New pattern – Simplicity 1699

Trying a new pattern was way over due! During the half price Simplicity sale a month or so ago I picked some half price patterns. I decided to have a go at Simplicity 1699.


To start with I traced the bodice pieces for the dress on to craft paper (my favourite kiddie play paper roll from Wilko). I chose size 14 Bust and 16 round the waist. I like to make a toile/muslin from the bodice pieces first for fitting. I do not bother to cut out the facings just the main parts. Once sewn together I check the fitting. I found that the front bodice piece cut on the fold needed to be reduced on the fold by 1/4″ as my apex was too wide. That did the trick! Then most bust seams had to be bought in by 1/4″ too but not the waist that was the right size. So a 12 would’ve been ok to cut originally.

After fitting I cut all pieces out of my actual fabric. This fabric (45″ wide) was bought from the local market at £2/metre…happy days… 🙂 I made a couple of amendments to the pattern. The skirt front pattern piece has a centre front seam which I was not too keen on. The bodice pattern does not have a centre front dart to match the skirt centre front seam to so I decided to cut that part on the fold taking of 1/2″ at the fold where the seam would’ve been. Also the neck line was very high so I re-drew a new one lower down which meant that I had to create new facing pieces to match.

The sleeves on this pattern are not sewn the usual way which made sewing this pattern super easy 🙂

And here it is:

Simplicity 1699

Not such a great photo but better than nothing 😉

M4826 bodice with BHL circle skirt Combo

Hi Everyone,

I have had this dress made for a while but have just been soo busy lately with x2 children, LegoLand, Sonisphere festival, office parties and more that I have not had time to blog about it.  I have about 20 minutes now so this may be a little on the brief side….

I’ve had the McCall’s pattern M4826 for a while now.  I love the bodice/halterneck that this pattern has but not so keen on the gathered skirt. So I thought I would try something a little different.  I had some Cherry fabric (from that I had been keeping back for the right dress.  Now seemed the appropriate time 🙂  When I have a plan/idea in my head I just have to get on with it straight away!

I traced off the bodice pattern pieces on to my faithful wilko kiddie craft paper.  I made a Toile/Muslin of the bodice pieces as I needed to get the fit right.  This needed a little adjusting.  I then transferred the adjustments to the traced pattern pieces for future versions 🙂

Aftermaking the bodice/halterneck I used the circle skirt app from By Hand London to help me find the right dimensions for the circle skirt.  As I my fabric was only 45″ wide I could not get the length I really wanted so it kinda came out as a skater type skirt in the end.  Lou future note ** quite tricky to make a circle skirt with a 45″ wide fabric…next time try a different skirt solution** 😉

So here it is:

M4826 bodice with circle skirt

My shoes are Jelly shoes by Mel Women’s Popstar Synthetic Mary Janes

#Sorbetto Sleeveless Top finished

Sorry I have not updated my blog for a few weeks chaps…

So…about a month ago I popped down to a local market stall and found some super cheap fabric, £2/meter and had polka dots…YAY!

I thought it was perfect for trying out ideas and using my basic pattern cutting skills instead of using calico which I can not wear.

I made a slight change to a free pattern that I found online (I removed the fold in the middle) Sorbetto Sleeveless Top top from Colette Patterns

My next plan is to try this again and change the neck line and add a Peter Pan collar and a slight and button fastening at the back (so I can get into it).




New pattern just arrived – Coco :)

I’m very excited about my new pattern which has just arrived in the post his morning 🙂

It’s a pattern that requires a knit fabric which I have not used or sewn with before. This is my next challenge to take on 🙂

I have to finish my tea dress first which I am making with the Sew Over It ‘Sew along’.

I made a promise to myself to finish a project before I start another as I have way too many unfinished projects round the house. My main problem is the fitting stage. It’s hard to fit your clothes on yourself without help 😐
My Hubby helps out when he can … thanks Zombie! x

Drafting a pattern from a shop bought skirt

I have an all time favourite skirt that I would to reproduce in different materials. It’s a skater skirt and ‘should’ (she says) be easy enough to recreate!


So here’s how I went about attempting this:

1) I laid the skirt down flat on to some kiddie craft paper. I then took my pattern tracer wheel and ran that along the seams. This made a dotted mark along the paper.

2) Using my pattern making ruler and grader’s set square I straightened the lines and made the curves better (not sure how else to word that). The front part to my pattern I folded it in half to make sure it was using the centre front as the fold line.

3) I drew the straight grain parallel to the centre front line and centre back seams. I found the straight grain for the side pattern pieces by folding them in half and drawing the straight grain along that folded line.

4) I then placed the back part of the skirt down and traced those seams, but I found with this particular skirt that it was the same as the front but with a seam where the centre front is which is where the zip would go.

5) I then added a 1cm seam allowance round all seams apart from the centre back (zip seam) and hem. I allowed a 2cm seam allowance at the hem and 1.5cm seam allowance down he centre back seam to allow room for the zip to be sewn in. You can either add the seam allowance on to the pattern or add it on once the pattern is pinned to the material (like of have).


6) I decided to make a toile first using calico to test my pattern making skills. So I placed the pattern down lining the straight grain to the selvedges, added the seam allowance then cut out my pieces.

7) The waistband was just a strip of material double the width with a 1cm seam allowance on the length and 1.5 cm at the zip.

Here’s the tested pattern made out if calico:


It fits perfectly :). Now to make it out of the real fabric!