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Saturday, 12 November 2016


Vintage sewing, the late 1960's

This is another iconic style of the 1960s, it was the first time in history that teenagers had their own style and the shift dress was certainly one of them. Made in heavy fabric so that it hung straight on the body it was short , bright and fun to wear.

Perhaps one of the most daunting challenges is when you choose a pattern only to find that it has an all in one facing which encloses the neck and armhole edges both at the same time. I am using New look patterns. Both available from 

There are many methods but this one is in my opinion the neatest and the easiest. So, choose a pattern for either a shell top or a sleeveless dress which includes an all in one facing.

Monday, 7 November 2016

How I made my BY HAND Anna Dress. A Minerva Blogger Network Post


I had such a great time choosing the fabrics for this post. I wanted to try a brand of pattern which I had never used before and this By Hand pattern, named Anna, really appealed  to me.  I am enjoying making and wearing garments made from the new pattern houses which are emerging. This one in particular fits well with little adjustment, the instructions are very easy to follow and the overall effect is extremely flattering. If you have not tried one of the new pattern houses yet then I do urge you to take the plunge. You wont be disappointed! The link to the pattern is below. Please note that this particular pattern is now only available to download,  the paper version is sadly no longer available. This design can quite easily be copied on any simple dress pattern though, so don't be put off

I am lucky in that I do get to wear a lot of evening dresses both long and short, so it was an easy decision for me to want to make the long version of the dress. I decided against the slit in the skirt seam as it can be very draughty in hotels!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

How to make Ponte Roma stretch trousers and a Jersey Knit top.

Thus is a MCBN post.


This is one of the nicest and most comfortable and flattering outfits I have ever made.
I love the stretch trousers and the beautiful colours in the soft stretch jersey top. I am totally in love with this outfit and hope that you will be too. 

 If you want to read the tutorial - PLEASE read the tutorial and find out more about the fabrics then please go to my blog post on Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
Ponte Roma is a fabulous fabric and it can be used for dresses,  skirts as well as the trousers made here. It comes in a huge range of colours too. I like it so much that I have just purchased another 2 metres to make the jacket which is also included in the pattern.

And yes, it is easy to make so you can do it!

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Happy stretch sewing


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