Pattern Reviews

My Ulimate Summer Dress and the Vaporetto version

I’ve loved Sew Over It’s ultimate shift dress for a couple of summers now and have made several sleeveless versions, always lined in the perfect nude rayon from Sew Over It

Using the lining makes for a much nicer dress which glides better over lumps and bumps and does somehow, help stop as much creasing with wear. Anyway I’ve made several versions of this dress including these summer day dresses. The perfect, or should I say Ultimate, casual dress for a warm day.

The dress itself is a really simple dress to make and ideal for a beginner.

So what do I mean by my ‘Vaporetto’ version. Well, a few weeks ago I spotted an amazing dress a lady was wearing on a Vaporetto, whilst I was on holiday in a Venice. The boat was full of the most beautiful people, all dressed up in gorgeous outfits, think they  must have been going to a wedding. I couldn’t help myself, I rather creepily had to take pictures to remind myself of this beauty. I pretended to be taking selfies!

I’ve since been obsessing about the dress wondering how I could make my own version. Well I’ve only gone and done it and in ‘my opinion’, smashed it! I love the result. The fabric is a viscose linen’ again from Sew Over It ( lined in rayon),  and I’ve used 6cm wide cotton lace from a EBay

Hope you like my version.

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Flint culottes

I purchased the Megan Nielsen Flint shorts and wide leg trousers pattern as soon as it was released, along with the fabulous Rowan pattern. How I had not heard of this indie pattern company before is unbelievable, I really must do more research in future and not just stick to my trusty favourites. Both patterns I truly love, so no doubt there will be more Megan Nielsen patterns in my future.

I made these in a blush pink crepe twill from Sew Over It. It’s a perfect choice and a dream to sew up, I’m currently eyeing up the navy twill they have, think that would make a fabulous cropped pair of Flints.

I played it safe with the length and shortened the trousers to fit just below the knee. Having said that I’ve seen some fabulous full length and cropped length Flints appearing in blogs and on Instagram, so think in my next pair I’ll be more adventurous.

The flints come with the choice of a clever tie waist or button waistband. No zips are required. I went one better ( in my opinion, for how I want to wear them ) and used 2 trouser hooks, so I didn’t need buttonholes and also the waistband is nice and has a nice clean unfussy finish. As I plan to wear them with either Sew Over It’s Ella top, Papercut Patterns Coppelia wrap top or even one of my (many) Rowan bodysuits, I think the waistband chosen is perfect, although I could have done wih a firmer interfacing.

The pattern itself was remarkably easy and quick to make up, there is a sewalong but in all honesty the instructions are excellent, so I didn’t need to refer to the extra guidance in the sewalong.

Size wise, I went with the instructions and they’re accurate . Other than the length, I made no alterations. I think with this style, as long as you get the waist right, you can’t go far wrong with fit.


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Something to keep the other half happy, to prove it’s not all about me!

My husband has searched for many years for waistcoats but being 199 cm tall has never found one long enough in the body.

Some months ago, as we had an invitation to a wedding,  I used the opportunity to actually make one for him. I was impressed that he was quite keen on the idea and trusted me to make him something to wear.

At Christmas I made a practice waistcoat in an Avoca plaid fabric from Fabworks with a mustard crepe from Sew Over It. I chose the Mr London waistcoat pattern  from SewLaDiDa Vintage, a 1930’s inspired design. The only alterations I made to the pattern were to add 2 inches to the body length. It turned out to be an excellent fit.

The eagle eyed may notice the silly mistake, I sewed the buttonholes on the wrong side. Lesson learnt, it was only ever meant to be a practice toile, it was still wearable and smart.

We had a trip to Goldhawk Road to find suitable fabrics for the wedding outfit version. We chose a lovely blue wool suiting and grey blue silk, along with a sapphire blue lining fabric.  The result, a waistcoat the other half was proud to wear. He looked fabulous and I have had several requests for more waistcoats, that should keep me busy!


Rowan is my new Agnes

The Rowan pattern from Megan Nielsen was released a few weeks ago and after seeing it on The Foldline, I knew it had to be added to the sewing list.

Firstly, I have to say Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top has always been my go to pattern for jersey tops but this pattern comes with endless options, either as a bodysuit or t shirt with numerous necklines and sleeve lengths.  I should imagine the pattern could also be hacked, in the same way Agnes can, into a dress. So as a pattern, it’s great value.

I know you can get basic t shirts relatively cheap in ready to wear but frankly, where’s the fun in that!

Having already lived through bodysuit fashion of the nineties, I was a little apprehensive but thankfully  this pattern does not come with the horrendous high rise of that era.

I have already made 3 bodysuits;  one turtleneck long sleeve version and 2 short sleeve v neck versions. This was my first attempt at a v neck and the result is not too shabby, all credit to the excellent instructions.IMG_0447


Two fabrics came from Sew Over It and the third from Myfabrics. I felt that pink blush version is a little lightweight for this pattern and so I think I’ll stick to more medium weight jerseys for future makes, of which I know they’ll be many.

The bodysuit is great to wear with high waisted skirts and trousers. It’s a quick and easy make, that takes very little fabric, I think I managed to make these at just over a metre of fabric. Size wise, the pattern is true to my measurements and I found the v neck to be the perfect depth. The turtle neck is a good neat height but definitely needs a more robust knit than this lightweight jersey.IMG_0454




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Sew Over It Chloe Coat Review – SewNeedy


I won’t go into great detail about this online coat sewing course because it has been reviewed in depth on Daphne.

I needed a coat for a Spring wedding in April. I wanted it to go with this lovely Francoise Dress, a Tilly and the Buttons patternIMG_0396

I decided I’d have the outfit as a matching two piece using this Viscose Linen mix, also from Sew Over It

I consider myself an enthusiastic beginner when it comes to sewing and I found the online course to be fairly straightforward, except for when I deviated from the pattern, more on that in a mo.

The coat needed to be the same length as the dress and as such I only did a 3 cm hem instead of the 5 cm, as instructed in the course. I cut the lining after making up the main fabric, so noted that I would need to lengthen it by 2 cm. I think the need for a 5cm hem is obviously for a reason because after making up the coat I had a rippled hem. Luckily the instagram sewing community, came to the rescue and after undoing the hem and sewing in horse braid it is now a nice crisp hem.

The only alteration I made was to curve the back seam in by a few centimetres. The change is subtle but I feel the coat now follows the contour of the back, rather than falling straight  down  (The middle picture is my basted, before alteration- apologies for poor lighting). Oh and I also did the adjustment for a full bust.

The pattern instructions state that you don’t need to add any fasteners. which is what I have done. I have found that because the coat isn’t truly edge to edge, the neckline does seem to flap about a bit. I will therefore be adding snap fasteners.