Introducing the Lou Lou Dress, and a Giveaway

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I’m very happy to announce that my first pattern, the Lou Lou Dress, is now available in my Etsy shop.

Lou Lou Dress Logo

Lou Lou is a short, sleeveless, A-line dress with a twist. The pattern is designed for light-weight woven fabrics with lots of drape, e.g. silk, rayon, polyester, lace, or light-weight cottons. The pattern comes in eight different sizes.

The PDF pattern includes a version for home printing on A4 or US letter paper, and a copy shop version that can be printed with a large format printer.

Variations

The dress is fully lined. Versions A and B feature a decorative band across the hem of the lining, which can be made in a contrast fabric, perfect for a small fragment of a precious fabric from your stash.

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version A by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version A by English Girl at Home

Version B features an inverted box pleat at the front neckline, creating additional fullness.

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Lou Lou Dress Sewing Pattern Version B by English Girl at Home

Version C features a curved contrast panel on the…

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Style Arc Misty stretch pull-on jean

Look, in animal print ! This pattern rocks .

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You all know that I rather love a Style Arc pattern.  That particularly extends to their pants.  I don’t think that pants are hard to make – but I do think that they can be hard to fit.  It’s not just about circumferential measurements; there’s also that crotch depth and shape to take into account and where your muscle and fat are distributed in your stomach, bum and legs.  It can definitely be challenging!  I generally take the lazy way out with pants, and sew ones that use stretch fabrics and have elasticised waists.  Because my waist to hip ratio is not significant, I don’t get lots of gathers at the waist when I use elastic, so there isn’t increased bulk there.  But I do get comfort.

Style Arc describe the Misty stretch pull-on jean as follows: Want the look of a slim jean and comfort as well?  Then this…

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Lilac Jeans!

She made these and they are awesome! !!!

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lilac misty Ok, so calling these “jeans” is a bit of a cheat.  Actually, they are another pair of Misty pull-on jeans from Style Arc, my new TNT (tried and tested) go to pattern for jeans.  I still want to make the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files but haven’t quite plucked up the courage to give it a go yet, and the Misty jeans are soooo comfortable and easy to make! The fabric I got from ebay and it is a stretch denim but a lighter summer weight and it is really soft and comfortable, I think there is still some left if you want to look! A rear view, always a good look ha!  I’m just pleased with my pocket placement so wanted to share that.lilac misty bum   And the waist band is elastic – not much to add as they are exactly the same as my previous Misty Jeans…

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A tale of two Wandas

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Hello sewing chums, I hope you are having a good weekend? I am LOVING being part of The Monthly Stitch during Indie Pattern Month for a number of reasons: so many talented sewistas are joining the community and sharing their makes; every time I check my blog feed I see more gorgeous things which I want to make; it’s FAB that everyone is getting so involved with the challenges and last but not least ….. I was a winner in the first week Dresses category! More of that later …. It all kicked off for me by reading about the inaugural secret santa style pattern swap. It’s the first time I had participated in something like this and it was really good fun. I know that the person I bought a pattern for liked it because she has made it up and written a blog post about it – I thought…

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A tale of two Wandas

Divine 💖

clarinda kaleidoscope

Hello sewing chums, I hope you are having a good weekend? I am LOVING being part of The Monthly Stitch during Indie Pattern Month for a number of reasons: so many talented sewistas are joining the community and sharing their makes; every time I check my blog feed I see more gorgeous things which I want to make; it’s FAB that everyone is getting so involved with the challenges and last but not least ….. I was a winner in the first week Dresses category! More of that later …. It all kicked off for me by reading about the inaugural secret santa style pattern swap. It’s the first time I had participated in something like this and it was really good fun. I know that the person I bought a pattern for liked it because she has made it up and written a blog post about it – I thought…

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Dorset Feather Stitchery March 26

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Winfrith's Crafty Friends

Dorset Feather Stitchery is more about design than stitches – it mainly uses buttonhole, chain and feather stitch, but in a very distinctive way. The (only) book on the subject is “Dorset Feather Stitchery” by Oliva Pass and tells how the Women’s Institue rescued this local craft from being forgotten.

Jill showed us a couple of pieces of Dorset Feather Stitchery she had done as part of her City and Guilds course in embroidery, and supplied materials so everybody could devise their own design. Some people started on pieces to be potentially useful for a cushion cover or cards, while others did samplers to learn the stitches and how to apply them to the designs.

We will continue with this craft on 30 April.

Women round a table, stitching. One helping another with the method being used. Concentrating hard on the stitching.

Six pine cone shapes cut out in brown felt, divided by ric rac braid stitched with brown thread The distinctive “pine cone” shapes used in DFS

Lines and pine cone shaped embroidered in red, orange and green One piece well underway

Pair of hands working on filling a circle with orange thread Filling in the centre with satin stitch

Piece of fabric with lines of stitching on it, plus a pine cone shape in brown, outlined with buttonhole stitch Sampler of…

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