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My first time using a vintage pattern (sort of)!

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I found a stash of vintage patterns in my attic, and this was one of them. I'd never used a vintage pattern before this one, so I struggled a bit... Firstly, the pattern is two sizes too big for me; something I didn't realise when… Continue reading My first time using a vintage pattern (sort of)!

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Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress

Lately I've been really getting into 1940s fashion, but most of the reproduction patterns from that era seem way too hard for a beginner like me. Enter the Doris dress; although not obviously '40s, with the right fabric and button choices I think it could have quite a vintage look. Also, it looked pretty straightforward,… Continue reading Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress

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‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

Lilou is the final pattern in the book Love At First Stitch, which I've been working through for a couple of months now. The projects get harder as the book progresses so this is the most challenging one, mostly because it's lined (eek!). For the lining I used a cotton lawn, and for the outside I chose a… Continue reading ‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

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One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)

For a while I've been looking for a easy project to introduce me to the wide and scary world of commercial patterns. I thought this was a good choice; it doesn't include anything super fiddly, and isn't too fitted. In the end I actually found several ways to make it even easier. When I toiled… Continue reading One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)

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Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

I know I've already reviewed this pattern (read it here), but ever since then I've been dying to make a colour-blocked one in a more drapey fabric. (As you can see, I've completely copied Tilly's idea from the book!)  This is the first time I've worked with stretchy fabric (I used a ponte di roma)… Continue reading Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

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Tilly and the Buttons ‘Clemence’ Skirt

As I'm currently working my way through Tilly Walnes's book Love at First Stitch,  for my latest project I made the Clemence skirt, a basic dirndl style that's super easy to make. In the book, Tilly includes instruction on how to make your own pattern for it (this isn't as hard as it sounds as it's… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons ‘Clemence’ Skirt