Have you made an Alabama Chanin Style garment? Or are you like me, planning for years, collecting materials, but not quite getting around to beginning? All that hand-sewing is a big time commitment! This is the summer that I begin making a few pieces of Alabama Chanin style clothes. I may not finish them… Continue reading Dyeing For Alabama Chanin
Here’s a pattern hack for a faux princess seam. I’m still working from the A-line dress pattern, that I hacked out of this raglan T-shirt pattern. The dress above is from Toast and is made of a cotton, medium weight, single jersey. They use a nice thick jersey. The fabric has stripes, at various distances across its width,… Continue reading Jersey A-line Dress Hack: Princess Seam
In my last post I showed you my drunk dress; made while enjoying too much Brandy, because of not enjoying a toothache. This is an easy modification to make to any jersey dress pattern. I think it would look nice with solids or with a print jersey and a solid woven. The stretch fabric needs to… Continue reading Drunken Dressmaking Part II: How to Make a Pattern for A Contrast Hem Panel
Dressmaking Detective Do you play dressmaking detective by going “shopping” on the high street and taking spy photos? I have been loathe to. One of the beauties of sewing is not having to go shopping. But it can save a ton of time and disappointment if you try on different styles and fits before sewing.… Continue reading Bits and Bobbins: Dressmaking Detective
I finished making my A-line dress in a cosy grey sweatshirt fabric. I am delighted with it! It fits even better than I’d hoped. I’m wearing it now and will take some pictures to show you today. It took about 2 hours from cutting the fabric to finishing the hem (I basted and tried it on… Continue reading A-line Dress Thoughts
In my last post I really admired this simple A-line, T-shirt dress from Gorman and went looking for a sewing pattern to make it. I couldn’t find one, so I’ve decided to illustrate how to do a pattern hack of a basic raglan, T-shirt to turn it into an A-line dress.
Yesterday I got excited about combining grey and gold and sewing an Alabama Chanin pattern. The obsession spilled over into another mood board. I love the hems of the two Alabama Chanin skirts on the left. It is such a great idea to use two or more layers of jersey together to create a thicker fabric. Thicker… Continue reading Grey and Gold Spring Mood
This winter, my go-to-dress is an A-line, long sleeved, velveteen dress, like the one above. The fabric cost under £10 and it takes about an hour to make. It’s cosy, warm and flattering. I’ve made myself two; one in burgundy and the other in taupe. Both look good with a pair of tights and chelsea boots. I dress… Continue reading Sew a Velveteen Dress