Dress blog

Vogue 8689

I’ve used this pattern a few times, in fact I’m on my second one as the other one was a little worn.  It’s a great basic shirt pattern with a few options and cup sizes.

This is my lovely sister modelling the shirt for me.
I couldn’t pattern match easily as the repeat was too big and would have taken far too much material so I just made sure that the large circles were sort of in the same place.

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Sneak Peek


Not posted anything recently due to a project I was working on not quite working out. I’ve decided to put it to one side until next Autumn and try again.  Today I started working on a shirt using some fabric I purchased at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate in November.  It’s from Til the Sun Goes Down and is a vintage design from the 30’s and 40’s.  Watch this space!


Hubert de Givenchy


RIP Hubert de Givenchy, the great French couturier who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and most famously Audrey Hepburn, in a little black dress, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” died on Saturday at his home outside Paris. He was 91.

Here is a link to The New York Times tribute to the great man.  

He designed the Bettina blouse named after his muse, the model Bettina Graziani and as statement sleaves are en vogue at the moment I thought I would try to make a version as a tribute.  Watch this space!

Bettina Blouse


Thread in the Sticks

I like to use Gütermann Thread and I’m sure the great quality of this product has kept my machines in good working order over the years.  As the last stockist near to my home in the UK moved recently I was scratching my head as to how I was going match thread to my fabric online.  I did a quick search for a colour chart and found one online at Sew Essential.  I would love one for the silk thread too but at the moment I can’t source one.

I’m planning to go through my stash and note the matching thread for each one, that way I can order them all at once and save on postage.