Pushing myself

20170927_141150So, some time ago now a friend of mine gave me some material left over from one of her projects, it was such lovely material that I was frightened to cut into it so it sat for a very long time in my stash.  Does anyone else do that? buy or acquire material and then pack it away because you are too frightened to actually do anything with in case you ruin it!

Well my plan was to use the material to make my daughter a dress and if I didn’t hurry up and get on with it, she would have grown too much and I wouldn’t have enough material! so I set to work.

With no pattern to work from I decided to base it on a dress that she already had (picture below).  I drew round the existing dress on to tracing paper and added a 1.5cm seem allowance all the way round to each panel.  The back of the dress was elastic so I also dabbled with shearing elastic too, you can read about this here in a separate blog.20170927_141245

I assembled it all and added a lining and although the ‘guts’ of the dress is not going to win any prizes for neatness I am pleased with how the dress has turned out and I think my daughter is too!

I hope reading this inspires to you rummage through your stash and get creative!

Thanks for stopping by

Jane x

The T-Shirt

So for my birthday this year I received a book called The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking and in it are lots of projects to get the beginner sewist off to a good start. Knowing very few sewing terms I am hoping as I work through this book things are all going to become clear and I’ll be fluent in the language of sewing!

20170611_200318This post is about the first pattern in the book, the T-shirt.  The recommended fabrics to use were anything knitted, with or without elastane, so I chose a medium weight stripy jersey, at a bargain £2 a metre from a local high street shop.  The book has step by step instructions with handy pictures to accompany them.  I found it pretty easy to follow and it all came together fairly quickly.

Summing  up 

Make again – Yes, definitely.  Now that we have some warmer weather here I thought I would try a few more of these before moving on to the next make in the book.

Fit – I am really pleased with the fit, I cut a size 3 and didn’t have to make any alterations.

Pattern – easy to follow with only 4 pattern pieces.  The only tricky bit was using the twin needle and playing around with the tension on the machine.

Skills learned – Well I have learnt how to match up stripes – check these out below! I’m quite proud of this first attempt.


After a bit of unpicking and re-sewing the hem my t-shirt came together nicely and I am loving wearing another ‘me made’ Continue reading “The T-Shirt”