Altered RTW

Given some tops by a friend of my mum, size 16, altered to fit by unpicking the side seam and sewing in a ribbon to tie. Voila, a holiday top. Advertisements

Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan

Charlie Caftan, from Closet Case Patterns. Shared from and inspired by Simona (see her version here).  I didn’t make any alterations as its a very loose fitting garment.  Mine is a little shorter than the full length version, but that is due to the placement I wanted for the fabric print.  I may add a…

Tilly and the Buttons Miette Skirt

Tilly and the ButtonsMiette Skirt. I wasn’t a fan of the tie around so it was altered to instead fasten with buttons at each side.  I thought the tie would limit the style of top which could be worn with this skirt.  I did not use a lining, and the skirt I chose included the…

McCalls M6557

McCalls M6557 I have made two of these dresses, which have been more of less finished since 2016, but I had not added a final hook for the top of the zip, and therefore have been sat on my work desk for a year. I need more practice on how to finish the top of…

Megan Nielsen Briar Sweater

My first version of this, and I think I messed up each part which could possibly be messed up.  Even so, its wearable and I quite like it.  Maybe I would make the lower hem a little narrower, it seems a little baggy.  I made a size extra small, already traced by the lovely Simona,…

Simplicity 1102

Well, it started out as an Amazing Fit Simplicity 1102, and morphed its way into something else.  That’s what happens when you tell your mum you are sewing her a dress for Mothers’ Day and you let her have too much input!  If the back could be a little lower… If the side could be…

Jennifer Lauren Bronte Top

My measurements suggested I cut between an 8 and a 10 (I done know whether to call it an 8 and a half or a 9!). The first attempt wasn’t hideous, but also wasn’t particularly wearable (I lie, I’m wearing it for bed right now).  I need to make a narrow shoulder adjustment so my…

McCalls 6614

I made McCalls 6614 for my husband, but forgot to prewash the fleece, so it shrank a little.  Luckily I have a son on stand by for this one.

McCalls M7100

I made the smallest option of McCalls M7100 to fit my ten year old daughter for our trip to see Grease.  And then again for myself.   I will make it with about two inches extra on the sleeve length next time. A very easy make.  Lottie’s jacket I chose not to line, she nice…

Love Sewing Magazine, The Shannon Toursers

I tried the Shannon Trousers from Love Sewing Magazine straight from the packet hoping I’d be one of the lucky ones who could just get away with it – no such luck, my hips are huge.  I did go on a trouser block drafting course in 2015 and managed to figure out how to trace…

By Hand London, Victoria Blazer

I spent a perfect sewing day with Simona from Sewing Adventres in the Attick, creating our versions of the By Hand London Victoria Blazer.  We cut, sewed and finished our jackets in the same day, also choosing to fully line the sleeves.  We took inspiration from Sonja at Ginger Makes and chose to make the…