Speedy maxi dress pattern hack

Speedy summer maxi dress

Last summer I made a no pattern maxi dress that was perfect for my holiday. I received so many comments whenever I wore it that I thought I'd have a go at another one. This time around I was looking to make something

  • with straps, 
  • that could double up for day and evening wear at home as well as on holiday
  • would take a day or less 

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Three important techniques every sewist should know

Today's post is a guest feature courtesy of the fabulous Claire from Penguin and Pear and she is bringing us essential techniques for sewers. She has brought together a fabulous Facebook community for sewing bloggers, and her own blog is always full of useful tips and reviews. Check out her blog (which includes my own guest post on essential summer dress patterns) and social media from the links below...enjoy!

Three important techniques every sewist should know

Three important techniques every sewist should know
The amount of information out there for people new to sewing is immense and it is hard to pick out the stuff you definitely need to know versus the stuff that is nice to know (or, indeed, unnecessary). That’s why today I am bringing to you three mini-tutorials on sewing techniques that will help you to become a professional dressmaker:

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Luxurious Lunch at The Estate Grill, Great Fosters

Luxurious Lunch at The Estate Grill, Great Fosters

If you are looking to go out for a special meal then this is definitely one to visit. Last week we had a celebratory lunch at Great Fosters in Surrey, and I have to say it was delicious, with wonderful customer service too. We will definitely be returning. 

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Sew Over It Betty Dress

Sew Over It Betty Dress pattern review

'Now this is my kind of style'…That’s what I thought when I saw this pattern in the online shop. I have a few fit and flare dresses lurking in the wardrobe and really wanted to make my very own. This dress has a nice nipped in waist and vintage style full circle skirt. I know that this pattern also has downloadable neckline and sleeve variations but I loved the v back so much I thought that it was best to keep this as its key feature. This was also my first attempt at a full circle so I thought it best to keep it simple for what I knew would be the first of many!
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Lasagne like the Italians make

Authentic Italian Lasagne Recipe

I see traditional beef lasagne on lots of menus and in supermarkets, and I know it's popular but here's the thing.... The lasagne you know is not the lasagne I know. I come from a large Italian community and though everybody has their own special twist there is one thing they all have in common... no white sauce on top. Maybe it's because most of our families are from the South of Italy and this makes a difference? In any case I've tried both and this is by far the best home cooked version I've ever had. It is definitely has a depth of flavour that is always a winner. So of you want learn how to make lasagne like the Italians really do then have a go at this!
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1940s Tea Dress

Sew Over It 1940s Afternoon Tea Dress pattern review

I love this pattern

This is another  vintage inspired pattern from Sew Over It. It’s a knee length dress with delicately gathered at the sleeves and bust areas. The waist is defined and, when put together with the V shaped neck and gently flared skirt, gives a feminine and flattering silhouette. It’s also fairly straightforward to put together! This is the first of many I feel.....
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