#SONP teaser – Pattern Review

On June 10th I will do a  pattern review for Hideous Dreadful Stinky’s Summer of No Pants.

I purchased B5317


For B5317

For B5317

and this fabric to make the dress with.

The problem:

the pattern calls for 60″ fabric, I purchased 45″

so now what to do…

luckily I have a skirt pattern, we will see what happens with it, stay tuned for my post on June 10th.

Also on May 27th SONP2013 starts up, four skirts in four weeks, I am excited for the challenge! Each Friday I will post my finished product.


Mad Men Dress – the nonexistant result…


My Mad Men dress was a bust, I was away the days leading up to the contest and my second practice dress had been another disaster, I have decided to work on skirts more, bodices seem to be eluding me.

I still have my fabric that I was going to use for this dress so I will have to think of what to use it for.


Any suggestions?



I also just discovered that the deadline had been extended… to yesterday… lol

Mad Men Dress Part 4

With 17 days left to make this dress its definitely time to start working on it again.

I redrew the pattern, hopefully it will be easier since princess seams are giving me so much trouble. I really need to start buying some fabric with some stretch to it.

Here is the new pattern. I used this for the boat neck part and this for the darts. Now I just have to get some more broadcloth to practice on.


Mad Med Dress part 3

I have been working on my Mad Men dress for Julia Bobbin’s dress challenge. So far I ave hand sewn my practice dress, I seem to have went wrong somewhere though… It’s looking like it is going to be too small, I haven’t tried it on yet so we will what happens tonight.

All I know is that I am very happy that I am making a practice dress out of broadcloth before I touch the fabric I ordered online!

I decided to stay with the original dress that I picked out.

Patterns and Fabric and Zippers Oh My!

I went on vacation this weekend and ended up in a fabric store, I spent an hour and a half there and bought my very first patterns! I will post pictures of them later on. I also picked up my very first invisible zipper – forgot to get a zipper foot for it though so it will be a while yet before I can try that out. I got three dress patterns, a skirt pattern, and a button up shirt pattern – I can never get the store bought button up shirts to fit so I though I would try to make my own.

I also picked up some pretty plum coloured mystery fabric. It feels like a georgette – which I didn’t even know existed until this weekend. They sell it at a givewaya price since when they get it in the type of fabric isn’t identified. I got it for my fancy dress pattern which is definitly not for beginners but I am excited to try out once I practice some more.

They also had a bin of second hand patterns there, I found one that I loved but they didn’t have my size, it was a Butterick pattern, a short dress with a criss cross back.


I’m really excited to start working with patterns but first I have to start my Mad Men Dress – I wish I had March Break so I could sew!

How was your first experience with a pattern? Have you ever got an “aw honey” from a sales associate when you show them the pattern you are getting and tell them you are a beginner? (’cause I sure did lol)

Mad Men Dress Pattern

Lately I have been working on drafting my pattern for my Man Men dress. The local shop that I get my fabric from doesn’t have sewing patterns for sale.  So my patterns are made by me. Usually I just google things and piece it together from what I can find. Or find a tutorial online. I have been having a lot of trouble finding a tutorial for a sheath dress. I finally found a pattern here.

It lets you print the pattern which would be ideal if I had a printer… Since I don’t I have drawn it out by hand – just free hand, no measurements yet. I will figure that part out later. I also picked up some white broadcloth to try the pattern out on before I use the fabric that I ordered online.

A couple of changes. Mine will be boat neck, and will not have a belt, also the back will be more like the one in the pictures on my first Mad Men Challenge post.

Here is what I have so far, my drawing abilities peaked at stick people so apologies for the quality of the drawing…


It’s a bit hard to see since its small and I was using a pencil but if you click on the picture it should get bigger.

Next week I am going to start measuring and cutting out the pieces on the broadcloth. Tonight I might work on my Dopp Kit, but more on that later.

What do you prefer, tutorials or patterns? Would you rather print off a pattern or buy one in a store? Or do you like to make your own? How about tracing clothes you already have?

Mad Men Dress part 2

You know how once you find something you like you should stop looking and be happy with it, well I kept looking at Mad Men dresses and found this one:


For the website click here

Maybe I could get a royal purple material to make this, or an emerald green. I don’t think that I could complete it in a month so I will most likely stick with my original idea (see part 1 here) I will attempt to make this dress sometime… Maybe Julia will have the Mad Men challenge again next year.

I started looking because my body type matches Joan the best but the other dress will work for me. I have never been a big fan of boat necks, so that should be an adventure.