I'm not normally the kind of girl who posts photos of her underwear online (!) but I have to show you my new favourite knicker pattern, the Acacia from Megan Nielsen. They are the underwear pattern I've been hunting for as you can tell that they are designed by a woman, Megan has thought of everything you look for in the perfect pair of everyday pants. They have a great bottom coverage (I am definitely not a fan of wedgies!), are low rise (but not so low they fall down), comfortable, have a good shaped gusset (no irritating seams in the wrong places) and have an excellent construction that means they are washable again and again. The best thing of all though is that the pattern is FREE!
This was actually my Christmas Day dress and it is a Seamwork Ida, which is billed as a "classic little knit dress" and it certainly has a classic shape. The pattern has a boat neck, capped sleeves and a side split on one side. It is a simple construction with only four pattern pieces and with it being made in a stable jersey there's no need to worry about darts.
I had made a very successful Coco dress from a checked scuba about 4 years ago (see the above very old photo!) which I wear all the time in winter and I adore. I had been thinking I should make more in the future, but had never quite got around to it until now.
This is a Seamwork Piedra, which is a loose fitting tent dress and is basically the most comfortable dress ever and the perfect dress when you feel like you've had a bit too much festive excess...
It's been a real labour of love, but as you can imagine I am absolutely thrilled with it and it's worth all that time! The pattern is the Sew Over It 1960's Coat, which is a class run at their London shops and is one of their most advanced courses. I had been wanting to do the class for a while, but they don't run it very often.
My first autumnal make of 2017 is another Colette Mabel Skirt. I've made a summery stripey one before, that I've found so comfy and easy to wear that I had to make another one for the fast approaching colder weather.
I could not have chosen the Tilly and the Buttons Etta Dress better. As regular blog readers will know I love Tilly's patterns and this dress was no exception to the rule. The style and era is so me - I just adore the collar, the V-neck back and capped sleeves. What I also loved was the fact that it was a bit more complex than some of the other patterns Tilly produces. It meant I could really take my time getting lost in binding the sleeve openings, mitered corners and a neat collar.
At the beginning of the summer I made a list of patterns I wanted to make and a white Susie Blouse was one of the first things on it. It's a great basic blouse that goes with everything and I needed something simple that would go with my other separates. I also can't resist a gorgeous collar!
From the moment that I got the Sew Over It PDF members email with the Penny Dress I knew that I had to make one. I'm a big shirt dress fan and wear my Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress all the time in the winter. I love the vintage style of the Penny Dress and also the relaxed comfort of the cap sleeves and elastic waist.
I had the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress pattern lurking in my "to sew" pile and I'm a big fan of Sew Over It patterns so I naturally decided to go with that option rather than hunt around. The pattern is very simple and quick, with very few steps. If you've sewn with knits before there is nothing tricky here. I would normally sew most knit garments almost entirely on my overlocker, but there are few steps in this pattern that call for the precision of a normal sewing machine (in particular pressing open one side seam and sewing around the hole for the ties).