Category Archives: Sewing Patterns

UFO Landing

The lost abandoned unfinished object is now a dress. The pattern was drafted from the first Pattern Magic book, page 30. Drafting mainly consists of slashing and spreading bits of the basic block, sticking different parts together, adding in chunks … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces

Burda Jacket. The idea of doing a step by step account of this pattern was abandoned when I took the cut pieces with me to London. Sewing there was like taking a step back in time – basic machine balanced … Continue reading

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Magazine Patterns – Tracing the darn things

The list of pattern types I’ve used in order of preference, Self drafted, Marfy, Envelope Patterns (Vogue et al), Pattern Magazines, PDFs. Not everyone has the same preferences. I like to make my own patterns because though it takes time, … Continue reading

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If Something’s Worth Doing

We like to think that posts should be instructive, leading beginners to the summit of couture standards. Jolly admirable, but do you always have the time? Let’s put in a plea for good enough, before ducking behind the parapet. I … Continue reading

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Stitch Up Week

I stitched up two pairs of trousers adapted from Vogue 2981, same size, same black cotton drill. Here’s mine. A bit snug over my thermals, but Spring is only here in name as yet. I’m wearing it with the green … Continue reading

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One Two Three

It was a bits and pieces week, parts of three projects worked. First jeans, in black stretch denim, aiming for embroidery down the side. This might be in black too, or maybe black and green. Decisions, decisions. ¬†I got as … Continue reading

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Watching Paint Dry

Have you a few patterns re-used so many times it’s almost embarassing? ¬†Daughter let drop that she could do with about five more pairs of trousers from Vogue 2981. In the spirit of stash-busting, the first three used:- a navy … Continue reading

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