Tie strap summer dresses are always a favorite. Their wearing ease and simplicity lend a charm to any wardrobe. I have two such styles, Sweet as Pie, and Love Pattern #9, but I’ve seen a few requests for a bit of a different style like this one from Well Dressed Wolf This yoke is […]
There are several ways to finish the outer edge of facings for a neat look.
Do you ever come across a pattern and think, ‘oh, if only it was slightly different’ or ‘if only it wasn’t two pieces and was a dress instead’? Well, I saw the Give Piece a Chance pattern and thought just that. The two piece ensemble is beautiful, and it certainly has its place in a […]
One such detail is the very wide, single layer sashes that tie into big beautiful bows. For this tutorial, the sash instructions are for a big bow sash.
It’s not a secret. Humans come in all shapes and sizes. Little humans are no different. If you have a child that isn’t an average shape, you may have difficulty with properly fitting clothing off the rack. This may have inspired your desire to sew but you probably soon realized that even sewing a straight […]
Adding a snap placket is an easy way to make a romper a bit more diaper friendly. Here is a quick tutorial on how to add a placket to any pattern in your library. Right sides together, pin the romper fronts together along the rise. Finish the seam using your desired method and press flat. […]
Pinafores come in all manner of styles from simple utilitarian smock types to fancy (as in not meant to ever get dirty) pinny’s with lace, tucks, ruffles and flutters. Over the decades pattern companies have churned out 100’s of variations. The pinafore is just as popular today and often the featured piece of an outfit. Duchess and Hare has the Pretty Pinnie pattern […]
There have been many inquiries about adding sleeves to Duchess and Hare’s popular vintage style Runaround Romper and Dress pattern. The Runaround has a vintage fit through the shoulders and plenty of ease to facilitate dressing and attaching to the waist which is elasticized (no placket needed). It is possible to add sleeves to the […]
UPDATED Why change a dress bodice or a top into one that buttons up in front instead of the back? A few reasons come to mind such as ease of dressing for independent toddler/child, show off some awesome buttons, avoid hair getting tangled around buttons (my reason to use zippers for back closures!) and my […]
Measuring may seem basic and it is, if you know where you’re supposed to measure. My patterns are drafted using the ASTM standards for a child’s age/size and measure accordingly. When measuring, it’s best to do so over snug clothing like a camisole and underpants or a tank top and leggings. If you measure […]