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Thursday, July 31, 2014


OK so the last time I followed a dressmaking pattern was when I was 15 and that had limited success so I was a little apprehensive to give it another go.  But  we are 20+ years down the road since then and I do sew a lot so I figured I'd battle through!

My daughter had picked out a pattern and fabric so off I went.  I have made her bits and pieces over the years but never from a proper pattern you understand so wasn't really sure what all those little markings were for lol! But I figured it out as I went along.  And this is what we made...

 A top and a belt.

I used a Simplicity pattern: 2689

Not sure I'll be rushing to make the other items just yet.  I was amazed how long it took me.  Maybe it's because I wasn't familiar with using a dress pattern.  I did feel a little restricted following a pattern.  So, not sure it's really me!  But I'm pleased I did it. Think we spent less time shopping yesterday for a heap of items than it took me to make this one!

I did crack open the packet with the twin needle in it though and threaded that up for the first time to do a fancier hem than normal!


  1. You've done a great job making the top from a pattern, Jo. Looks terrific!!! Next time you'll be much faster and you can always make it your own and deviate from the pattern.

    1. I've featured your blouse today, Jo...

  2. You did a great job with this blouse!

  3. Lovely, a pattern I would like for myself.

  4. It is absolutely stunning! What a fabulous pattern, I bet she loves it.

  5. I made this one for my daughter, as well - very cute pattern!


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