Vogue 1300 Dress

If you’re looking for a pretty simple dress this Vogue 1300 is perfect. Again, this is one from my archives so this patterns will be from around 2014 if you happen to have it in your stash.

Apart from making this dress a few sizes too big for myself at the time it was a basic, flattering shift style dress. I made this from a polyester material but I think something more like rayon or linen would be a much nicer fit.

Description: Misses Dress and Slip: Loose-fitting, pullover dress has back neck slit, button/self loops, binding, side pockets, stitched hems, flounce and cap sleeves.
Pattern: Vogue 1300 Dress
Material: Polyester but linen or rayon would suit for just the dress but if you wanted to make the slip you could do lighter fabrics.

I am super excited to be showcasing some dresses from my archives. This one was about 6 years ago when I was creating a new outfit for myself almost every week. I was also still learning about fabric types and getting used to how they would sit. It’s amazing how much you learn along the way and still learning!

Happy Sewing!

Erin xx

Vogue 1270 Dress

I have been running through my sewing archive and found a dress I made in 2013, which turned out so amazing. This is the Vogue 1270 dress made with cotton sateen fabric and cotton lining.

I adored this dress but it was a tricky one to make. There was slight error in the instructions at step 14. However, I checked Pattern Review and a few others had commented on the same thing, which made it a little easier to understand how to complete it. I also had to add some front pleats to the neckline because it gaped too wide.

Once we can actually get back to the workplace I would love to make this one again with a few alterations, such as changing the top and back neckline to fit better and adding full sleeves.

Overall it was a very flattering style if you happen to have this pattern in your stash! I am going to be posting a few oldies to my blog, that I haven’t yet posted since starting my blog again.

Happy sewing!

Erin

5 Helpful & Inspiring Sewing Books

If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.

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1. Vogue Sewing

Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.

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2. The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook

I love the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook because it starts with advice on sewing tips and techniques and then guides you on how to cut out their patterns. This is perfect because it also comes with five basic patterns including a top, a skirt, a dress, a coat and a bag with instructions on how to create them in a few different variations. Such an inspiring way to indicate just how creative you can be when you start playing with fabrics, notions and altering the patterns slightly to give it a different look and style each time.

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3. The Colette Sewing Handbook

The Colette Sewing Handbook is another beautiful book guiding you through some of the fundamentals of sewing, plus useful cutting, fabric and sewing techniques. It also includes five patterns including the Meringue skirt, Pastille dress, Truffle dress, Taffy blouse Licorice dress, all with step-by-step instructions and information on how to alter them to make the perfect fit!

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4. Couture Sewing Techniques

Couture Sewing Techniques takes a deep dive into the art of sewing and how to master a number of techniques to make your garments look couture and professionally finished. I’d definitely recommend this book for those wanting to advance your skills with some simple and effective methods from stitching, facings, closures, sleeves, fitting, pockets and much more.

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5. The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible

The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible truly is a bible for everything dressmaking and sewing. This would be the perfect book for beginner sewers and something you can revert back to at any time throughout your sewing journey. It has definitions of a huge range of sewing techniques including picture diagrams on the best method of mastering these techniques. Plus, it’s also a great size to take with you to sewing lessons or to fit in your bag or next to your machine.

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Books I want to buy

I’ve absolutely loved collecting these beautiful sewing books that you can refer back to at any time throughout your journey. Plus, here are a few books that I’ve been spying on and would love to buy next.

If you’re unsure if any of these sewing books are for right fit for you, then why not check out your local library first. Otherwise, I always find Book Depository quite amazing on price and delivery.

  1. Love at First Stitch – Tilly Walnes
  2. The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking – Wendy Ward
  3. Gertie”s New Book for Better Sewing – Gretchen Hirsch

What’s your favourite sewing books? I’d love to know!

Erin xx

Vogue 1236 Work Dress

Hello corporate world! This week I created two new garments to add to my work wardrobe. This little black and white combo is super comfy and perfect for any corporate office. You could even dress it with a large waist belt.

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My work is in Brisbane city and is VERY corporate but I seriously love it. Despite them moving our teams up and down the floors every few months, it’s a really cool place to work. They hold some crazy events and last week they gave away free gelato in the foyer. Next fortnight they are having a puppies and piccolo coffee day! Every time an email comes around we all Skype each other, “PUPPIES & PICCOLO!!!”

So yes, being in a fun, corporate office means that I love to dress up and get involved with work events and just enjoy being around some of the most amazing, talented and friendly people.

Dress

This is an older DKNY pattern that is no longer in print. I’ve had this pattern from when I first started sewing back around 2012. It a very simple dress and one that would be perfect for beginner sewers. I love that it had these really big deep pockets, had a slip over baggy-style dress which you can dress up with a large waist belt.

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Description: Loose fitting pull-on sleeveless dress with waist tie and top front pleats.
Pattern: Vogue 1236
Material: Lightweight Linen

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Shirt

This BurdaStyle shirt is one of my favs to create. I’ve already made it a million times which you can see in my first BurdaStyle button up shirt and the second Checked button up shirt post.

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Description: This chic button up blouse can be made short or long enough to be worn as a tunic with leggings. It features dramatic cuffs and darts for a flattering silhouette.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Button up Tunic
Material: Cotton Voile

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This dress can also be sewn in a number of different fabric types. Below I’ve used a light-weight linen but I’ve previously sewn it in a cotton sateen and it worked just as nice.

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Both outfits are really simple, easy to make and create the perfect work combo. I’ll definitely keep these patterns out to make a few more! Does anyone have any great work patterns that they love to use? I’ve actually worn my new Colette Macaron’s to work a few times now and LOVE them!

Happy Sewing!

Erin xx

Vogue Dress 1313

Description: Semi-fitted dress has partially lined yokes, seam detail, no side seams, side front pockets, front exposed zipper and topstitching.
Material: Linen and Linen blend with a cotton lining
Pattern: Vogue Pattern 1313

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Over the Easter break I decided to whip up a few dresses to wear to work. I have so many patterns but thankfully landed on this nifty Vogue number. I’ve always loved the colour block type dresses so I pulled out my floral cotton sateen that I bought a while ago at Spotlight and pieced it together with some black cotton sateen. I also included a lightweight cotton lining.

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The one thing on this dress, that I feel makes it look a lot less handmade, was the use of the jacket zipper. If you’re not careful the zipper alone can end up making this garment quite costly, at $10 per zip! So if you can, it might be worth buying a few of these online in bulk or going direct to the supplier online to save some money.

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The second dress I made was out of a linen and linen blend. I think the colour block worked really great on this version as well. The best part about this pattern is that there are a few different pieces so you can pick and choose which parts you want different.

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I like this version because it will be great in winter with a short sleeve shirt and black tights. Oh and the best part of all… it has pockets!!

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This pattern is now out of print, so it might be a bit more difficult to get your hands on. But if you can, I highly recommend it because it’s a really lovely design and it’s actually quite easy to make. You can also mix and match a range of different fabric colours and types!

Hope you enjoyed! Happy Sewing

Erin xx

My Sewing Archive

It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.

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So I thought I would showcase some of my first sewing projects, some I wore, and some I basically took straight down to the local op-shop. However, I feel that no matter what, it was a great learning experience being able to discover a fun and rewarding hobby.

Luckily, I even made a glossary of what these patterns were and can now look back and indicate what patterns I would love to resew in my current sizing.

I believe this process of learning how to sew is a really important one. You might start off with smaller patterns including children’s clothing, toys, quilts, tops and dresses like I did. Either way, you have to be patient and keep persisting in achieving what you want out of this hobby. I started out on a Janome 6260, which is still running strong and now I’m sewing with a Brother NV1300, which I absolutely love.

These days there are some really great resources available to help everyone excel at this hobby. Some of the beautiful books that helped me learn how to sew included the Colette Sewing Handbook, Vogue Sewing, The BurdaStyle Handbook, Love at first stitch and so many more! Plus, there are endless pattern companies out there to suit all types of body shapes. When I first started sewing I actually found it difficult to find a modern, young style of pattern but now we’re spoilt for choice, with indie pattern companies popping up everywhere. With the addition of Craftsy online learning and Youtube it’s so much easier to learn how to sew without spending anything (apart from fabric and notions of course)!