Lynn Mizono dress, Vogue 1410

imageThis is a deceptively easy dress to make, just two pattern pieces. Simples. I wanted it to fall just below my knee so I made it a lot shorter, I think I took almost six inches off the total length.image

To give you some idea I’m 5′ 4″ tall, the pattern is way too long and I didn’t want to hitch it up as I felt that that would add too much bulk and I have quite enough of that, thank you.

i’ve had this fabric for around three years it’s a robust jersey with some Lycra content and just about perfect for this style. I’ve wore the dress a lot in the colder weather and it looks great with boots.

I used an eyelet machine stitch for the cord to pass through  and that looks so much neater than a buttonhole. I used gunmetal toned cord stops.

Elastic cord and metallic cord stop.

Elastic cord and metallic cord stop.

I’m trying to use up  my accumulated fabrics, I usually buy fabric for a specific purpose but often find that my original intention doesn’t materialise because something or other changes my mind. The longer it sits on the shelf the less likely I am to use it, it is now my mission to shop the shelf first, it feels so good to use the stuff I already have.

I do like this pattern and I had to make it again this time I used a dark pink linen that came from deepest Lancashire and was a long ago Mother’s Day gift, it was pale pink when I got it, a shade that I don’t suit so I dyed it, here it is modelled by the lovely Dolly, I really like how it turned out.



StyleArc Gail and Antionette

Hello there! Urged on with gentle encouragement from Kate I decided to get my act together and show what I’ve been up to, which happens to be quite a lot of late, all will be blogged soon.

As promised, here are the StyleArc Gail top and Antoinette trousers.image

The top is made from a £2 remnant that I bought from the rag market in Birmingham, I played around with the stripes for effect and am pleased with the placing. The top looks exactly how it should and was all done on the serger as quick as you like, I made no changes, knit is very forgiving with fit.

However, I didn’t wear it again after I saw these photos, the combination of stripes and cling do me no favours. One really needs a well defined waist for this style. The fabric is quite thin and is inclined to cling in a most unflattering way.

Back zip

Back zip

The trousers shouldn’t work either with my shape, but I have a similar pair of  Mary Portas trousers that I’ve worn to death that I wanted to replicate and this imagepattern is a close match.

They’re roomy round the hip and are tapered at the ankle, virtually no fitting needed, I made no alterations to this pattern either. The fabric is a black French crepe from Abakhan in Mostyn, and was a devil to photograph.

It’s taken me an age to format this post, I’ve forgotten what little I knew about WordPress, *sigh*.

StyleArc Patti

I’ve made a few StyleArc patterns now, they’re well drafted and the pieces fit together like a jigsaw, so when I wanted a simple sleeveless work dress to wear with a cardigan I chose StyleArc Patti. Its slimmer fitting than I normally choose, but for work it’s a perfect basic that I’ll wear a lot.


Do my arms look big in this?

I find that the fit of StyleArc patterns is spot on. With other pattern companies I often have problems with the neck and shoulders. Here they fit perfectly and I’m very happy with the way it looks. I think I’ll be using this pattern as a benchmark for fit. The only change I made was to add to the length by 2″, by any standards that’s unusual.


Not a bad zip insertion.

The fabric is a ponte jersey bought last year at the Minerva meet up, it has a little stretch. it’s such an easy fabric to sew with, there was no need to finish any of the seams, I just pressed them open.


Ah, that’s better.

You’ll notice that the dress is quite form fitting, I see I have a little muffin top going on *sigh* but I don’t intend to wear it without a cardi, it looks neat enough when I’m dressed.

A round neckline is not a good choice for me as it emphasises my bust, and not in a good way, but a v front cardigan adds shaping and pulls the look together. I’ve worn it a few times with different cardigans and you don’t really notice the dress it’s like a chameleon.

I’m on a roll with StyleArc at the moment with more planned, but Lord love old Ireland it’s taken hours for me to format this post, I’m such a numpty, but WordPress is frustrating, still I got there in the end.

Next up Gail top and Antionette pants, but first I need to organise a photo shoot *cough cough*.

Don’t hold your breath.

Belated blog hop

Shams has published her blog hop response and it reminded me that shockingly I missed my deadline too, how rude! Let me remedy that right away.

The lovely Kate from Fabricated nominated me, Kate always writes interesting posts and is currently working on her SWAP. I’m liking reading how she is sifting through ideas and permutations, I’ve been on a similar quest and her posts have resonated with me. I like how she is making considered decisions. Just recently I was swept with enthusiasm for a dress that realistically has no place with my lifestyle, I was able to be more objective and stay focused on what works for me and not strike out for something lovely but inappropriate. I am very impulsive and do tend to want the Next Shiny Thing, but my sewing needs to be about making what works for me now.

Ok, back to the blog hop. To refresh, four questions:

Why do you write? 

I started a blog for two reasons, one, I wanted to be able to make comments on other blogs without being ‘anonymous’, and two, to show a good representation of a pattern made up.

I think that the most useful resource for sewers is Pattern Review where I can view others’ versions of a pattern I like. So, in a way this little blog is my take on a popular pattern, I aim to give as much info re fabric and any modifications I may have done and show you a picture of how it looks on my average M&S sized body, it may be of use.

How is your blog different?

It isn’t different, I don’t have a USP or a cute dog – well I do have a dog but he’s not so cute and he’s camera shy, literally, he hides when he sees a camera. Can dogs even get embarrassed? I think so, anyway, he won’t be appearing on here.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m buzzing with excitement over StyleArc and the possibilities they offer me because the fit of their patterns is pretty spot on. I’ve made a few things that I’ll be posting, I’m currently assembling the Antionette Continue Reading

Eva dress

Hey up, it’s been a while.

I want to show you my latest make, the Eva dress, downloaded from the Tessuti website.

The fabric is a lovely pink spotted brown linen bought from Romania via Etsy.image

I came across this pattern months ago but hesitated to buy because I’d had a disappointing  result with their Lily dress. Totally illogical because those issues were avoidable as that fabric was flawed – honestly I don’t know how I didn’t notice that there was a fade line where it had been folded, a line that dissected me in half, and not in a good way, right through centre front and back. Even if I could’ve overlooked that I didn’t like how the finished dress looked on me, shelf bosom anyone? I do like the dress on others though, and that was why I hesitated with the Eva, there are some great versions out there, but I was unsure how it would look on me.

I had a little think about my preferences and what changes I would have to make to the pattern, because, let’s face it, if it doesn’t look right, I won’t wear it. Vanity, thy name is Annie, so, after the old cogs had whirred, this is what I did:image

1) Using the pattern pieces as a starting point, I made a muslin for a bodice with darts, thus mostly eliminating shelf boob. What can I say, they’re bosomy and as there are no darts In this pattern, I put some in and that helped, there’s still enough ease for it to go over my head.

image2) Raised the neckline.

3) The best length for me is just below my knee, so I shortened every piece below the bodice at the lower edge by equal amounts in order to keep the proportions right.

Great in- seam pocket instructions btw, and the pattern goes together really sweet, like a jigsaw, not that I’ve ever done a jigsaw, but still, you get my drift. I used brown bias binding tape for the neck, sleeve and hem edges, I really like this finish.

This  picture was taken after wearing a whole day, it’s creased, as am I, but linen creases aren’t anything to worry about, I think they add to the charm.

We’re well matched, Eva and I and It’s all good.

Bring me sunshine..

Isn’t this sweet? I found this tutorial for a baby’s first toy made from scraps of  ribbon. I used flannelette for the main part and wool stuffing that I had left over from a previous project so it was a quick and easy sew. image

Not only cheerful, cheap too. Now that’s what I call music.

The autumn leaves…


McCalls 5296


My second post using the IPad and what a palaver it’s been even though I’m now using an app it’s took an age to get this post up.

Anyways, on to the pattern.

imageHere we have an out of print McCalls 5296 bought from Ebay. Others who have made this said that it comes out really large and bearing that in mind I went down two sizes, there are a lot of gathers at the yoke on the image, not as many on mine I prefer the slimmed down version and the fit is fine.

The fabric is a soft linen in a muted blue and orange check from Fabrix in  Lancaster. The hem is pegged, giving a sort of a tulip shape. It’s more of a short dress length than tunic, falling just below my knee. There wasn’t enough fabric to get the length I wanted but I got around that by adding a hem band cut from the cross grain. The pockets are really neat and unfussy, I like this a lot and will definitely make it again.