Thursday, 4 July 2019

Make a fabulous onesie for an 18" teenage doll

Make a super-cute onesie for your 18" doll

What a fantastic little outfit this is . The pattern  is Kwik Sew 3966 available from

A Toddler Dress and Dolls dress

Every little girl would love her doll to be dressed the same as her. In this post I am going to show you how to do a simple "pattern hack" in order to make a straight dress using the basic top pattern and the skirt pattern.  It is very easy to do and means that you can make even more garments from your
first though we are going to make the Child's dress

You will find lots of suitable patterns in the children section of pattern companies

With this blog post I want to discuss sewing for children

A dress for a little girl and her doll

Mother and daughter sew-along A post.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make your daughter a dress and at the same time she can make an identical one for her doll. This is a lovely pattern from Ellie May Designs for Mccalls Kwik Sew It is available from KWIK SEW K221
There are other patterns

The pattern is fresh and modern and includes some very easy to do applique flowers on both the girls and the dolls dresses.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

How to make a man's shirt with a collar. Blog post for

How I made a mans shirt.

I am delighted to be doing this blog post for This is the first garment I have made on my new Bernina 350. I chose to make a mans shirt because it gives me the opportunity of trying out a lot of the machine's functions on one garment.
 I enjoy sewing mens shirts probably more than anything else, they give me an opportunity of being creative with materials and designs, and producing something which is totally unique .Be warned though if you do decide to make a mans shirt then you need to ensure that it looks professional because if it looks home-made then he just won't wear it.having said that do not be put off too much as this tutorial can be used to make yourself a shirt instead.  

I am using two different cotton fabrics, one in an uneven black and white stripe and a plain black. I will also be using some red piping. The pattern is a very old one which I have adapted and changed many times to make different variations of the shirt. I have made over a dozen shirts so far and no two are the same.
You may like to read my previous blog alongside this one, it gives more detailed  instructions for making the various components of a shirt.Click here to view it:- How to make a collarless shirt