Bailen Dress

bailen dress

Yesterday I made a super quick and easy little dress, from the liberty tana lawn I had left over from my PJ’s.  The dress is called Bailen dress by Pauline Alice, free too!  It’s bias cut with bias binding for straps and to make things easier I use bought bias binding.

bailen dress back

Here’s the back view,  very simple.

bailen dress close up

Attached the bias in one go using a fab new machine at work, Janome DC7100.  Sews beautifully.  For the hem, I used a narrow hem foot – so quick and easy to use.  It gives a perfect narrow hem with very little effort.

bailen dress narrow hem

If you have a narrow hem foot, do try it!  My next project is under way and its the Big Easy top by the Maker’s Atelier.  Can’t wait to finish, perfect for this weather!

New Look 6304

new look 6304 shirt

Last term I started a class for advanced dressmaking and only managed to complete half due to work commitments.  So I never got beyond the toile stage of making the NewLook 6304 chosen by our tutor.  So with a few pattern stacked like a Heathrow landing schedule decided to finish this first.

New Look 6304 a

I used a beautiful shirting fabric from Fabrics Galore and a light weight iron on interfacing.  It was a straight forward make, although I didn’t like it half as much as the McCalls 6436.  Just a few finishing details that were better on the McCalls pattern, although over all a great project and very useful wardrobe basic.

new look 6304 back

The back has darts, shaped side seams and bust darts to give shaping.

new look 6304

The pattern gives a few options , I chose view A.  Over all pleased with the result and just need to get some buttons to completely finish.  Thought I’d also try the Maker’s Atelier Box Shirt pattern, great easy shape to wear and could be dressed up or down.  Have the new Big Easy Top lined up for tomorrow.  If you haven’t tried any of the Maker’s Atelier patterns do, wonderful wearable shapes, well written, work and if you don’t have a fabric stash to raid there are wonderful complete kits available.

Patchwork London tote bag

patchwork london tote bag c

Last week I had some fun with a Nocturne charm pack from Tiki Patchwork and Tikki’s Patchwork London tote bag pattern.  I made half square triangles instead of the smaller squares as the original shows and heavily quilted the panels with Aurfil 40wt.

patchwork london tote bag d

Added some feet, so quick and simple to do – as they are a little like paper clip fastenings.

patchwork london tote bag a

The final task was to sew on the handles, again from Tikki.   Thought I may even try sewing these on with the machine next time.  Has anyone tips on how to sew bag handles on or tried sewing them on with a machine?

patchwork london tote bag b

Really delighted with the bag, I’m sure its going to have lots of use!

catching up

days sewing

Finally got some time to sew at home and managed to get quite a lot done.  Finished my Liberty Rosalind pj’s, do love this pattern by Sew Me Something.

rosalind pj's a

The tana lawn is so beautiful to sew and wear and with any left over pieces I have made hot water bottle covers.  Have enough roses lawn to make the Pauline Alice Bailen dress, a simple bias dress that would be perfect as a nightdress.


Had fun quilting this, quilting lines about 1/4 inch apart – the 6600P evenfeed foot has various places to use as a guide.


Have a little stash of hot water bottle covers!  Now I have cleared my sewing desk can start on my bee blocks as I have a couple to catch up on.  Also finished my Patchwork London Tote bag, great pattern from Tikki Patchwork – just need to photograph it now I have attached the great bag handles.

London Lumiere


London Lumiere is on at the moment and has transformed the West End, Oxford Circus is now bathed in magical light



and it reminds me of the ever changing rings in the la passacaglia cogs


in progress and almost sewn with some leopard print to go next, really enjoying this project and sewing with others.  The monthly LaP Tuesday was great, chatting, advice over what to choose next, pots of delicious tea and laughter – what could be better!

DSC_0614All the fabrics are from Tikki Patchwork in Kew.

La Passacaglia | begining

At home we have gone down with horrible colds, sore throats and laid a little low.  So plans for a new project (liberyt tana lawn PJ’s) have only got to the cutting out stage.millefiori_quilts_book

Last week I finally managed to find the fabrics to start my la passacaglia quilt, had one false start with tana lawn and after hitting pintrest decided to go with my heart.  After a trip over to Tikki Patchwork, came home with a lovely bundle of mostly cotton & Steel fabrics.  Made templates in template plastic for all the fussy cutting, as my practising was with card and couldn’t see properly.  Found the book and the pre cut paper templates at Sew & Quilt, great super fast delivery.

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Tula’s LaP

Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine have an interesting article about the LaP and also how to pronounce it!  Do let me know if you have started or finished a La Passacaglia quilt!

New Look 6411


New Look 6411 has been a lovely project, simple easy make to ease my sewing into 2016.  My version is view B with no feature zips and longer hem line.  Found a grey crepe at Fabrics Galore (non sale) when I went in to rummage the sale bargains last week – did however come home with 5m of sale Liberty tana lawn for another project.  The sleeves are in 2 parts and has a raglan sleeve, so if you are a beginner the sleeves are super easy as not set in.


overlocked the seams and raw edges as usual and also used my machines blind hemming, so mush easier and quicker.  If you don’t use your machine’s blind hemming and want a tutorial, do let me know as its so useful.  The dress just needs a last steam press with a cloth and its ready to wear!  Can see it being much worn useful wardrobe staple this year, have thought I’d use it for the wool jersey I brought back from Copenhagen.  Still undecided on that though, if you have any suggestions for a proper knit wool jersey do let me know.