There are so many wonderful things about sewing your own clothes, like having complete control over the design, the fabric and the fit. This means I’m usually happy with what I’ve created. But not always. Sometimes a garment just doesn’t turn out how you’d hoped. Take this dress, the Cambie from Sewaholic. I’ve only used one other Sewaholic pattern,…… Continue reading A Cambie Disaster
A ‘waterproof’ Minoru coat.
Like most of my sewing projects, I started with a bit of inspiration from some ready to wear pieces. Namely these Hell Bunny Isadora and Collectif Pearl coats. I love the fur trims, the full skirts and the hood on the Hell Bunny version. I’ve made coats before, but never with fur. It couldn’t…… Continue reading Winter Wonderland Coat (McCalls 6800)
I love shelf bust dresses, but don’t like the way the modern patterns seem to be designed to cut you half way across the bust with a (not very flattering) minimising effect. I’ve attempted sewing a shelf bust dress using a modern pattern, with little success. Then simplicity released this ‘Lolita and Rockabilly’ pattern. Not so much a shelf…… Continue reading Garden Party Dress – Simplicity 8127
I have a love for fabric with ‘odd’ prints. The brighter and weirder the better. When it comes to bright or quirky animals, I really can’t resist. This quilting cotton has been in my stash for a while and is a gorgeous Robert Kaufmann print from the Polar Pals collection. It’s a perfect true red and the foxes are…… Continue reading Polar Pals Dress
If you’ve found your way here, then welcome to Alabama Sew’s very first blog post. In 2015 I made a resolution that I wouldn’t buy any clothes if I could make them myself. Aside from underwear, bras and a couple of cardigans, I managed to stick to my no buy pledge. 2016 started with the…… Continue reading 2017 Wardrobe Plans