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Welcome to my Blog

I am a grandmother to 4 little girls. I blog about the things I make for them, review patterns, provide tutorials on how I've dealt with techniques or problems, which I hope may help others, and give links to the (mostly) free patterns I use. Every so often, I do a 'Best of..' post listing the best free patterns I've found under specific headings - babies, girls, boys etc. Enjoy the Blog!

Monday, 20 May 2019

An A-line dress with colour blocking

This is not strictly the best title for this post,, but I wasn't sure quite what to call it. In this post, I'm going to give you some alternative ideas to make an simple A-line pattern more interesting, by splitting the pattern in various ways. There are a number of different ways you can do this, but the principles are the same.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Gathered bottom frill on A line dress

The simplest way to add interest (and the all-important 'spin') to a dress is to add a frill. This post looks at adding a gathered frill. A later post covers adding a curved frill, or layers of frills. In these posts, I am mainly assuming a woven fabric, but you can use a knit if you prefer and adapt the pattern. I'll have another post on this as well in due course.