• 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…

  • DIY Smock Dress
    Fashion,  Sewing

    DIY Smock Dress

    If ever there’s a trend I like it’s a loosely fitting one, even better if you can make it out of warmish fabric so it’s as much like wearing a nighty as possible. (Sad but true!) Smock dresses are absolutely perfect for this – the whole idea is that they’re oversized and they fit into the 90s grunge revival thing that celebs like Cara Delevigne et al have kicked off. ASOS have lots of smock dresses at the moment in all sorts of fabrics so it’s a great place to go for inspiration. Smocking is the act of sewing loose parallel lines horizontally across the fabric and then pulling the…

  • Leather T-Shirt
    Fashion,  Sewing

    Newly Made: Leatherette T-Shirt Top

    I needed to find a use for the leftover punched leatherette fabric that I used to make the dungaree dress so, with a couple of hours spare on a Saturday morning, I whipped up a leather look t-shirt. I’d bought this Vogue V8916 sewing pattern for the skirt suit but, as it turns out, it’s great value for money as this T-Shirt pattern is a real gem! (I haven’t got round to making the suit yet.) There are only four pattern pieces and no difficult joins. The sleeves need a bit of easing but only a very minimal amount. It took me less than two hours to cut out the pattern,…

  • Fashion,  Sewing

    ‘Dresses Like Rihanna’ – Leather Look Dungaree Dress

    Rihanna is, without doubt, one of the sexiest women in the world and her dress sense is to die for but, let’s face it, not all of us can carry off Rihanna’s wardrobe no matter how much we wish we could! She arrived in London a couple of weeks ago in a leather dungaree jumpsuit, the epitome of street style. Leather’s a key fabric for AW13 but this look is a perfect example of style that needs to be toned down for the normal, every day lives of non-celebs like me! I can’t get away with a leather onesie in the office even if there is no dress code! I…

  • Fashion,  Sewing

    Spotted! Making Trousers.

    Thanks to the lovely people at Abakhan this week I’ve been working on their “creative budget’ blogger challenge. The idea of this is to demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have cool stuff! I’m into tailored trousers at the moment in a big way. They’re smart enough to wear to work but with bold printed fabric have more character than your boring boardroom pinstripe. Here I’ve teamed them with a Topshop cropped tee (I love a good literary quote) and a pair of silver ASOS slingbacks but they could just as easily worn with the hem rolled up with a pair of Air Max and a…