Patterns arrived

I’m planning to enter the Simplicity competition that is currently open, where they are searching for¬†the Simplicity Star Sewist.

First stage is complete as the two patterns for the categories I plan to enter have arrived. ūüôā



I’ve also been doing some thinking on exactly what I might make with them, and from what fabric.

Let the creativity begin….




Infinity Dress

A quick and easy jersey dress, which can be worn in many different ways.


This was made based on a similar dress I was given by a friend.

Appearing in Threads Magazine

I’m so proud to have had one of my outfits selected for the current issue of Threads Magazine. This is a great magazine, from America that provides lots of fantastic articles and tutorials on many of the more advanced sewing techniques.

I’d recommend it to anyone looking to take their sewing to the next level.


The outfit of mine that it features is the dress I made to wear to my friends wedding last year. The journey of its creation can be read about on this blog.

Threads can be bought in many ways Рideal for those not living in America. They do a print version, which comes with free access to the online edition that is now available for Apple and Android, an online only subscription, plus they can be individually bought via the Kobo store. So lots of options for all you keen sewers. Find out more about the magazine at:

Spring into the jersey dress trend

As spring approaches I thought it was time for a new Jersey dress for work. Jersey dresses have been in the sewing trends recently both the the Great British Sewing Bee, and the new book from Collete.

I’ve made quite a few jersey dresses as they are so quick and easy to make with a serger. My normal route is to start with a vintage dress pattern and ditch the facings. I then use strips of the fabric, folded and the served onto the neck and arm holes. Stretch the strip slightly when you’re attaching to stop it ending up baggy. This means it’s easy to reshape the neck into a new scoop shape as you want. Remember keep the new scoop at 90o in the middle to help keep it balanced.

The finished modern dress.


I think it looks a bit different from the pattern picture!


The sleeve picture really doesn’t do it justice. The dress has darts front and back which give it a lovely fitted shape and stops it looking like a big baggy tshirt.

A serger is great for jersey and I love using it to do a lettuce edge rolled heam.

Colette Truffle minus truffle!

Another twist on the great Colette Truffle dress. This time I wanted a version to wear to work – slightly longer so that I could cycle in it.


As you can see this is it worn to work with a cardigan since it’s not quite warm enough for bare arms.

I used a nice light weight wool fabric and lined the top with some lovely soft lining fabric. Can’t remember what it was called think it was made from paper? Really soft and can be used like habotti silk.

As before the dress made up nicely. The pattern results in quite a short above the knee dress which I didn’t want, so I lengthened the skirt pieces by about 10cm. This made a nice knee length skirt – great with boots in the winter.

As there was no truffle added I decided to make a fabric belt, with a nice vintage buckle I found. I added a popper to the end of the belt to stop the belt slipping.

Although I’ve worn it with a cardigan, or wool jacket it also works well on its own. The wool is light enough that it should work well in spring and summer too.


Vintage tunic

Another version on vintage butterick 3460. This is the third dress I’ve made with this pattern.

Like the grey geometric patterned one posted previously I shortened the dress to make it above the knee. I made it slightly longer than the grey one so that it looked better with tights rather than needing leggings.


The fabric was a lovely burnt out velvet jersey from a German manufacturer. The mixture of jersey, with a hint of velvet made this a great, easy wearing dress to wear for winter night out, or even for smart occasions during the day. A great all-rounder.

Vogue 8551 Evening dress

First made this vogue dress 21 years ago! Last time it was in dark green velvet.

The pattern is for an unlined dress which I didn’t want to do. With having the high slit on the left thigh I made the lining shorter at the front than the back.

As I mentioned in a previous post – using the through the shoulders technique to attach and turn the lining is very difficult when the straps are as narrow as they are on this pattern.

Another problem encountered was that it was designed for a B cup. The front pieces for the ptincess seams need adjustments to give enough room for a C cup.

There were facing pieces on the front slit which I held in place using wonderweb tape to stoo them flapping out. With the dress being such fine fabric this was easier than my usual invisible heaming stitches.

I found that I didn’t like how it sat under my arms, was possibility a bit too low for me.


Dress was saved by making a quick shrug. Started making less than 2 hours before we were going out!

Traced the shrug from an old one I had. Three simple pieces. Used my overlocker to sew shoulder seams and underarm/sides. Then set the overlocker to a roll heam to finish neck and lower edge. Sucess.

Butterick 5880 finished

As promised here’s my finished dress. See my earlier post for the journey that I took to make it.


You might notice this picture is in keeping with the ads for the pattern – even with my vintage camera case!

As it was a wedding I also made two silk flowers.  One as a corsage and one as a fascinator.

It turned out more of a challenge than it should have but I was pleased in the end.

Vintage shift dress

Last week I was about to pack for a weekend in Munich with my husband when¬† I realised the dress I’d made to wear would not be ideal. I’d planned to take the purple vogue jersey dress I’d recently made…. but the forecast was for „Ää10o.¬† Not ideal.

I realised there might be a use for the muslin I’d made of a vintage shift dress, butterick 3460 from the early 60s.


I hadn’t finished it as it had originally been made to wear to work – with a longer length. It just didn’t work in the fabric.¬† So I shortened then finished the neck and sleeves with strips of fabric I’d cut off.

Bit different from the pattern cover….


Hopefully the weather will heat up now and I won’t wear it again until next autumn.

I did like the pattern and have used for a work dress too.

Colette truffle dress

I’ve made a few outfits from the Colette sewing handbook – Each outfit I’ve made has worked well and I’m planning to make more from the book when I have time.

They have developed their own size structure, so you need to go with your measurements rather than usual size. I made size 6 – not my usual UK size!

The truffle dress is a lovely dress with a mock wrap front. For the black dress I added sleeves which don’t come with the pattern but I chose some I had from another pattern with similar arm holes.


In this one I played with a mixture of tulle and lining with the truffle under-lined in red.

A more casual summer dress was achieved by making it in cotton.


The pattern made up well, however needed a minor modification ob the back as it gapped at the neckline. For the cotton one I moved the zip to the side instead of the back which worked well.

Both dresses have been well admired.