Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Clothing Wardrobe Essentials Part 2

 This is the continuation of my clothing wardrobe essentials part 1 and like I said before, these are essential because they are the foundation to a good and timeless wardrobe, if these were all you had to wear, you'd be peachy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So without further ado let the games begin........


The shift dress is so versatile, I have several of them in Ankara(wax print) fabric. They are easy to wear and may seem basic but if you've been with me in this series of posts you'd realize versatility is the name of the game. 
So you can dress this up with a blazer and some knock out heels or just wear as is with some nice flats.
Any sewing pattern will do, your fabric choice is up to you, I just wouldn't do anything too sheer or lightweight.


A white dress shirt(formal) is another versatile piece to have in your arsenal.
Pair it with some jeans for a dressy casual look or with a blazer and some black trousers for a more formal setting. Also, I'd get something with a standing collar..........less casual.
As for sewing patterns, these ones I have here are nice, but, if you have a shirt dress pattern, raise the hem to just above the hips and, viola, a shirt is born.


A pencil skirt is another wardrobe must have. in this case, it must be a dark colour to go with any colour of accompanying garment and knee length or slightly below the knee( whichever length suits your body shape the most) to be appropriate for any situation.
There are some really nice pencil skirt patterns like



Consider the black pants your more formal trousers(not that they can't be worn in a casual setting) to where the dark wash jeans are for less formal occasions.
These are so versatile can be dressed up or down as, and, a true wardrobe staple for men and women alike. They are like a guide to dressing for dummies.



The trench or pea coat help during the colder months. if you don't have such problems, a light cardigan would suffice for days when a denim shirt or jacket might be too heavy.
The waterfall cardigans are all the rave right now and would fit the bill nicely.
The ladies over at sew my style sewed up one for the month of February. If you missed it here are other patterns to choose from.


Does this priceless gem of a wardrobe staple need any introductions? They can be light flowy and airy for the summer months and even if you didn't want a maxi dress made of heavy fabric but the cold weather was a bother, you could get a long sleeved one and wear a jacket over it.
There are so many sewing patterns to choose from.
 I should also add that you can take your fav top or short dress pattern and extend the hemline to your ankles to get a maxi dress.

And there are my list guys, hope you like it.

How many of these items do you personally have? Do you even agree with this list? Are there some other items you feel should have made the cut over others? How do you feel about the pattern choices? Have you actually sewn up any?

Let's have a conversation in the comment section.


Thursday, 1 March 2018


Its another round up of the sights and sounds in the sewing world, but this time for the month of March.

Now there are also some year-long challenges going on but I wrote about them in the posts for January and February, so, do check those out first.

Back to March then, here's what I could find


There's a royal wedding brewing and the folks at McCall's patterns have come up with this genius idea for the sewing community to feel like we were invited.

Below is a list of the blogging teams and the dress they will be making in the sew-a-longs.

Follows the McCalls facebook group to get details as they are made known


This challenge is similar to the #2018usenine that I talked about in January's post except that fabric that you use from your stash has to have been a resident for up to 6 months.
This challenge is being hosted by Katie and Pilar.
As always check their sites for detailed guidelines, sponsors, and prizes to be won.


This challenge is being hosted by Melanie and Atia. Its a sew-a-long challenge for a beautiful spring and summer wardrobe. And as the title suggests cotton lawn fabric is the ideal fabric because its light and airy, perfect for the season but still and light summery/spring fabric will do.

There are lots of sponsors, challenge runs from the 15th of March till 15th of May 2018.

Check out their sites for more details on how to join and guidelines.


This is daily photo challenge for makers, so that means sewists are included. This tag was started in 2016 by Joanne Hawker to help tell the story of the small business owner.

Don't forget to tag your photos on Instagram to participate.


Another photo challenge on Instagram but specifically for sewists, knitters, handbag makers etc. it was started by the ladies of sew altered style, and, its also running for only the month of March. There are no prizes or sponsors as at this time but it's a good fun way to introduce yourself to the community and make friends with other makers.
This is their facebook group.

So how do you feel about this months list? Are you excited and are you joining any? If you are pls tell me all about it in the comments.

Also, while I did my best to scour the net for information, I'm sure I missed quite a few, or, you might have decided to start a challenge or tag of your own. Just keep everybody informed in the comment section


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Clothing Wardrobe Essentials Part 1

           In today's post, I'm talking about the essential clothing wardrobe pieces every woman needs. they are essential because everything else can be based on them and if these were your only item of clothing you'd still be fine, OK?

And since this is mostly a sewing blog, I'll have some sewing patterns(which I will make clickable) to accompany the items.

OK, let's get to it............


            The basic white t-shirts are a staple in any country or season. They are quick to just throw on over jeans, under a blazer or even tucked into a pencil skirt.
Find the neck cut(round, v-neck etc) and fit( tight, slim fit baggy etc) you like or that flatters you. And you're golden. Some patterns I like for sewing up this item are


AHHHHHHHHHH the little black dress or LBD needs no introduction. You could have one for day and night, dress it up with some heels and a red lipstick or dress it down with some flats or trainers it's your choice really. Find a length and silhouette that works for you though. You can pick up and dress sewing pattern just sew it up with an all black fabric.
 But I want to tell you guys about a book I can't wait to get my hands on, you should get it for yourselves to try your hands on some iconic LBDs.


This next essential clothing item choice will depend a great deal on your weather situation. If you live in an all summer environment like myself, then, a light/medium weight denim shirt is for you. The jackets can be strictly outerwear while the denim shirt can be buttoned up or left unbuttoned and act like an outerwear. These are great because you can throw them over a top or a t-shirt and still look stylish. they can also be dressed up or down.
Sewing patterns include

Also, mood sewciety has a free moto jacket sewing pattern and BurdaStyle has a free biker jacket (with plus size variations) sew-a-long that you could sign up for


Jeans are so versatile and a staple in any wardrobe, however, the dark wash blue denim is a winner every time. To make this count as your wardrobe essential though, these cannot be a low rise or too high rise, a good mid-rise pair is what you need. they can go with your basic tee, and you can wear them with your jackets and blazers too. And as with all things find the cut(bootcut, skinny, flared etc) that best suits your body shape or that you feel most comfortable wearing.

Here are some sewing patterns. The MiMiG and Ginger jeans have sew-a-longs.

Tailored in this instance means, it has to fit properly. A blazer is a tried and true go to for more formal events, you can look all smart and put together with just this outerwear. Wear it with jeans or black tailored pants with a t-shirt underneath. Decide which style fits you most(single or double breasted etc) and watch your style scream confidence to the people around you.

Any blazer sewing pattern will do, just make sure to sew it up in black.

Did you agree with this list? or sign up for the free sew-a-longs? are there other items you think should have made the cut? Check out the PART 2 to see if they made it.