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Pattern Review 9/6/16 6:09 AM
Self Drafted Pattern - 286481-1023 Six Napoleon Dress
Back in April I wanted to make a dress to wear to my wedding. I asked my husband-to-be to choose one of three short-listed designs. However, when I showed the shortlist to the readers of my sewing blog, many oohed and ah-ed at a dress which wasn't the one chosen. So, after the wedding I challenge... more...
Pattern Review 8/24/16 5:35 PM
Self Drafted Pattern - 286481-1022 Used to be a Tablecloth
This dress was made as part of a group challenge initiated by The Secret Costumier, after she made a beach dress out of a tablecloth. I was lucky to find a similar tablecloth from a charity shop (thrift store) and had fun designing the dress to fit its 'lace' patterns then dying it to a colour that ... more...
Pattern Review 7/12/16 8:54 AM
Self Drafted Pattern - 286481-1021 School Ball Speed Sew Dress
How to design and sew a dress in just over a day, based on a bodice block and waist to floor measurement. Pattern Sizing: The bodice sloper was made using Saran Wrap (cling film). This was tested, adjustments were made then some style features were added to the bodice. The skirt is bodice width ... more...
Pattern Review 5/2/16 12:44 PM
Kwik Sew - 3897 Misses'Overalls
Pattern Description: I call them dungarees, you may call them overalls: the traditional denim workwear with comfortable pants attached to a bib and straps, side of waist fastenings. Pattern Sizing: xs - xl Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with i... more...
Pattern Review 4/27/16 6:19 AM
Self Drafted Pattern - 286481-1020 Jane Eyre
Pattern Description: This is my current take on the 'governess dress' theme: by that, I mean a quite stark-looking black dress with detail at cuffs and collar (usually in white). The style is similar to a shift dress but with a gathered area at the bust dart which creates fullness at the front. ... more...

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