I Made a Dress!

My inner sewing goddess is jumping up and down, clapping her hands like a six year old! It’s a navvvvy dress with white polka dots and… I MADE IT!  The fit is horrible. It makes my shoulders look slopey and my boobs look saggy but I still LOVE it anyway. colette dahlia dress It’s a Colette Dahlia pattern. And here’s what I learnt:

1. I’m not in proportion

Colette Dahlia Dress

2. Making a dress is kinda complicated

Colette Dahlia Dress

3. Invisible zips aren’t as scary as you think

Colette Dahlia Dress

4. Kick pleats are a nightmare to hem, expletives were uttered and no, I won’t post a photo of my derrière

Would I make this dress again? Probably not. The fit is really baaad on me! Maybe it’s time for another peg bag?


Look, I Made a Delphine Skirt!

Love at First Stitch Delphine Skirt Red

And it’s red (my favourite colour, obvs). If you know me even a little bit you’ll know I’m a big fan of breton stripes with a red skirt. I have a lightweight red linen skirt that I wear to death in the summer. And now I have a heavyweight one for winter too, yay! This is my first real foray into dressmaking, besides making a few things for the children (like the top I made for Carmen), so please excuse my delirious excitement.

The skirt is the third project in Tilly’s Love at First Stitch Book. A book that takes you from the absolute basics of threading your sewing machine through to creating a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself. It’s a structured A line skirt, which works wonderfully well in the bright red cotton drill that I’ve chosen. I’m especially proud of my invisible zipper. It is by no means perfect but I’m SO happy with my wearable handmade skirt!

Love at First Stitch Delphine Skirt Red

Did I mention how much I love, love, love this skirt? I have some mustard yellow material waiting in the wings for my next version. If you like the look of it too, the book is available to buy here. OK, I’ll stop going on about it now.

On Making a Brigitte Scarf…and Not Feeling Bardot!

This morning I made myself a Brigitte scarf, tied it around my head, and felt like a mad woman. Why can’t I make a Brigitte scarf, tie it around my head, and feel like a 60s pin up?


So I tried styling it another way…


…and lastly, nothing screams 60s quite like a messy afro, half-tamed by a head scarf , does it?


Setting aside my style drama, this is a perfect starter project for a beginner or, if you’re a more advanced sewer, a brilliant way to use up any leftover fabric pieces from larger projects. The scarf took less than half an hour to make and cost nothing, as I already had the fabric in my stash. Fancy making your own? Here’s the how-to, courtesy of Tilly and the Buttons. Next time, I’ll be adapting the pattern to make a longer scarf.

Any tips on how to style a head scarf are most welcome in the comments below.