Dartless FBA for Knits – Do You Need One & What’s the Best Method?

Today’s mega topic for discussion is all about creating dartless Full Bust Adjustments for knit sewing patterns. There are loads of different methods out there; do you really need one and, if so, which works best? Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin! You may recall that recently I sewed up my first Jenna Cardigan. Whilst … More Dartless FBA for Knits – Do You Need One & What’s the Best Method?

Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

Hello again! So, following on from happily fitting my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress , I really wanted to  fit a basic trouser / pant; I felt I’d learnt a lot about fitting the upper half of my body but that the lower half was still shrouded in mystery. I say ‘shrouded in mystery’, what I mean is shrouded … More Classic Pedal Pushers & Fitting a Basic Trouser / Pant

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress: Ding Ding Round 2 – it’s a knockout!

Ah McCalls 6696, what a bout we’ve had! You may recall that I documented Round One with this dress? It ended with me, well, losing … resulting, as it did, with a garment that was more tent than dress. However, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet – I really wanted to go the distance with … More McCalls 6696 Shirtdress: Ding Ding Round 2 – it’s a knockout!

Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

I’ve debated whether or not to write this post, questioning whether anybody would find it useful, meaningful or remotely interesting. But I’ve always reasoned that if I am here to document my sewing journey, I owe it to myself and any Reader to portray that journey honestly; to not prettify it or make it ‘Instagram-worthy’ only. … More Weight Changes, Fitting Issues & Me Made May #MMMay17

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress – Ding Ding: Round One!

You’d be forgiven for thinking, as a co-host of #sewtogetherforsummer, that I’ve  sewn a dozen shirtdresses before but…no. The Challenge was very much designed around the idea of encouraging us to dig deep into our pattern stashes and surface with a project kept on a back-burner for far too long. I’m certainly no exception – … More McCalls 6696 Shirtdress – Ding Ding: Round One!

New Look 6217 – Top (View B); Pattern Review & Redrafting

This pattern (View B) was brought to my attention, like many others lately I suspect, by Jane Marland of Handmade Jane who blogged recently on her makes with it. Having read Jane’s post I immediately thought two things; first, a quick easy make that looks like a true wardrobe staple? Yeah, I’m having me some of that and so duly … More New Look 6217 – Top (View B); Pattern Review & Redrafting