Category: Sewing Projects

Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top pattern review

I decided to do a little review of this pattern because I don’t often make things for myself so am still learning when it comes to making grown up clothing!

I bought the Sailor Top pattern from the wonderful Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. They’ve just moved in to their beautiful new shop so I went to check it out! The pattern retails at £18 which is obviously quite a bit more than McCalls/Simplicity et al. However in my opinion it’s worth it if you’re going to make several versions of it. The information is great including advice on how to measure your body to figure out pattern size. I made the large for this first attempt because it’s a woven cotton with no stretch at all, so I didn’t want to risk it coming up way too small. 

I would say the fit is pretty great and accurate to the measurements given. 

This is what you get in your cute little folder: I love this style of instructions being in a booklet! I invariably lose bits of standard commercial patterns when instuctions are just printed on sheets of paper!

Also because if the way it is written it’s a doddle to follow, handy little diagrams and ‘hints and tips’ boxes make it very user friendly.

And so here it is finished!! I had to fit it in around nap times and school run but I reckon without interruptions I could do the whole thing in a couple of hours. 

Attaching the neck facing was a wee bit fiddly as you gather the neckline with basting stitches all the way round to fit the facing, but there’s plenty of help in the booklet. Other than that it was all pretty straight forward! 

Also I love the fact that you can type in #fancytigersailor to Instagram to get a load of inspiration for other makers! Fab! 

I’ve used this gorgeous Mori Girl fabric which I am seeking in my Etsy shop (link in bio) It’s by Dashwood Studio. 
I have already got the next version of this too ready to be cut out, this time I’m trying it in a jersey…… watch this space! 😍


Adorable baby ‘bloomer’ shorts! Simplicity Pattern 1378 

How adorable are these! And who says shorts are just for summer! This little monkey loves to take her socks off, now the weathers is chillier tights are the perfect solution! And what better to go with them then these adorable little shorts. They were so easy to make and really quick too! They are part of a set really with a little sundress tunic but I love them on their own.
I’ve already made two pairs and will absolutely be making more! The pattern only goes up to age 2 I think so will have to find some bigger ones or figure out how to size these up. (any experts in pattern sizing please shout!!)

First pair (above) made in this cute white polka dot on green. It’s called Applebloom by Freespirit Designer Beads and I still have it available in my Etsy store. It’s 100% cotton and is a bargain at £4.10 per metre (I got a great price on it so I’m passing it on to you lovely folk!)  Also available in FQ or half metre.

This is basically all you cut out! Just two pieces… Easy as pie!

Next up is this gorgeous dusky pink ditsy print by Tilda fabrics. This is from the Autumn Tree range (called Ilse Lilac) and again I have plenty still available to buy. Its £15.99 per metre but you can also buy a FQ or half metre as always. These are the 12- 18 month size.

 I’ve just got some lovely needlecord which I might use for my next pair, but more autumnal! 

That’s all for now



Quick dress upcycle project

I bought this dress in H &M in the summer and have never worn it, I liked the pattern on black background but it was too baggy and ‘swing dress’-y for my liking (ie made me look like I ate all the pies!!!)

I was going to shave a load off each side with my overlocker to try and resize it but despite lots of pinning and fitting couldn’t get it to look right as a dress. So I decided to turn it into a vest!!

I started by tracing round a vest I already own and like the shape and length of:

Then it got the chop!!

A few whizzes through the overlocker and  voila!! A new top that I will actually wear!!! 

Very quick and immensely satisfying! The best kind of sewing project! 

A happy end to a truly bizarre day…