own business definitely takes its toll on your social (and love!) life. Which is why, in down time, we just want to blow off steam by dancing, eating, drinking and talking with our nearest and dearest.”

The talented Anna Walker, who does our fashion illustrations, sent over a photo of the first sketches for the Georgia Dress.


Any final tips or thoughts you would like to share with the PatternReview community?

“Keep sharing your makes online! I feel like the louder the handmade movement gets the better - we need to show the world how brilliant making your own clothes and reclaiming your own individual style really is.”


Would you love to win By Hand London Patterns? Simply post a new review of any BHL pattern on our contest page or Facebook for a chance to receive fantastic prizes from these lovely ladies. Read the complete details of our By Hand London Contest and enter today!

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jkwnorth said...
What a wonderful story of innovation, creative vision, and hard work! I would love to post a review and enter this contest!! Alas the Anna pattern which is oh so flattering and appealing only comes up to a size 16 this contest is not possible for the more curvy among us. BHL ladies please grade the Anna dress up to a 26/28. It would be a beautiful larger size dress!!
Today at 1:40 PM
I made it said...
Love the interview! Thanks! It's great to read about how designers got their start and even greater that you are all buddies!
Today at 4:39 PM
New Liesl + Co. PDF PatternsBy AlexisW on 9/19/14 12:04 PM

Liesl + Co. have been surprising us with new releases this autumn! If you’ve been following Liesl + Co., you may have heard that they will be debuting four new designs every Thursday. So far, so good!

The recently released Liesl + Co. Cinema Dress is a comfortable, easy-going dress that is styled after the Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Tunic. Available in women’s sizes 0-20 with options for mid-calf or knee lengths, this dress is designed to flatter all figures. The Cinema Dress also has detailed instructions for full-bust adjustments for a more personalized fit.

Printed twill and cotton fabrics will work wonders for this dress in the summer months. But with autumn at our doorstep, now's the time to sew up the Cinema Dress in warm lightweight wools for the coming season.


A wonderful transition piece, Liesl + Co.’s new Girl Friday Culottes have the appearance of a full skirt, with flattering pleats, back darts, and hidden side pockets. We love its feminine, classic style! Pair the Girl Friday Culottes with a tucked-in blouse and pumps for a cool, contemporary look.

Make the most out of your culottes by using different fabrics, like lightweight chambray or soft voile. Whether you're on the run around town or having a relaxed evening with friends, the Girl Friday Culottes are big on style.

See all Liesl + Co. Patterns and pick up these new digital releases today!


If you're a Friends of PR member, you can instantly save 10% off these Liesl + Co. PDF patterns! Learn more about FoPR discounts here.

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Quickie said...
I love the dress
9/19/14 12:59 PM
Adaire said...
I love the dress also and quickly purchased the pattern. Caveat: It is 75 pages to print and I don't see how you could eliminate any of them!
9/20/14 9:23 AM
wolfm said...
I'm eagerly awaiting reviews for both of these patterns!
9/20/14 3:20 PM
Andi said...
I had a dress just like that cinema dress in 1980 and I loved it. It had trapunto on the yoke and around them hem. Not sure about the back buttons tho.
9/21/14 2:36 PM
Deepika said...
@Adaire, the pattern itself is 55 pages but it also includes a copy shop version. If you send the last two pages to a copyshop they can print them for you. Hope this helps.
Today at 1:17 PM
Vote in the One Pattern, Many Looks ContestBy AlexisW on 9/18/14 11:50 AM

Time to vote! Make the most out of your pattern this fall with the One Pattern, Many Looks Contest. Great for pattern designs with multiple views, this contest challenged participants to create a variety of looks under one general style. Since the overall structure of the garment remained the same, pattern drafting wasn’t necessary for this contest. Alterations included adjusting necklines/hemlines, adding trims, and changing fabrics. This contest encouraged members to reuse patterns, take advantage of previous fittings, and get creative!


Voting for the One Pattern, Many Looks Contest begins Thursday, September 18th.

Browse the Gallery for all entries in One Pattern, Many Looks Contest.

Wednesday, September 24th is the last day to make your selections.

Review the Rules for complete contest guidelines and vote today!


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Simplicity Patterns $3.99 Sale!By AlexisW on 9/16/14 3:45 PM

All Simplicity Patterns are now on sale for $3.99 beginning today!

Stock up on your favorite patterns now to receive this fabulous deal!

For two days only, the entire Autumn 2014 Collection is on sale.

New Simplicity 1277 Miss and Plus Amazing Fit Dress is only $3.99 for a limited time.

*Free members, join Friends of PR now to save even more on your order!

Sale ends Midnight EST on Wednesday, September 17th.


Browse recent reviews of highly-rated Simplicity Patterns and pick up yours today!

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Exposed Zippers - 5 WaysBy Deepika on 9/15/14 10:06 PM

Short on time? Restyle with with exposed zippers in 5 easy ways. 

When you take designer Angela Wolf's video class - Exposed Zippers. 

In over 1.5 hours of Video, you'll learn easy ways to transform 3 pieces in your wardrobe. 


  • A Skirt 
  • A Pair of Pants
  • A Simple T-Shirt 


Then learn 2 new pattern alterations to add exposed zippers to a two-piece Jacket sleeve and alter an existing Jacket pattern to incorporate an exposed zipper. 

All with the help of videos which are so easy to follow. 


Need more help? Angela will be right there in the classroom to help answer any questions you may have.


Remember: Once you register for this class, it never expires. Isn't that wonderful? Knowing that you can come back for a refresher course at any time? 

Check out the Class Outline for more details and a complete list of all the zippers we will be using in this Class. 



We are giving away one class for free! All you have to do is tell us what you'd like to transform first in the comments section below. Giveaway ends Friday midnight eastern. 


Want to learn right away? Buy this class now for only $29! 


P.S. The giveaway is now closed. MelissaW, congrats. You win! 

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JEthier said...
I'd love to transform some of my "still good" but very plain t-shirts.
9/16/14 8:53 AM
Kim Fisher said...
I can't decide between transforming a t-shirt or adding pockets with a zipper. Guess I will need to do both!
9/16/14 9:45 AM
Brenda said...
I would like to add details to plain pants or jazz up a t-shirt.
9/16/14 1:32 PM
heathertnz said...
I would like to add an open ended zip to a crew neck jersey to make it like a jacket
9/16/14 4:45 PM
MelissaW said...
I have a super cute tank dress that would look awesome with a front exposed zipper!
9/16/14 8:27 PM
lyndyloulou said...
Looks a great way of enhancing a plain and boring t shirt
9/17/14 2:44 AM
wexford said...
I'd like to add a couple of zip pockets to jazz up some slacks
9/17/14 9:51 PM
sewgirl said...
Would love to add a sexy full length zip to the back of a pencil skirt.
Today at 12:33 PM
Member in Focus: SuzyBeeBy AlexisW on 9/15/14 1:25 PM

Member Since:  2011

PR Name: SuzyBee

Name: Suzy Bennett

Birthday: June 11th


How did you learn to sew?

“I'm self taught, mostly from the internet and books.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Definitely the fitting! It’s an on-going process, I seem to get one adjustment sorted then find another one.”

What are you sewing right now?

“A dress - McCalls 6754.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“To keep sewing and to enjoy it - no real goals!”


Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I tend to refer most when I'm sewing jackets - Tailoring, Jackets for Real People and Cool Couture by Kenneth King are my favourites.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“Oohh, this is a hard one! I'd have to say my TNT jeans - it’s a combo of Sewaholic Thurlow pants and Vogue 8774.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“When I first started sewing it was so good to find a website like this, it’s saved me so much time and inspired me to look past the pattern pictures and what the garments look like on real people.”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“I do Karate 3 times a week, currently training for my Black belt grading.”

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

“I live in South Australia and work part time in a small plumbing office.”

Thanks for sharing with us, SuzyBee!

See all of SuzyBee's reviews in the gallery.

Follow SuzyBee's recent activity on PR.

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Jenny80 said...
Yay Suzy! I love your stuff and your Yaletown is still my fave!
9/15/14 4:08 PM
jeanau said...
I love your style Suzy!
9/15/14 5:18 PM
Danmar said...
I love your clothes. Very attractive! Thanks for sharing!
9/16/14 6:22 AM
Tindi said...
I love the items you sew.
9/16/14 9:39 AM
Bongoramsey said...
The blue-and-white polkadot dress is very flattering. I think that's my favorite.
9/16/14 10:00 AM
Jolianne said...
I really like everything, excellent fitting. I would like to know which pattern you use for the black pants. Bravo and thanks for sharing!
9/16/14 10:10 AM
ASiverson said...
congrats Suzy! Love your style!
9/16/14 10:20 AM
ASiverson said...
congrats Suzy! Love your style!
9/16/14 10:20 AM
kajero said...
Wow! Your garment sewing is exceptional. I looked at your reviews. The fabric, styles, and gorgeous look like you spent a million bucks on them!
9/16/14 11:06 AM
MicheleSewNSew said...
You look amazing and your creations are just beautiful!
9/16/14 12:38 PM
workinonit said...
all your clothes are very nice.... great work.. and self taught, thats a fantastic effort!
9/16/14 3:31 PM
Doobee64 said...
Great review of some of your super sewing, Suzy!
9/16/14 4:02 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
I love the reach across the waters of our world to meet fellow stitchers far far away. Good to meet you... especially good to meet younger sewists... I no longer fear that 'I made it' will be a phrase lost in the past....
9/16/14 5:19 PM
dove29 said...
Your projects turned out really great! I'm especially impressed with the polka dot dress and the jeans.
9/16/14 7:38 PM
workinonit said...
all your clothes are very nice.... great work.. and self taught, thats a fantastic effort!
9/16/14 7:47 PM
Sewing Gal said...
I'm very impressed with the amount of sewing you have done. I've sewn for years and haven't tackled jeans yet. My dream is to visit your country!
9/16/14 7:55 PM
bdizzine said...
Great clothes,well done! You are an inspiration. Thanks for your sharing.
9/17/14 4:46 PM
Elisalex Dress: 4 Looks, 1 PatternBy AlexisW on 9/12/14 1:08 PM

By Hand London is our featured indie designer for September and we’re celebrating BHL patterns by having a contest all this month! To get you inspired, we’re sharing some of our favorite hacks and frankenpatterns!

We love the creative ways our members have altered the Elisalex Dress to suit their style. This versatile design can be glammed up for special occasions or kept casual with comfy knit fabrics.

Join us in celebrating By Hand London Patterns!


Elisalex Circle Skirt

lalalauren says, “I love the princess-seamed bodice and elegant neckline, and I love the tulip skirt, but I wanted to make it in a winter-weight knit fabric and I thought a circle skirt was more suitable for that particular fabric.”


Elisalex Pencil Skirt

ZoSews says, "Changed the skirt to Gertie's pencil skirt, but then changed front darts to tucks. I've made a few changes to the Elisalex bodice, as outlined in my previous review but nothing further there. Also added a skirt lining (a replica of the pencil, however keeping the darts), hand picked the zipper, added 3 decorative buttons on each sleeve, added a lace to the lining hem and bound the outer hem."

PoldaPop says, "I will likely use the bodice again - I'm thinking I might make it with a 1/2 or 3/4 circle skirt. I would certainly recommend the dress, but from my own experience and what I've read online, I don't think the skirt works for everyone."

bimbleandpimble says, "I lengthened the bodice by an inch to end on my waistline. I also shaved 9mm off the outside of both shoulders (I went sleeveless). I also substituted the skirt with a Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt pattern."


Elisalex & Charlotte Mash Up

Lucinda says, “I knew the Georgia Dress was going to require a bit of time to fit, and time wasn't on my side, so instead I turned to a dress pattern I've been clinging to for awhile: the Elisalex Dress. I knew the simple princess seam bodice would be easy to fit, and it was! The skirt attached perfectly to the bodice. I didn't bother moving the darts to align with the princess seams because of the busy print, but I would consider it if I used a solid fabric or smaller print.”


Elisalex Gathered Skirt

Alice Wang says, “The cotton is a medium weight one, and I don't think it needed lining. I made a toile for this, and there was some back gaping going on, so I altered the back pieces to take that out. As the back was one of the features why I liked the pattern, I had to make sure it fitted snugly. I also swapped the tulip skirt out for a full gathered one.”

chrystalmckay says, “I have sewn this pattern 3 times now. The bodice just fits really nicely and using different skirt patterns helps bring a more casual feel to the dress. I'm waiting for the right fabric to use to FINALLY use the original tulip skirt as it is ADORABLE.”

See more reviews for the Elisalex Dress on PR.


Have you sewn a BHL pattern recently? Post a new review on our contest page for a chance to win lovely prizes from By Hand London!

The more entries you submit, the more chances you have for winning! Read more about the By Hand London contest here.

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Winners of the TNT Tee Contest!By AlexisW on 9/10/14 4:33 PM

Do you have a “tried and true” basic tee pattern that you would love to hack? Participants for the TNT Tee Contest were challenged to use one go-to basic top to sew up to six unique variations in knit fabrics.

Whether it be a self-drafted pattern or an oldie but goodie, the goal of this contest was to make the most out of your TNT tee pattern! Overall fit, construction, and alterations for each entry were taken into account by members while voting. There's over 100 creative tee hacks in this contest - wow!

Time to meet the winners!


First Prize Winner: HRigg for Burda: 7970 Burda 7970 Shirt & Dress

HRigg says, “The contest has given me a focus for my August sewing and encouraged me to think of different ways to develop the pattern, to try different presentations and new techniques as well as using up some of the fabric in my stash and remnants left from previous projects. I decided to sew T shirts to take me through the year – in other words – A Tee for all seasons.”

Congratulations, HRigg!


Second Prize Winner: Lori9999 for Self Drafted Pattern 315148-1002 (Tried & True Tee Shirt)

Lori9999 says, “I pretty much live in jeans and tee shirts, so this contest has added 5 new tees to my arsenal, as well as a very comfortable and casual maxi dress. I will make many, more of these tee shirts. There are so many design possibilities, such as changing sleeve styles, necklines, adding different collars, pockets, yokes, cuffs and seam treatments… Definitely a 'tried and true' pattern. I have no intention of ever buying another tee shirt.”

Lovely tops, Lori9999!


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the TNT Tee Contest!

Special thanks to the Contest Manager, Sewmaris.

EmmaOneSock is the proud Sponsor of the TNT Tee Contest. Thank you!

Follow the lively Contestant Chat.

Read the Contest Report and Rules.

Browse the Contest Gallery to view all the entries.


Join the fun! See all Currently Running Contests on PR.

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HRigg said...
Thank you everyone and for your votes. It's good to win but the best bit was taking part. There were some great Tees and thanks to PR we can all share and get new ideas.
9/11/14 3:44 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Congratulations to both of you!
9/11/14 5:13 AM
Kabunta said...
Congratulations to both of you! Really amazing collections and excellent execution.
9/11/14 5:48 AM
tlc246 said...
9/11/14 9:18 AM
Erin Sooit said...
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that participated. It was wonderful to get some fresh ideas for changing up the basic tee shirt.
9/11/14 10:49 AM
RedRockin said...
Congrats to everyone! This was one of the hardest contests for voting because so many entries showed imagination and inventiveness.
9/11/14 12:09 PM
ggf2005 said...
Congratulations first and second prize winners!
9/11/14 2:18 PM
Aroura said...
Congrats to the winners, you both made amazing garments!
9/11/14 7:31 PM
Jill A. Johnson said...
Both fantastic work! congratulations on the wins... :)
9/11/14 8:15 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Hey! This was another hard to vote contest... so many fab entries. Congratulations to all who participated.
9/12/14 7:23 AM
Quickie said...
Congrats to the winners! For myself I could not join this contest, but I enjoy to see all the fantasy and idea's of all contestants
9/12/14 9:36 AM
MaryMacTree said...
Wow. Great job ladies. Beautifully wonderfully Amazingly Perfectionism
9/13/14 11:29 PM
serrytue said...
Congrats to the winners, both very deserving!
9/15/14 12:06 PM
marec said...
Congratulations for well deserved wins! Amazing skills and creativity-how inspiring.
9/16/14 9:38 AM
Bongoramsey said...
I really like the color-blocked T by Lori9999. It looks like something from a designer boutique.
9/16/14 10:26 AM
Sew WYO said...
Congratulations to you both! What wonderful collections!
9/20/14 5:36 PM
One Day Sale! 50% Off Select Burda PatternsBy AlexisW on 9/10/14 11:42 AM

For one day only, all soon-to-be retired Burda Patterns are now on sale!

Don't miss out on this great deal! Receive 50% off select styles while quantities last.

Burda 7494 Dress & Jacket now 50% off for a limited time.

Shop all discontinuing Burda Patterns today!

*Free members, join Friends of PR now to save even more on your order!

Sale ends Midnight EST on Wednesday, September 10th.

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10 Tips on Layering your Look for AutumnBy AlexisW on 9/8/14 2:38 PM

Now that September is finally here, we’re thinking of ways to extend our wardrobe into the next season. If you’re like us and not ready to put away your cheery summer outfits, we have some excellent suggestions from our members on layering your look.

1. Pair a floral printed dress with warm tights in a rich color and a dark cardigan for a more muted look.

2. If you tend to wear specific colors in your day-to-day routine, sew pieces in coordinating colors to easily mix and match.

Mole Princess says, “Having a short-sleeved and a long-sleeved T in the same color to go with a favorite skirt, so I can keep wearing the look; and if a jacket goes too... and if a scarf goes too... and if I have a warmer slip... then I can go almost four seasons.”

3. Escape the winter gloom with an eye-catching infinity scarf and bright accessories for a pop of color.

tourist says, “I second the big scarf. On a recent trip we miscalculated the weather and I needed warmer stuff than I brought. My wool/silk pashmina was perfect. When it got warmer during the day, it just rolled up and fit easily in my purse.”

4. Avoid feeling frumpy in layers with colorful winter fabrics such as wool and tweed in jewel tones.

5. Medium weight clothing is great for those in seasonal climates. Add an extra layer come winter or remove a layer when the weather begins to warm.

LizJ58 says, “Wear rayon knit or woven tops under a cardi or kimono jacket, perhaps out of rayon too (or linen/rayon, or silk). The two layers will keep you warm enough when needed, and the rayon will keep you cool as things heat up.”

6. Challenge yourself by making a nicely tailored jacket in a neutral color for your go-to autumn staple.

7. Sew a separate slip or half-slip for unlined skirts and dresses.

8. Three-quarter length sleeve tops are a versatile basic that will transition through the seasons.

Speech girl says, “I make a lot of 3/4 sleeve tops which I can wear in the fall, spring, and winter in my not-so-cold climate. In the winter I wear a cardi overtop if it's really cold.”

9. Combine your knee-length skirts with tall boots and thick leggings to keep warm.

with love Heidi says, “I wear my ‘summer’ clothes all year round but layered over leggings and long sleeve tees in winter.”

10. Make practical separates in similar styles for a matching mini-wardrobe.

How do you make the most of out your summer wardrobe? Join the conversation or comment below!

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LizJ58 said...
LOL, I got QUOTED!!!
9/9/14 9:22 AM
tlc246 said...
Great transitional tips!
9/9/14 12:35 PM
marjenann said...
Love this capsule of fashion tips! Fun and informative!
9/10/14 7:26 AM
Mary Lockhart said...
This is a great topic. In general I've been fighting wardrobe bloat with clothes that can be worn 3 seasons. It's working well. I stick to neutrals for work and an endless complement of tops and cardis in white black and nice shoes. My favorite neutrals so are tans charcoal and black and lots of pattern including zebra and ethnic geometries.. I have a strong attraction to brights but I wound up with "nothing" to wear. I'm in Ohio-new york. It's too hot inside in the winter for heavy clothes. Add tights or silk long Johns to any outfit plus good dry shoes and I'm set for bad weather. Same pants with white tank top and thin jacket and I'm good in summer. Most satisfied with my closet in 40 years.
9/10/14 8:34 AM
Bagcetera said...
I travel a lot and so love knits that fold up or roll up to nothing. I top sleeveless or short sleeved dresses or tops with black knit cardigans - I have three that are short, medium and a longer length, each with different details - ruffles, lace and pleat. I use capri length and ankle length black leggings under tunics or short dresses for cooler weather. I can use a carryon suitcase for a week's travel!
9/10/14 2:40 PM
AnnTheVegan said...
I love the jacket ideas. The Simplicity jacket is on the money.
9/10/14 4:07 PM
juswanastitch said...
It still feels like summer in So Cal throughout much of the fall so I continue wearing my neutrals and darks but, change it up with tights and boots when I can!
9/11/14 12:07 PM
Katharine in BXL said...
Boots! Especially knee high boots. They add more warmth than just tights. I wear 3/4 length bike tights (leggings) under skirts/dresses with boots to bike to work, even in snow. When I warm up at work I take off the tights.
9/14/14 4:24 AM
Celebrating Indie Patterns - September - By Hand LondonBy AlexisW on 9/5/14 12:45 PM

Continuing our celebration of indie patterns, we’re kicking off the month of September with one of our highly-reviewed designers, By Hand London!

Founders and gal pals, Charlotte and Elisalex, have created a distinct brand with contemporary silhouettes. We love the personal touches to their designs. Each pattern comes with its own story and inspiration. We can't get enough of the handy lay flat instruction booklet – perfect for adding your own notes!

The Anna Dress was one of our Top 10 Patterns on PatternReview last year! A huge inspiration for others beginning their own independent business, we can’t wait to see what’s next for By Hand London!

Join us in celebrating By Hand London patterns for the month of September. Sew a project (or many) using a By Hand London pattern and post a new review for each project. The more entries you submit, the more chances you have for winning!

Celebrating By Hand London Patterns 

1. In the month of September sew a project using any of the By Hand London Patterns.

2. Write a new review on PatternReview with at least one photo.

3. Copy and paste a link to that review on -

Contest ends September 30th Midnight EST.



1. Why three places?

Because it increases your odds of winning!

2. Can I sew more than one project?

Yes of course. You'll just need to write a new review for each project, even if you use the same pattern. Again, this increases your chances of winning.

3. Can anyone participate?

Yes! Forward this to all your friends. As long as they join PatternReview (free membership will suffice) they qualify.

4. What are the prizes?

One winner will receive three By Hand London patterns of their choice sponsored by By Hand London.

5. How will the winner be decided?

By random drawing.


Here are some popular picks you may want to try!

Newly released Holly Jumpsuit is now available on PR! See more details here.

Elisalex Dress

Anna Dress

All By Hand London Patterns.


See more from our Indie Pattern Designer series!

June - Celebrating Grainline Studio Patterns

May - Celebrating Angela Wolf Patterns

April - Celebrating Colette Patterns

March - Celebrating Sewaholic Patterns

February - Celebrating MariaDenmark Patterns

January - Celebrating Christine Jonson Patterns

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Jenny80 said...
I reviewed the BHL new Holly jumpsuit!
9/8/14 10:20 AM
Alice Wang said...
I've just added a review of a full-blown version of the Elisalex - link here
9/16/14 4:15 AM
junips said...
here's my review of the charlotte skirt.
9/16/14 8:32 AM
Vote in the TNT Tee Contest!By AlexisW on 9/3/14 11:57 AM

Time to vote for the TNT Tee Contest! From polo shirts to raglan sleeved tees, this contest challenged participants to sew up a "tried and true" pattern for tops or draft a new one. This basic tee would be used to create up to six knit variations using only one pattern.

Color blocking, embellishments and collars are just some of the creative ways these TNT tees have been modified. Special criteria to consider while voting for this contest include overall fit, construction, and alterations.

Voting for the TNT Tee Contest begins Wednesday, September 3rd. Browse the Contest Gallery page to see all the participant submissions.

Remember, you can vote on up to five entries! Make your selections by Tuesday, September 9th.

Vote now!

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Ina Skirt in a Stretch Woven By Deepika on 9/1/14 12:50 PM

Happy September 1st! Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? And to celebrate this month, we will be posting pattern hacks, tutorials and lots of other fun inspirational stuff on our blog. So be sure to add us to your RSS feed or Blog Reader.

Today I am sharing Quickie's Woven Ina Skirt

As you know, the Ina Maxi Skirt is designed for stretch knits but it is a very versatile pattern. Quickie's beautiful floral and lace version is a great example of how to tweak it to get a slightly different look. 

Fabric: Stretch Cotton Woven with a fair amount of stretch.

Pattern Mods: Since the stretch woven Quickie used had a good amount of stretch, she did't need to modify the skirt body. But because the waistband needs a fabric with good recovery to keep it in place, she decided to underline the waistband pieces with a stable knit. That worked wonderfully for her! Quickie also added an extra godet behind the black and white godet. She used a black stretch knit fabric.

Design Details: To add to the romance of the floral fabric, Quickie decided to add a strip of lace to the hem. Since the length of the skirt was perfect for her, to accomodate for the 18cm wide lace, she shortened the skirt by 9 cm. She wanted half the lace to peek out of the skirt.


This is such an easy modification to the pattern and adds a lot of drama to the final result.

Thank you Quickie for sharing this with us. We know you are loving your Ina and we hear a lot more versions are in the works! We look forward to your reviews.

We featured Quickie (Marieke) as our Member in Focus earier this year. Read our exclusive interview with her.

Buy the Ina Maxi Skirt (available in Misses and Plus sizes in PDF or Paper format)

Related posts: Tester Photos, Official launch announcement

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Margaret said...
Looks great! Very pretty with the lace!
9/2/14 0:20 AM
petro said...
Love the fabric you chose for this!
9/2/14 2:32 PM
fabricaddiction said...
May I suggest a cute bolero jacket in the same colours and with the lace used in the skirt? It would make a great Spanish-looking outfit :)
9/2/14 8:56 PM
Quickie said...
Thank you, it was so fun to make this skirt. A short bolero jacket seems to me a fun idea to make it complete. I 'll go and think that out
9/3/14 11:10 AM
ASiverson said...
I love, love, love this version of the Ina. Wonderful! TFS!
9/3/14 11:25 AM
sew4grands said...
Wonderful job on the skirt, and you look great wearing it.
9/5/14 1:12 PM
Rhoda K said...
Beautiful skirt and great fabric choice. The lace is such a nice touch.
9/5/14 9:59 PM

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