Knippie July 2014 – Little Bird Dress

I’m not in the habit of making things for other people as there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the things you want to!

The exception of course is for my sister and my beautiful nephews and niece. They seem to be my kryptonite. And whilst I don’t make a habit of making childrenswear, it’s actually kind of fun. It’s quick and pretty easy to do especially if you are a beginner.

Although, I did make life a bit more complicated for myself by borrowing my mum’s basic sewing machine – it’s just never the same as the one you use, it’s like driving a car in a different country on the wrong side of the road!

And then because I wasn’t at home, I didn’t have access to my serger to finish the seams and this being childrenswear – I vaguely remembered everything has to be made for comfort. So I then dismantled the seams and re-did the seams as French seams…. Perhaps I make too much work for myself?

Back to the dress, I picked up the June/July edition of Knippie the last time I was over in the Netherlands.

Knippie, Childrenswear, Girl's dress, 09-03-2014

I flicked through the pages and knew immediately that I wanted to make this little number for my new niece – dress number 9.




Knippie, Childrenswear, Girl's dress, 09-03-2014

This is what it looks like in the line drawing…

Knippie, Childrenswear, Girl's dress, 09-03-2014


My version consisted of some cute bird print fabric and a pale blue and white wavy patterned fabric – both from fabrics galore. I made up the 80cm size and had plenty left over from the 0.5m of fabric that I bought. I love that you can buy more expensive fabric and still have a relative bargain at £10 for 1 dress! :-).

Here’s my niece rocking her new look at her Christening last weekend. And in case you’re asking why I didn’t get a better picture of the dress, i.e. take a picture before she wore it… I left it to the last minute to finish the dress, which will probably surprise nobody.  I could hear the Church bells ringing whilst I was still sewing on the buttons… Seriously, need to get out of doing that!!

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The Story so far…

Howdy Y’all,

I am really pleased to be announcing that I will be launching Elise Patterns, my lingerie sewing pattern business this week at the Makegood Festival which is being held in London between the 29th May to 1st June. It’s a showcase of startup businesses that all took the same business course as me.School for Creative Startups Logo

Nine months ago, I had the privilege of being accepted onto a course run by the School for Creative Startups here in London. I had an idea for a business and not an awful lot else at that point.

My interview consisted of showing the course director my bras and knickers (no, not the ones I was wearing!) I’m not sure he was expecting that! Still makes me giggle to this day.


Nine months later and I’m about to launch my website, my patterns and my business. Ok, I’m pretty terrified. It’s been a lot of hard work and late nights, fitting it in around my day job and other commitments but it’s been worth it. I have learnt so much in the past year from how to build a website to adobe illustrator and indesign, i’m apologising now to all my friends who I may have neglected a little along the way!

But i’ve also met and made new friends with some really lovely people like Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons and Helen from Curious Handmade.

Stretch Knickers, LaceJersey Knickers, Lace

But I’m pretty certain that if I had not taken this course, I would not be where I am now. To be honest, I’d probably still be sitting at home, envious of others that were doing something that they loved. (Seriously, if anyone is reading this and wondering the same, do it, you won’t know until you try!)



Who knows where this will take me but it’s an adventure right? And I’ve always loved adventure. I would love it if you had a few moments and take a look at my new website, perhaps I’ll even persuade you to buy a pattern or two?


And finally but not least, a big thank you to my lovely pattern testers who have helped me out. It’s one of the things that humbles me most in the sewing world is that people give up their free time to help you out.

Silk Knickers


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Pattern Testing!


Just a quick post today! I’ve been super busy recently and I cannot wait to show you all what I have been up to! All good things I promise :-)

I may have developed a few lingerie patterns along the way and am now at the stage where I’d love to get some good honest feedback about them. So, if anyone fancies doing a bit of pattern testing, click on the link below.

I’m looking for a variety of testers really, so having lots of experience isn’t a prerequisite as they are pretty easy peasy patterns I promise!


Pattern Testing Link


So just click on the button above which will take you to a short questionnaire and then I will let you know a little bit more! Thank you!


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Biensûr Coco Mademoiselle…

This is the very lovely Coco dress pattern from Tilly over at Tilly and the Buttons. How awesomely talented is she? I LOVE this pattern. If you don’t know what the fuss is all about, seriously where have you been???

Coco Dress, Jersey Dress

Ok, so this should have taken me about 2 hours to make but you know when you’re really tired and do stupid things? Yep, all i’m going to say is overlocker & inside out sleeve…..

Coco Dress

And though at the beginning I did think my colour choice feels a bit Vicar of Dibley, the colour combo is definitely growing on me. But never mind, I finished it and I love it. The dress is so easy to put together, so much so that number 2 is all ready and cut out.  Don’t be too surprised if you see that appearing on here in the not too distant future!

FYI, I lengthened the dress about 5 cm and if you’re tall like me (5 ft 10″) you may want to do the same.

Coco Dress

Black & White Coco Dress, Sewing Pattern

Finally, Thanks to my friend Kat for taking the photos in the park and making me giggle. :-)

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All the Wild Horses…

This is the Deer & Doe Plantain Top – I actually finished this on the last day of January in time for the sewcialists #bluefebruary. DSC_0120I was so pleased with myself, finishing something off for myself for once… Then I had a knock on the door from my builder, turned out he could start the re-decorating my flat earlier than anticipated. The next thing I know – CHAOS! I think I’ve only just recovered from it. Don’t get me wrong, they did a great job but it definitely makes you appreciate not moving house or packing your stuff up for a very long time. Still, it has been a great time for de-cluttering my place and I feel a lot better mentally for it. Weird how clutter just seems to drain you mentally and physically. DSC_0122_01    Details: Viscose Jersey from my local shop: Fabrics Galore and I used thicker navy blue lycra jersey for the neckline & patches. I think next time that I would probably use the thicker lycra to finish the wrists too.

DSC_0129_01 Love the patches! DSC_0133 This is a really easy make, if you haven’t already made it – do it! Plus it’s a free pattern – bonus! Click here.

Also in other news – I’ve just joined Pinterest (and am now completely obsessed). If you’re on Pinterest, come and say hello :-)


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A Little Retro Magic….

So this kind of happened over Christmas…. I bought a vintage Singer 317 off eBay.

One minute I was looking for a cheap second-hand (read: portable) sewing machine that I could have at my parent’s house when I stumbled across this lovely (not portable) machine in a beautiful mid-century cabinet that matches my furniture at home.


The next thing I know I’m bidding on this without thinking through the logistics of this…. It was located an hour away and I don’t have a car…. Minor detail, Watson, Minor detail…

Enter one very kind friend of mine who was willing to use her 4 by 4 to good use and venture into the flood plains of Surrey with me in return for dinner and cinema.

Singer 317, Vintage Sewing Machine

What makes this sewing machine all the more valuable is that when I got to the seller’s house, I met the owner of this sewing machine, his mother. She told me that her husband had bought it for her in the 60s and that it had brought her a lot of happiness. (She had looked after this machine impeccably getting it regularly serviced, the machine came complete with manual and accessories.)

It was lovely to be able to say to her that her machine would be going to another sewer’s home and that it would be well cared for.

I just love the cabinet and the machine works perfectly. I’ve even finished a couple of things on it already…. I am so happy with my eBay win.

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