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1960s Cape (Simplicity 8017 pattern review)

I actually debated whether or not to do a post on this make, as I'm really disappointed with it. There's only a couple of things wrong with it, but in my opinion they're so noticeable that they ruin the overall look. 😦 When I decided to make this pattern one of my 2019 Make Nine,… Continue reading 1960s Cape (Simplicity 8017 pattern review)

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‘Cleo’ dungaree dress (and what to do if your dungaree buttons go wrong)

You may have noticed I've been a bit obsessed with Tilly and the Buttons patterns lately... What can I say? It's just nice to make something with really straightforward instructions once in a while. Especially as for the last month or so I've been working on a Simplicity 1960s cape (which is almost done- hooray!),… Continue reading ‘Cleo’ dungaree dress (and what to do if your dungaree buttons go wrong)

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Pattern Review- ‘Coco’ by Tilly and the Buttons

The Coco pattern is for a super simple stretch dress or top. I made the dress version, and used the contrast yoke pattern hack from this blog post. Here's how it turned out: Coco is one of the fastest patterns I've ever made. It has a really clever construction; the sleeve and side seams are… Continue reading Pattern Review- ‘Coco’ by Tilly and the Buttons

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Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress

Lately I've been really getting into 1940s fashion, but most of the reproduction patterns from that era seem way too hard for a beginner like me. Enter the Doris dress; although not obviously '40s, with the right fabric and button choices I think it could have quite a vintage look. Also, it looked pretty straightforward,… Continue reading Pattern review- Sew Over It ‘Doris’ dress

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‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

Lilou is the final pattern in the book Love At First Stitch, which I've been working through for a couple of months now. The projects get harder as the book progresses so this is the most challenging one, mostly because it's lined (eek!). For the lining I used a cotton lawn, and for the outside I chose a… Continue reading ‘Lilou’ dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

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One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)

For a while I've been looking for a easy project to introduce me to the wide and scary world of commercial patterns. I thought this was a good choice; it doesn't include anything super fiddly, and isn't too fitted. In the end I actually found several ways to make it even easier. When I toiled… Continue reading One Pattern, Two Very Different Dresses! (Simplicity 8413)

Books

‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

From the back of the book: Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds.  Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile… Continue reading ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

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Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

I know I've already reviewed this pattern (read it here), but ever since then I've been dying to make a colour-blocked one in a more drapey fabric. (As you can see, I've completely copied Tilly's idea from the book!)  This is the first time I've worked with stretchy fabric (I used a ponte di roma)… Continue reading Colour blocked ‘Megan’ Dress (Tilly and the Buttons)

Books

‘Le Grand Meaulnes’ by Alain-Fournier

(From the back of the book:) "When Meaulnes first errives at the local school in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring and charisma. But when he disappears for several days, and returns with tales of a strange party at a mysterious house and a beautiful girl hidden within it, Meaulnes has been… Continue reading ‘Le Grand Meaulnes’ by Alain-Fournier

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Tilly and the Buttons ‘Clemence’ Skirt

As I'm currently working my way through Tilly Walnes's book Love at First Stitch,  for my latest project I made the Clemence skirt, a basic dirndl style that's super easy to make. In the book, Tilly includes instruction on how to make your own pattern for it (this isn't as hard as it sounds as it's… Continue reading Tilly and the Buttons ‘Clemence’ Skirt