The Dress Developer

A vintage-inspired dress with shawl collar and special skirt - with video

A vintage-inspired dress with shawl collar and special skirt - with video

So, here's another full-size dress. For my summer wardrobe this year, I'm drawing inspiration from old vintage patterns, mainly from the American 1940s and 1950s.

The patterns are realised with my modern basic patterns, so they are not direct reproductions.

I'm starting with a dress with a shawl collar and a skirt with inset side panels cut on the bias. 

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A beginner's wardrobe - part 7 - How to sew in zippers - with video

A beginner's wardrobe - part 7 - How to sew in zippers - with video

Here we are, this is the last video in my series for sewing beginners. In this video, I show you how to sew in zips.

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A beginner's wardrobe - part 6 - A dress with drawstring waist - with video

A beginner's wardrobe - part 6 - A dress with drawstring waist - with video

Okay, we have made a blouse, we have made a skirt. Let's combine these and make a dress.

Details in the video.

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A beginner's wardrobe - part 5 - A not so basic T-Shirt - with video

A beginner's wardrobe - part 5 - A not so basic T-Shirt - with video

Time for T-Shirts! I would say, jersey is for the advanced beginners. What do you think?

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A beginner's wardrobe - Part 4 - A simple blouse with all-in-one sleeves and bust dart

A beginner's wardrobe - Part 4 - A simple blouse with all-in-one sleeves and bust dart

For todays episode of my sewing for beginners video I am revisiting an older pattern of mine, the blouse poppy. But I did make a second version for this blouse, since I was always unhappy with the lack of a bust dart. Bust darts improve the fit for larger busts so much!

So in this video, you will learn ho to sew bust darts and facings.

More in the video.

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A beginner's wardobe - Part 3 - How to sew a pair of pants

A beginner's wardobe - Part 3 - How to sew a pair of pants

This is already part three of my series! Today I show you how to sew an easy pair of pants with en elasticated waistband and patch pocket. This is kind of the sister of my skirt video two weeks ago.

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A beginner's wardobe - Part 2 - How to sew a skirt

A beginner's wardobe - Part 2 - How to sew a skirt

Okay, part two of my video series for beginners is out. Today we are sewing a basic skirt with half-elasticated back and patch pockets.

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A beginner's wardrobe - Part 1 - How to sew a reversible bag

A beginner's wardrobe - Part 1 - How to sew a reversible bag

In the coming weeks I'm planning a small series of videos aimed at beginners. The first video deals with general basic sewing and pattern knowledge and we sew a reversible bag - a new edition of one of my first patterns from 2011! 

I hope the video explains everything you need. Otherwise just let me know!

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How do I take all these measurements? - with Video

How do I take all these measurements? - with Video

I sat down and create a video instruction on how to take all the measurements that are available on my website right now. I case you wondered: Where the heck whould I measure that?

So there are no more excuses, create a pattern in your own size now! ;) 

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A detachable hood for my coat - with video

A detachable hood for my coat - with video

I didn't plan for a hood, but I had some fabric leftover that was just the right size for a detachable hood.

More information in the video.

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