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Pretty Basic Party Dress

On Tuesday, I showed you the dress I wore on my Birthday. It’s based on our brand new sewing pattern called The Pretty Basic Party Dress. Today, I get to share the first post featuring this dress!

I originally made The Pretty Basic Party Dress during the winter. Publishing it took a bit longer than usual due to a surprising amount of technical difficulties. I’m happy to say that it seems like I won’t have to spend so much time with technical details with our site, and can start focusing on creating patterns again. There are a few coming soon, but I’ll tell you more about them later.

Today, we’re focusing on the new dress.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress continues the line of pretty basics. These styles are designed to be easy to sew and comfy to wear. They can also be mixed and matched. The Pretty Basic Party Dress is the latest addition. It goes with The Pretty Basic Cardigan and The Garter Petticoat. I’m currently working on a Pretty Basic Vortex Shawl, and that will also pair up nicely with this dress.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress is made with viscose jersey and mesh. The dress has a seamless yoke and flared sleeves. The yoke and lower sleeves are designed to be made with see-through material. You can naturally choose any kind of fabric for the dress: no part of it needs to be translucent if you don’t like that.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress has an A-lined hem. The dress is fitted at the waist, and widens toward the hem. The model dresses are both quite short, but you can easily lengthen the hem if you so choose.

The dress is designed to be super-easy to make. It’s best made with elastic fabrics, but the techniques used are beginner-friendly. I’d say that the most challenging part is binding the neckline.

I’ve made three versions of the dress now, and will probably make more. The style is really cute, and the dress is unbelievable comfortable. I made the second version with lighter viscose jersey and elastic lace. I made the sleeves in elbow-length simply by leaving out the lower sleeve and lengthening the pattern a bit. I bound the cuffs with strips of fabric to match the neckline.

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I hope you’ll enjoy The Pretty Basic Party Dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Pretty Basic Jersey Dress

On Tuesday, I showed you some crochet projects I made just for the fun of it. Both the crochet dress and cardigan were paired with a red dress. Today, I wanted to share more info on the freshly published Pretty Basic Jersey Dress Sewing Pattern.

I like things that are easy to mix and match. Since dresses are my favourite thing to wear, I wanted to create a dress that goes with everything.

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress is just that. It works with all kinds of cardigans and shrugs, can be paired with a belt of a corset, likes to hide under longer circle skirts and pose as a top, can even be made in mini-length and worn with leggings. With this dress, anything goes. And what’s best of all, it doesn’t really need to be accessorized. The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress is the kind of garment you can just pull on when you’re late for work, and still feel cute all day.

This style is designed to be made with viscose or cotton jersey. I chose solid colours for my two dresses. Black and red are the colours I wear most often, but this style works with other tones, too. Try a light beige to wear under lace garments. This will create a striking nude-look. Create the dress with a wild print for a fashion statement, or pick a light pastel to celebrate summer days in. Whatever your choice, this dress will love it.

The pattern is available in five sizes, from petite 32 to 40. It’s designed to be figure-hugging in a comfy way. The pattern comes with two neckline choices, and you can easily modify the hem and sleeves in length.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

PS. This dress, being freshly launched, will be the VIP special offer for two weeks in a row! If you haven’t already, be sure to join our mailing list to gain access for VIP-coupon codes.

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SkaterDress

On Tuesday, I showed you a cute little dress I made in less than two hours. I based it loosely on our Skater Dress Sewing Pattern, and today, I’d like to write more about the pattern.

The skater dress and its variations are among the most popular dress styles. With a fitted bodice and a flared hem, what’s not to love! The basic skater dress pattern can be modded beyond belief. With our Skater Dress Sewing Pattern, I did just that. Along with the basic style, our skater dress sewing pattern includes a hooded, Gothic-inspired style, and a variation based on a store-bought blouse. I for one like to sew a pattern over and over again if the style pleases me. Adding details and little mods can change up a basic pattern quite a bit. This pattern is designed with the re-sewing option in mind.

The example of our basic style is made with long sleeves, and a smooth hem and bodice. I used viscose jersey for this style, and I really like that choice. A soft fabric makes the dress comfy for everyday wear.

The basic style is super-easy to accessorize. It goes with pretty much anything! Try adding a belt to the mix, wear the dress over a top, or pop a cardigan over it. You can change it up when sewing, too: make the hem longer or shorter, mix jersey with elastic lace, or pick a patterned material. The basic style really loves its variations, so don’t hesitate to go wild with it!

The basic skater dress bends to all sorts of ways. When making this pattern, I wanted to see just how much can be done with it. For the Gothic version of the pattern, I added bell sleeves, a laced up bodice, and a large hood. All of these elements together make the dress a Gothic girls dream. This style can also be taken apart for a more subdued look. Try sewing a basic dress with a hood, or adding the lacing to the basic style. Change the fabric from velvet to jersey, and the dress changes altogether!

This style is a bit more challenging to accessorize due to the amount of detail. The dress likes jewelry and petticoats, and of course cute leg-wear paired with wicked boots.

The last style is my personal favorite. It’s made taking advantage of upcycled materials. For it, you’ll need a fitted blouse, and a hem’s worth of fabric. The model dress has a three-layer hem: tulle, and two kinds of fabric. The top layer is cut into an asymmetric shape to give the voluminous hem a bit more drama.

This style can be paired with corsets and ties which give the dress an androgynous vibe.

The pattern includes a hem, two options for bodice, sleeves that can be made long or short or topped with a circular cuff, and a hood. All of these parts fit together, so you can just take your pick of the elements you’d like to use, and make your dream come true. I’m currently dreaming of a full-length skater dress…

I hope you’ll enjoy The Skater Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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Our Favorite Hooded Patterns

Hooded sewing patterns come in many shapes and styles. My favorites are big ones, the kind you can really hide under. Three of our patterns include the large hood- feature.

One of our first sewing patterns was The Hooded Shrug. It’s made with thick jersey, and trimmed with lace. It has a flattering shape that’s easy to mix and match, and long sleeves with a trumpet shape. The shrug is closed with one button at the neck, and the large hood brings a touch of fairytale to the design. The Hooded Shrug is one of my all-time favorite designs, and I’m thinking of making a new one for the summer.

lace trimmed shrug with large hood, image one

Jersey is my absolute favorite material to both work with and wear. It’s easy to handle once you master it, comfy to wear, and very forgiving when worked with. I used super-light, almost see-through viscose jersey for our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern. The dress has a wide hem and reverse puff sleeves along with a large hood. The dress is made with two layers of light jersey, which makes it warm during the winter.

You can mod the pattern by sewing the dress with one layer only, and even make the dress hoodless. Personally, though, I think that the hood kinda makes the dress.

The latest of our hooded designs is an asymmetrical wrap top. It’s made with light jersey, and has a layer of mesh under the wrap-cut front pieces. The top has a large hood made with two layers of fabric. This gives the hood a tidy inside so you can easily wear it down.

I adore this design, and I’m happy that it’s gotten a lot of positive feedback!

 

If you haven’t yet joined our mailing list, now’s a good time to do so. You’ll receive a 20% discount code as a welcome present, plus exclusive offers on select products. This weekend, these three hooded designs are on sale for all our VIPs!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Hooded Designs.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

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Hitched Hems

Dresses are my favorite things to wear. They’re easy to mix and match, and never out of place. Styles to choose from are endless, and materials used vary from cotton to velvet to leather. Personally, I like dresses that are both versatile and classic. One of my favorite designs in our collection is The Princess and Keyhole Dress. It features puff-sleeves, a keyhole neck, and hitched hems.

princess-seamed dress, one

The Princess and Keyhole Dress is best made with non-elastic materials such as cotton. The dress has princess seams, so it’s shaped at the bodice, and a wide hem. Puff-sleeves make it comfy to wear, but the key element is the hem.

The dress is made with channels on the hem’s seams. With ribbons slid into the channels, the hem can be modified in both length and shape. The dress can be worn long, pulled up at the front, or gathered into a short version. I like to use the ribbons to shorten the hem at the front to show off a colorful peticoat.

The shape of the dress finds its origin in the Victorian era, when hems were wide, ruffled, and often gathered. I’ve used the element of hitched hems in an earlier design as well.

princess-seamed dress, four

The Victorian Skirt is made with two layers. The botton layer features a wide ruffle, and the upper layer can be hitched up with ribbons. The Victorian Skirt is made with a very simple pattern, so it’s available as a drafting tutorial only. This allows everyone to create a skirt with their own, unique measurements.
Hitched hems are an easy way to create a versatile dress. The Victorian Skirt can be worn with both layers smooth and long, pulled up evenly, gathered at the front, or even arranged into a bustle-like shape. I like to wear mine gathered evenly, and I’ve even made a version with ribbon channels on both layers of the skirt.

black satin skirt, Victorian style

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Hitched Hems -sewing patterns.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Hooded Dress

Super light jerseys can be too thin to be worn on their own. I solved the problem by creating a two-layer dress. Styled with a large hood, our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern is designed to make everyday wonderful.

Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern comes with a large hood

Our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern has a wide hem, a fitted bodice, and reverse puff sleeves. Made with two layers of fabric, it can be made monochrome, or with contrasting colors. Using a single tone makes the dress modest and easy to pair with different kinds of accessories. Choosing two colors turns it up a notch, bringing a bit of flare to the simple design.

This style works best when made with light cotton or viscose jerseys, but poly-blends can work as well. Try using a thicker fabric for the shell, and topping it with a see-through chiffon or even lace. Keep in mind, though, that this dress needs to be sewn with elastic fabrics in order to make it as comfy as possible!

Our Hooded Dress has a wide hem, and made with light fabrics, it can have a tendency of flying. It’s a smart idea to pair the dress with a tight petticoat to avoid showing too much. Our Garter Petticoat works wonders with this style, and helps keep overknee-socks up during the winter.

Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern allows you to create a two-layer dress

For this dress, I wanted to take advantage of my favorite sleeve shape. The reverse puff sleeve enjoyed popularity in the sixties, and pops up every now and again. In my opinion, it’s one of the most flattering sleeves. It’s easy to pair with 3/4 cardigans, and works wonderfully with shawls of all shapes. In a feminine dress, it emphasizes the female form.

Our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern was originally designed to be hooded, but to give it more versatility, we’ve added an alternate neckline to the style so the dress can be made hoodless as well. Don’t forget, with two layers of fabric, you can play with the shape of the hem as much as you like!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern also has a hoodless option

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Sleeveless Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are comfortable, versatile, and fun to mix and match. Our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern is designed with a loose fit and knee-length hem.

sleeveless wrap dress sewing pattern, two

Wrap dresses can be made with many kinds of materials. Our version is designed for elastic materials. Thicker jerseys work wonderfully for this style. The model dress is made with cotton jersey, but viscose jerseys or even poly-blends work with our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern. The dress is made with a low-cut, lace-trimmed neckline and long belts. Try using contrast colours for the trim and belts for a funky look, or choose a printed fabric to bring a splash of colour to any workday. This style is a comfy choice for casual office environment, but it can work for family get-togethers or dates as well.

Made with nicer fabric, such as velvet or elastic satin, our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern can go from casual to fancy. Try using two layers of fabric: pick an elastic satin, and top it with elastic lace. Match the belts and the lace-trim to the satin, or bind the neckline with bias tape. This way, you can make the dress look super-stunning for non-formal parties.

This sleeveless style is perfect for summer days. During the warm days of summer, this dress is cool and breezy. Thanks to the versatility of the style, it can work during the winter as well. Pop a long sleeved top and a jersey skirt under it, and you have an extra layer of warmth. You can even wear this style over another dress like a long, sleeveless blazer. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding cap sleeves or even full sleeves to the dress. Though sleeve options aren’t included in the pattern, feel free to use your skills! And if you already purchased our Pretty Basic Jersey Top Pattern, you have a sleeve that fits the dress.

We hope you’ll enjoy our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

sleeveless wrapdress, four

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Lace-Trimmed Wrap-Cut Dress

Jersey dresses, both in long and short styles, are comfortable, easy to pair, and fit for many occasions. Ultra-comfy jersey dresses are perfect for shopping, day-time dates, and even the office. Our Lace-Trimmed Wrap Cut Dress Sewing Pattern is designed to be smoking hot. With a low-cut neckline and flattering, fitted empire waist, it is sexy in a relaxed way.

lace-trimmed wrap-cut dress sewing pattern, image one

This style is best made with light jerseys. Cotton and viscose jersey work wonderfully for this dress, but lycra and poly-blends also nice choices. The model dress is made all in black for a classic dark look. Don’t hesitate to pick any colour, though! This wrap-cut dress will look stunning in shades of red, and absolutely cute in pastel tones. Patterned fabrics will flatter this style as well. With a simple cut, the design won’t obscure printed materials.

The Wrap-Cut Dress Sewing Pattern is available in sizes 32-38. This doesn’t mean larger ladies shouldn’t go for the same style. Included in the pattern, you’ll find a drafting tutorial on how to use a basic top pattern to create the pattern for this dress in your exact size. Be sure to use a top pattern that fits like a glove for a perfect fit!

This style features a revealing neckline, a fitted empire waist, and long, loose sleeves. The neckline and cuffs are bound with elastic lace to add to the delicacy of the design. Accessorizing this style is easy and fun. Add necklaces for a sensual look and a waist corset to emphasize the feminine shape. Try adding a light, fitted top beneath the dress for coverage, and a long underskirt for extra warmth. You can also wear a cardigan, be it loose or short and snug, over the dress on cold days. Whicever way you choose, this dress is up for it. Simple and sweet, it will be a wardrobe go-to.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Lace Trimmed Wrap-Cut Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

wrap-cut jdress sewing pattern, image two

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Too Cute Velvet Dress

Crushed velvet in two tones turned into a super-cute dress designed especially for petite beauties. Our Too Cute Velvet Dress Sewing Pattern bears elements that allows pocket-sized ladies rock their youthful appearance.

too cute velvet dress sewing pattern velvet dress, image two

The model dress is made with cruched velvet in two tones. A contrast-coloured, lined yoke with a bit of ruching is designed to enhance the bust. Together with puff sleeves, these elements add volume to the upper body. The fitted bodice draws attention to a slender figure, and the full, ruffled hem creates an illusion of innocence. Combined, these elements make the cutest dress.

This style works best when made with elastic fabrics. Non-elastics are far too constricting for a dress with no zipper, so be sure to pick a stretchy material. Elastic velvets and satins work wonders when creating a dress to wear to parties. For everyday wear, pick a cotton or viscose jersey. Both are comfortable and easy to work with.

This dress pairs beautifully with a waist corset if you wish to create a darker look. Try adding a tulle petticoat if you’d like a hem with more volume, or sewing tulle beneath the hem’s ruffle. Wide hems draw from the delicate world of Lolita-inspired fashion, and bring a touch of fairytale into our everyday lives.

The model dress is made with two colours. Feel free to use only one tone, or pick a patterned fabric. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose a light jersey, and add a layer of elastic lace in contrast colour over it. This choice would create a dress fit for cocktail parties. You could also lenghten the hem, and sew it without a ruffle. With a long, straight hem and made with glamorous material, you could even rock this style as a prom dress. With a bit of imagination, the options are endless.

We hope you’ll enjoy our Too Cute Velvet Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

too cute velvet dress sewing pattern velvet dress, image one

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SteamPunk Dress

Sometimes, fabrics are very clear about what they want to be. They tell me their desire, and I do my best to make come true. A few months ago, a lightly elastic pinstripe twill happened upon me at a flea market, and announced its will to become a steampunk-inspired pinafore. The fabric’s vision quickly turned into a reality, and the fruit of our joined vision is now available as the SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern.

SteamPunk Dress side view 2

The steampunk dress sewing pattern features a large collar which floats on the shoulder-line. The front of the dress is open, so it requires a blouse underneath! This steampunk-inspired pinafore is best worn with collared blouses paired with ties, or shirts with ruffled fronts.

SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern - collar detail

This dress is un-lined, so that it can be paired with blouses and petticoats. Designed to be worn over a layer of clothing, I wanted it to be as light as possible.

The fabrics that work best for this style are slightly elastic. Since the hem is designed to be gathered to length, the dress requires a thicker fabric. Jerseys can work for this style, but I recommend choosing a twill or even a high-quality taffeta for this style. Since the steampunk dress sewing pattern is designed with an open front, it is comfortable to wear even if made with non-elastic materials.

SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern - hem detal

The hem of this dress is cut with excessive length, and gathered to shape with the help of buttons. The pick ups create an interesting shape to the hem, but the dress can be made with a less dramatic straight hem, or even modded to knee-length. This dress loves variations, and works with a number of hem options. Paired with a tulle petticoat or even a hoop skirt, the hem of this dress will gain volume and an even more interesting shape.

I hope you’ll enjoy our SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

SteamPunk Dress front view

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