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PRINTING PDFs: Print at 100% scale. Do not let your printer ‘auto-scale’, ‘auto-rotate’, ‘shrink-to-fit’, ‘it to paper’ etc.
A4 is- 21cm x 29.7cm / 8.26″ x 11.69″, US letter is 8.5″ x 11″, A0 is: 84cm x 118.9cm / 33.1″ x 46.8″
Christmas Stocking- Pearly King & Queen style
(an original project I designed for Making Magazine in 2012)
I had removed this a while ago but having just seen thelittlecostumier on Instagram making one so have reinstated it!
Link for US letter pattern pdf- pearly-elf-christmas-stocking-pattern-us-letter-x6
Link for A4 pattern pdf- pearly-elf-christmas-stocking-pattern-a4x4
Link for instruction pdf- veravenusmakingmagpearly-stocking
Up-cycle a plain shirt: June 2016
Download the 3 page Appliqué tutorial and template HERE
Reversible Stole Redux Dec.2015
It was about time I updated this pattern and tutorial as it is one of the earliest I posted so here it is:
pattern size- UK 10/12 US 8/10
(around-shoulders measurement 42″-43″)
Totally simple to make larger or smaller
skill level- intermediate
Box-pleated Skirts July 2015
*please note- this is a POST with a formula for working out number of pleats and fabric amount to your waist size, it is NOT an actual pattern*
Click the pic to be taken to the instructional post.
skill level- easy
UK 12/ US 8 36″-37″ bust/ 29-30″” waist
Skill level: Intermediate
See my French Knicker pattern further down the page which can be used for shorts
there is also my Skirt Drafting tutorial to make a pencil skirt in your own size.
Mock-Wrap Jersey Dress
UK10-12 /US 6-8 35″-37″ bust
24 page pattern + instructions (27 pgs to print in all)
!! It has just come to my attention that half of the sewing instructions in the full pdfs below are missing 😲
I will fix it asap (mid May) but in the meantime
you need to download the separate instructions as well as the pattern.
Skill level: Intermediate
For jersey/knit fabrics only!
Pussycat Bow blouse
Similar to the pattern for the blouse below it’s a a front buttoning bow tied round neck blouse- a simple kimono shape with tucks at the hip to shape.
I’ve included a little diagram in the pdf showing how to do a FBA to the pattern.
Skill level: easy
Keyhole Neck Blouse
A simple magyar/kimono style blouse. Worn with or without shoulder pads depending on what decade you are aiming for.
NB: My sample blouse has 2 keyhole cut-outs, the pattern has 3.
Blouse size UK s/m: bust 89cm-93cm/ 35″-36 1/2″
15 page download including the 12 page pattern, a pattern assembly guide, measurements, cutting and basic sewing info.
See the pictorial on how to make simple shoulder pads -here-
skill level: intermediate as the sewing instructions are basic and assume prior sewing knowledge. But you won’t know unless you have a go!
Skill level: easy
Slinky Bias Slip
3 sizes included on the pattern:
84cm-99cm bust / 89cm-104 hip (33″-39″ bust / 35″-41″hip)
Tiled patterns links:
For those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full non tiled pattern:
Slip Sewing instructions only (4 pages)
skill level: intermediate-advanced
50’s Style Dress
A project I recently created for the Dec.2013 issue of Making magazine:
A sleeveless 1950’s style dress with full box pleated skirt
UK size 10 : to fit approximately 34″ bust-27″ waist
Warning : 33 pages to print
For those of you fortunate to have access to large format printing here is the full size non tiled pattern:
Dress Bodice A1 LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY (59.4 cms x 84.1 cms / 33.1 inches x 23.4inches)
Dress Skirt A0 LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY (84.1 cms x 118.9 cms/ 33.1 inches x 48.8 inches)
skill level: intermediate
Dinky Little Handbag Dec. 2013
I’ve combined the instructions and template from the magazine with a home printable version of the bag pattern.
skill level: intermediate
Sundress Bodice UPDATED May 1 2014
A little something for the hot weather: a Sundress bodice that can be added to many styles of skirt…or added to shorts for a playsuit.
Updates: A couple of small notch corrections and more sewing instructions so hopefully easier for beginners 🙂
Download: US Letter tiled Pattern
Download: A4 tiled Pattern
Draft a circle skirt to your own size waist
Little Bias Dress (LBD)
skill level: Advanced
An original pattern drafted by yours truly to make this little bias dress
UK size 10/12 US 8/10 ( Bust 36/37″, Full Hip 36″-38″)
with instructions on how to adapt the pattern to turn it into a 30’s style nightgown .
To download first there is a 4 page pdf which covers fabric, sewing the dress and adapting the pattern for the nightgown:
Then download one of the pattern pdfs:
Download LBD A4 tiled pattern
Download LBD US letter tiled pattern
Download NOT TILED pdf pattern , LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS ONLY : A0 or 33″x 46 3/4″
Skirt Drafting Tutorial
Draft basic skirts to your own size!
A Skirt drafting tutorial, mainly for the green 30’s style pictured but also covering a basic Pencil Skirt pattern and A-line skirt
Pattern Pieces for 50’s Style Bucket Pockets
French Knicker Tutorial
(given a slight rewrite July 2016)
Download: Sew-Along pdf
Includes very detailed sewing instructions on cutting slippery fabrics, french seams, pin hemming appliquéing lace and more.
1930’s style PJ Top Pattern
Full pattern and basic sewing instructions in the PDF
Fits a 34″/35″ bust and with a little added to the side seams would easily fit a 37″bust)
See this Threads Magazine article on basic pattern grading.
Sewing level -Intermediate
50’s Style UnderPants
An easy to make“Grannie-Pannie” 50s style big knicker pattern in .pdf format
The pattern is UK size 10-12 but easy to grade up or down following the Threads Magazine how-to in my links.
For one or two way stretch fabrics. The sample pictured was made from a 1-way stretch silk.
The sizing will vary based on the stretch of your fabric…. I recommend that you make a practice pair first to get an idea of the fit!
1940’s Style Mini Cape
This is for the pattern only, there are no sewing instructions.
Circular French Knickers
tutorial to draft and make to your size
At long last the newly corrected Circular Knicker tutorial returns 🙂
Pretty Beaded Edging Tutorial
Technique to make a hand beaded edging on an existing collar (or neckline, cuff etc.)
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