• McCalls-5850-Summer-Dress-Pattern-Review-FI
    Fashion,  Sewing

    McCalls 5850 Summer Dress Pattern Review (From A Bedsheet!)

    This month finances have beenĀ  tight, there have been car repairs and furniture buying, road tax and travel. All of this boring, necessary, grown up spending didn’t leave much room for me to buy fun and crafty things or to buy new clothes. Upcycling is at the heart of crafting, so when I wanted to make a new summer dress and couldn’t really justify spending any money on new fabric, I had a scout round the house for household textiles that I could use instead. After eyeing up the curtains in various rooms (and only being put off by the laboriousness of having to make new ones) I came across…

  • DIY-Doily-Dress-Card-FI-a
    Papercraft,  Tutorials

    Things to do with Doilies #3: DIY Doily Dress Card

    Whilst in my recent pink post I said that I wasn’t such a girly girl, I do (and have always) loved dresses. In particular, I love wedding dresses. My dream job, as I may have mentioned before, is to be Thelma Madine and make enormous extravagant wedding dresses for a living. As I’ve also recently learned that I love papercraft and my new doily die, this little project fits in perfectly! For the doily dress you need: A doily (cut using Xcut Vintage Notes Doily Die) Scissors PVA glue Pink paper or card For the card you also need: A blank folded card 2 mini pegs A black pen or…

  • Free Smock Dress Sewing Pattern Download
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Smock Dress Sewing Pattern – Free Download!

    I posted a while ago about the smock dress that I made a while ago from my own pattern, despite some trepidation I thought that I’d share it and add it to the blog as a free download, there still aren’t many smock dress sewing patterns out there and it’s one of the key shapes of the summer (not to mention it’s lovely and slouchy and hides a multitude of sins!). This is the first pattern I’ve ever drafted up in downloadable format so it’s pretty basic – be kind! You can download the pattern here: Smock Dress Sewing Pattern Free Download PLEASE NOTE: When you print; make sure that…

  • McCalls 6466 Tulle Skirted Prom Dress Pattern Review
    Fashion,  Sewing

    Pattern Review: McCall’s 6466 Tulle Skirted Prom Dress

    I’d set my heart on making myself a dress for my work’s Christmas party. The dress code was black tie so what better to create than an evening dress? Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but my dream job would be Thelma Madine’s (Big Fat Gypsy Wedding) but in my life, there’s not much call for gowns or even cocktail dresses so this was my chance to do something special. It took me a while to decide on a pattern – I’d fallen in love with this McCall’s pattern as soon as I saw it but it took me a while to convince myself that I could pull it…