I love scouring high street and high-end fashion for styling and sewing inspiration, and Warehouse has been offering up some absolute beauties over recent months. I came across this gorgeous stripy summery dress and knew it was one I had to recreate.
Sometimes you find a pattern and it just works and you can make it again and again and it’s wonderful. Nina Lee’s Kew dress and skirt is up there as one of my most made patterns (although the Kielo is a worthy contender for top place), and it turns out it’s the perfect ‘base pattern’ to work from and hack. I’ve shared photos on my Instagram account of my gathered skirt hack and had a few messages asking how I did it, so here’s a step-by-step to create your own!
As someone with two small people in my life I realised I had made an embarrassingly low number of small garments. Until now! I’ve started making things for all the little ones in my life, and it feels great. I’m going to try to cut out the normal waffle and give a quick overview of the items I’ve made…
With a size range from age 3 to 12 years and six design variations, this is a pattern you’ll use again and again. I made an age 3 and it fits my (rather large) 18 month old, so I’d advise to err on the side of caution and size up rather than down. The neckband also seems to come up quite small, it’s a proper squeeze to get Max’s head out of it so for future versions I’ll go larger there!
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Great Big Pattern Swap, Emma (@thezipperfoot) and I are very excited to be running it again this year! We have some amazing prizes lined up and a new hashtag, so read on for all the details of how to join in…
How does it work?
Have a rummage through your pattern collection, and if there are any that you know you won’t use (that are uncut and in good condition), take a photo and share it on Instagram with a bit of a description and tag it #patternswap19 Continue reading “The Great Big Pattern Swap – it’s back!”
The Vogue V9075 has been doing the rounds for a while now and for good reason. It’s a ‘Very Easy’ pattern, the trickiest parts being the princess seams and the invisible zip. If you want to master princess seams, this is the garment for you. The front and back have these lovely flattering seams, then you get to do it all over again for the lining, so by the time you’re finished you’ll have done no fewer than 8. Bosh.