Ruffles for a skater girl

My daughter seems to have grown out of her old tees and although the weather has been cool she desperately needed some new ones. I decided to try something different and chose the Ottobre Design 3/2012 pattern number 17. Seesaw. This is basically a raglan t-shirt with some…


White cliffs and a white dress

Hello again!This McCalls’s pattern #6696 has been said to be one of the best patterns there is for a nice shirtdress. I was planning to make it for the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge but life and summer plans got in my way and I finished it a couple of days…

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Penny for your thoughts

Sew over it published a new pattern about a week ago. It’s called Penny dress and it is another shirtdress and a gorgeous nod to the 1950s. What I really love is that this dress pattern turns into a blouse pattern with few simple modifications. What is even better…


Dress for special occasions

I have rarely occasions to dress up but last weekend I had a chance to attend to a party and I, of course, took the opportunity to sew up a new dress for it. I have been eyeing for this gorgeous cotton jacquard for ages but just didn’t have…


Vintage shirt dress by Sew Over It

Hi all!May I present the newest addition to my ever expanding dress collection: The vintage shirtdress by Sew Over It. The pattern for this dress is one of the two patterns I got a few days ago:I started working on this dress almost immediately since I happened to…


Vanessa Pouzet Wanted t-shirt and some stash busting skirts

Hello again! I have been optimistic about the weather turning sunny and spent some rainy days trying out a t-shirt pattern by Vanessa Pouzet that I have been eyeing for a while. Wanted is a form fitting t-shirt with a square neckline. The pattern is unfortunately only in…


Vintage pattern – modern style

I wanted a wrap blouse to wear with my 1950s A-line skirts. I stumbled across this vintage Advance 7701 pattern on Etsy and bought it.The pattern was interesting: the kimono sleeved pattern has basically just a single pattern piece (well one for left side and another for the…

Patternreview, Sewing

Back to the 50s with Bette dress

I found this wonderful free 1950s style Bette dress pattern when surfing for some vintage style patterns online. It is on British Sew magazine webpage and you’ll only need to log in to download the pattern. I spend some time on the Sew magazine pages and there are also…


Taking Lizzie to the seaside

The pattern of this fabric caught my attention immediately when I saw it online at Abakhan Fabrics Eesti. Since it was on sale I ordered the whole rest of the fabric which was just 130 cm. I was slightly disappointed to notice that the fabric had a small (ink?) stain…


Minimalistic shirtdress for the summer

Here is a bit older make from last summer that I didn’t get to posting at that time. I bought this lovely stretch cotton poplin last spring when visiting Edinburgh. At first I did not know what to do with it, since it is a bit crispier than the…


Marina romper for the summer

This lovely romper pattern by Cali Faye has been on my wishlist for a long time. For some reason I’d never found a perfect fabric. Then I bought this wonderful viscose remnant at the local fabric shop and  I loved the colour and the pattern (of the fabric). I…


Rainy day with Cami-dress

Pauline Alice has a wonderful retro-inspired patterns but the only one I have attempted is the Cami dress. It has the full skirt in the style of 1950s and a high waist. There are two sleeve variations, a short sleeved version and a 3/4 sleeve with a turned…


Nostalgic polkadots

It seems that I have found another favourite pattern to use over and over again. I made this dress last summer and loved it, even if the fit wasn’t perfect. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this gorgeous lilac coloured polkadot viscose fabric when visiting Eurokangas in the…


Oh Boyz aka t-shirt of faces

When I saw this fabric at Eurokangas I did not think twice: K was going to get a new t-shirt.  With the funny print there was no need to get a fancy pattern, so I took an old an trusted pattern: Let It Be from Ottobre Design 6/2010…


Fabrics under a microscope – literally

I’m a bit of a science nerd and sometimes I need some time to play. As sewists we think about different properties of the fabrics. The thickness, the stretchiness and the drape are all important qualities but what actually causes these properties? What is the actual difference between Liberty…

Patternreview, Sewing

Navy blue shirtdress with triangles

I found this lovely viscose print fabric from factory remains section of the local fabric Shop Eurokangas and didn’t even have to think whether to buy it. I absolutely love the orange and white triangles on the navy background. The fabric piece was big so there was no doubt…


A Mother’s day dress

Here in Finland we celebrate Mother’s day on next Sunday. I wanted to make something as a surprise gift for my Mom and decided on a nice summer dress with a bold print. I sent cryptic pictures of different fabrics to get her opinion and together we decided on…