Sewing Collars : 10 Tips ‘n’ Tricks!

Following on from our Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks! post, today we bring you the second instalment of our #sewtogetherforsummer posts to help you create your best ever Shirtdress – our Top 10 tips ‘n’ tricks to sewing the perfect collar – I can’t wait to have another go at my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress so that I can incorporate…

A Little Lady Liberty Dress : New Look 6205 #MCBN

Ah New Look 6205 how I love thee. And Liberty fabric how I adore and now obsessively covet thee! Seriously, this is the third time I’ve sewn up this dress for my daughter to date. She absolutely loves it. The first time I made it up in this gorgeous pink patchwork poplin (and blogged about it here)…

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress – Ding Ding: Round One!

You’d be forgiven for thinking, as a co-host of #sewtogetherforsummer, that I’ve  sewn a dozen shirtdresses before but…no. The Challenge was very much designed around the idea of encouraging us to dig deep into our pattern stashes and surface with a project kept on a back-burner for far too long. I’m certainly no exception –…

Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks!

Since we launched the #sewtogetherforsummer  sewing challenge over on Instagram, a number of sewers have said that they’re really keen to participate but the thought of sewing buttonholes gives them the heebie-jeebies! So, with that in mind, here’s a post full of tips and tricks to get you confidently sewing those dreaded buttonholes into your…

Shirtdresses : Indie Pattern Roundup #sewtogetherforsummer

The lovely Helen from Helen’s Closet has chosen her top Indie Shirtdress sewing patterns – 23 of them in fact! If you’re looking for inspiration for #sewtogetherforsummer you can read Helen’s blog post HERE And a huge thank you to all of you who have so enthusiastically joined in to date; we’re quite blown away by your…

#sewtogetherforsummer 2017 – it’s the Summer of the Shirtdress!

Planning on sewing a Shirtdress for Summer? Good, so are we! Let’s #sewtogetherforsummer ! Simply tag your newly made Shirtdress on Instagram with the #sewtogetherforsummer hashtag for the chance of being randomly selected to receive a lovely gift from one of our 16 amazing Sponsors! The idea for #sewtogetherforsummer arose from a conversation between myself…

Alice in Wonderland Costume : McCalls M4948

I was absolutely determined not to get caught out by World Book Day this year having had the expense of having a costume express shipped at the 11th hour last year. I asked my Pixie Princess who/what she wanted to be mid-February and she didn’t hesitate before answering ‘Alice!’ A quick Google search resulted in…

‘Project Runway’ Scuba Dress – Simplicity 8213 #MCBN

Hello lovely sewing peeps! My second make for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network is now up! You can read about my adventure sewing up Simplicity 8213, the ‘Project Runway’ dress (a pattern specifically designed for scuba) here. I’d love to know what you think; it was my second time sewing with scuba but the first time ever to…

The Little Red Dress Project: the Annabelle Dress by Simple Sew

I’ll be honest, when I initially heard about #thelittlereddressproject Holiday Tag hosted by Renata of RunningNStyle, I thought that, whilst it was a great project, I probably didn’t have the time to get involved. Then the latest issue of the Love Sewing magazine dropped through my letterbox complete with a free dress pattern; the Annabelle Dress…

A perfect girl’s dress! New Look 6205

I’ve always found it hard buying dresses for my Little Miss; she’s a good height for her age but narrow/slender. If we buy the right length, invariably the bodice is too big with straps falling off her shoulders, necklines gaping, armholes bagging. Knowing we had a family gathering coming up in a couple of days,…

New Look 6301 View D pattern hack using Scuba Bodycon fabric!

I hadn’t meant to start making this dress when I did but the summer made a sudden appearance and my birthday was coming up so I figured I needed (ahem, cough) wanted, a new dress that was both summery, a bit ‘dressy uppy’ but also comfortable. I’d had this scuba fabric lurking in my stash for a wee while….

New Look 6301 Mock Wrap Dress – Pattern Review & Makes

I got my mitts on this pattern way back when and I think it’s fair to say it’s had a fair amount of love in my pattern stash since then. Initially I figured this pattern would be a good basic dress to have, having considered the actual pattern  line drawings rather than focus on the…