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DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

A novelty printed hedgehog dress

February 21, 2017
Hedgehog dress And She Made

I found this novelty print hedgehog fabric completely by chance in my local craft store. This is one of those shops you first venture into for supplies when you’re doing GCSE art and it doesn’t change over the years. But I’ve found some great fabrics there in the past and this time was no different.

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DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

Pattern mixing: A Vogue Anna hack

October 4, 2015
Vogue V1102 Anna hack

Although I love the By Hand London Anna dress, one thing I’m not so keen on about the pattern is the capped sleeves, which aren’t the most flattering on me. The skirt, however, definitely makes up for this and is a really nice, incredibly flattering fit.

I really enjoyed working with the Vogue V1102 pattern too and thought the two patterns might just work together, so I set about creating a Vogue Anna hack.

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DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing

The dream Ruby dress

July 7, 2015

This dress, the Simple Sew Ruby dress, was a dream to make. It only took a few hours to sew up and, like my previous experience of Simple Sew patterns, the instructions were really easy to follow.

This dress was actually a freebie with Love Sewing magazine but it’s such a great make that the magazine rereleased the pattern a few months ago. I got mine on its original run but stashed it away for a future make. Recently I found some fabric I didn’t have a use for and, on a break from another sewing project, I decided to make it.

I’m glad I did as I really love the shape of the dress and it has a great circle skirt. One major thing I’d change (and should have done differently this time but I didn’t have enough fabric) is lengthen the skirt considerably. I really don’t like the dress length at all and even in the drawings it appears to be short. I think that’s even why I didn’t use the dress pattern straightaway. Looking at these photos I think next time I’ll also lengthen the bodice. I wonder whether other people have felt the need to lengthen the pattern?


I’m definitely planning to make more Rubies, especially as they’re perfect for the hot weather that we’ve been having lately! I guess next time I’ll order far more fabric to be able to make these changes.