Deer and Doe Belladone dress in Scuba fabric

Deer and Doe Belladone dress in Scuba knit fabric

I am now officially sorted for New Year's Eve (well, what I'm wearing, nowhere booked yet). I have had the Belladone pattern cut out and ready to sew with since June....the only problem was I couldn't find the right fabric for it. Really, I wanted what was on the model on the Deer and Doe website, but haven't found anything close to it. Everything I did find that I thought might have enough structure for the skirt looked like I would be wearing a pair of curtains. That was until I was window shopping in a high end high street retailer, and noticed that a lot of their skater dresses were stretch fabrics....and of course I thought...'I'm not going to buy that, I can make it!'
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Named Sloane Sweatshirt in Atelier Brunette dazzle French terry

Named Sloane Sweatshirt in Atelier Brunette dazzle French terry

This is already my favourite make of this season....it's so comfortable and I've hardly taken it off since it was finished! This fabric is gorgeous and perfectly suited to the Sloane. I knew a while ago I wanted more tops that I could wear in the cold weather, but not necessarily too casual. The Sloane sweatshirt has some shaping through the use of darts, straight set sleeves, along with neck, cuff and hip bands. The pairing of this pattern and fabric has left me with a secretly comfortable top that looks fabulous. You can see how much I love it in these photos!
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the #wardrobebuilder project - Party Dresses

It's the last month of the 2017 #wardrobebuilder project, and I'm super excited about this month's theme. Party dresses are my absolute, most favouritest ever, things to make. I love finding patterns and fabrics for them as well as the making process itself. These are the makes that I like to take time on and try to achieve a polished finish. If I'm going to toile anything it will be one of these!

the #wardrobebuilder project - Party Dresses


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Threadcount Suit Jacket - finally a matching set!

Threadcount Suit Jacket sewing pattern review

Though I'm posting this for the #wardrobebuilder project, I have to admit that this was started over 18 months ago! I started it in Feb 2016, managed to mainly complete it this Easter, and finally hemmed it this month. It was intended to pair with the Megan dress that I made from Love at First Stitch as an outfit for work....and that is exactly what I have been doing with it!
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Sew Over It Alex shirt and Seamwork Astoria...again! Tried and True....

Tried and true patterns

November's #sewcialists theme is all about Tried and True (TNT) patterns. I don't make second versions of a lot of my makes, partly because I'm trying to keep up with the #wardrobebuilder project, and partly because I have too many ideas in my make list! That said, I have found that there are a few patterns that have made themselves into the repeat list - two of which are brand new makes today. Often I alter the pattern a little from the previous make to suit a new purpose, or from lessons learned after wearing. Here are my top TNTs...

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Camel coloured Burda 6736 Coat

Burda 6736 Coat review by the petite passions

After looking around at lots of patterns for coats I finally settled on the Burda 6736. It has a simple shape that I felt wouldn't be too tricky for my first coat project and would look good with skinny jeans. It really was a simple coat to construct because it also doesn't require a complicated collar......and I loved working with wool for this coat.
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Hi, I'm Laura. Welcome to my journeys with modern, feminine dressmaking; pattern reviews, tips and guides for beginners. I'm a lifelong foodie, so you'll also find some delicious recipes and places to get that foodie fix.
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