French Gypsy dress

gypsy dress 1

Just a good steam press and the final hook & eye at the top of the zip to do.  So love this French Gypsy dress by Sew La Di Da, made for the monster from a light weight denim we found at Fabrics Galore.   I did make a calico toile first and with the alterations made on that, unpicked and used that as my pattern.

gypsy dress

I discovered just before I needed to insert the zip, that my machine does not have a concealed zip available – AHHH!


Managed to get the zip in, but think lapped zips may become my default method.  There was one minor change to the pattern, I used bias on the bottom of the sleeve.

gypsy dress sleeve detail

The denim was a little tricker to use as bias, overall am super happy with the result and the monster adores it!  So great all round.

gypsy dress bust alteration

The pattern works brilliantly, true sizing and the pattern instructions are easy to read, have photographs to help make things very clear.  If you haven’t tried a Sew La Di Da pattern do, they are a lovely British brand!  Have a wonderful Bank holiday weekend!


cotton reels

A few weeks ago I started a new job and gone back to work full-time, so sewing is taking more of a back seat.  I have one project in the making and hope to get this finished v soon and can show & tell.  I’ve updated the London Quilt & fabric shops to include haberdashery and also update on shops.  If I’ve missed out a favorite of yours do let me know and I’ll add it on.


epp – shimmer 2

hexy diamonds

With the fabrics left over form the Shimmering Single Girl quilt, I’ve started to make up 1 inch hexagons to form diamonds.  The idea is to make quilted cushion covers for my bed, although I have started to think I may even have a try at a lampshade or upholstering a small chair with the final hexy fabric.

eep close up back

I love the quicker basting of whip stitching the hexagons, found that if I use much larger templates this method doesn’t work so well.   Also tried glue basting and although super quick, do somehow prefer this way. You can also see my templates are hole punched as it makes popping out the templates so much quicker – what ever method you use the punched hole is brilliant.

epp blues

Also working in the pale silver grey fat quarter I bought, as it seemed a waste not to and its building up really well.  Shimmer 2 has really become a firm favorite line and can not wait to see what Jennifer Sampou comes up with in her next collection!

raw edge coat

raw edge boiled wool coat

At the weekend I made a new spring coat, its the Maker’s Atelier unlined raw edge coat pattern.  Found the 100% boiled wool at Dragonfly Fabrics, its not the cheapest but is 100% wool and a joy to sew and wear.  I made 1 alteration, its 30cm longer than the original and also changed the taper of the side seams to adjust for the length.

vintage handmade belt

The belt is vintage and was made by my great aunt, its hand painted wooden buckle and appliquéd with wool felt.  Amazingly it has seen lots of use and still going strong!

vintage applique belt close-up

and at the side

vintage handmade applique belt

Thinking of making a new version for the coat, maybe embroidered?  So love this pattern, would recommend to anyone and perfect for a beginner.

The Modern Kimono

the modern kimono 2

The Modern Kimono by the Maker’s Atelier is finished, it is such a brilliant pattern and the kit makes it super easy.  The fabric is a wonderful crepe, drapes beautifully and I’m sure my Ma will love it.

the modern kimono 3

I found some brilliant fine entomology pins at MacCulloch & Wallis, made smooth work of the crepe.

the modern kimono 1

You can see from the back how beautiful it drapes.  I only made 1 change and that was to add 2 ribbon ties to the kimono, as my Mother asked for an extra tie – I found the ribbon at The Cloth House on Berwick Street.

the modern kimono close up

If you havent tried a pattern from the Maker’s Atelier do, the kits are beautiful and the patterns work like a dream.