Posted in My Makes

New Year’s Martha Dress: an Epic Saga

After finishing an internship with Tilly and the Buttons, the girls kindly let me have a few of their patterns as a thank-you. One of the patterns I chose was the Martha dress. When this pattern first came out, I’ll admit I didn’t like it – the sleeves were always gorgeous, of course, but as a larger-chested girl I would normally avoid high necklines like the plague. It grew on me over the course of the internship, however, and I resolved to make my own after seeing some beautiful versions on Instagram and Pinterest. The final straw was a similar dress I saw in Marks and Spencer – a stunning piece in a bold black floral. I knew I had to make my own. Continue reading “New Year’s Martha Dress: an Epic Saga”

Posted in My Makes, Tutorials

DIY Dress-to-Skirt Tutorial

Today I’m going to try my best to show you how to turn a button-up or shirt dress into an adorable skirt – and it’s really not very hard! This tutorial could be useful if (like mine) your dress is a bit too tight upstairs, or just if you don’t think the dress suits you very well. Or if you simply want some quick, easy and cheap skirts because why not.

First of all, you’ll need to find yourself a dress. I found mine in a charity shop for £5. Continue reading “DIY Dress-to-Skirt Tutorial”

Posted in Thoughts and Ideas

Winter Sewing Plans

In two days’ time I will be leaving university and returning to my home (and my sewing machine!) for Christmas. I have spent the last few weeks of term just itching to make something, and have filled my head with daydreams and plans for all the lovely things I am going to make over the holidays. We’ll have to see in January whether I manage to get through them all!

SO, without further ado: Continue reading “Winter Sewing Plans”

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A Stripey Bettine Dress

Tilly and the Buttons’ Bettine dress was the first dress I ever made, and I absolutely loved it! I still get a lot of wear out of it, whether on its own with sandals in summer, or layered over a long-sleeved top, leggings and boots in winter. I decided that another one, in grey and white stripes, would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. Continue reading “A Stripey Bettine Dress”