A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pattern Madness - Dresses

Although there are lots of works in progress I could not help taking the opportunity of some new patterns for spring while taking husband to the airport.  He is off to Brisbane for a course and I get 9 days to sew!!  A great exchange.

Butterick 5917

I was hoping to get this pattern which Sarah from Goodbye Valentino made up so well.  I loved the ruffle detail and the higher waist and thought it would suit the new Spring Plan very well.  Unfortunately we are a season behind and it is in the new Fall patterns in the US, if I want it I need to order it online.  But never fear I still managed to come away with a few new patterns - I was very restrained.

Reading other blogs is dangerous to pattern owning health! Seeing what others make and how they interpret the patterns can highlight a pattern that I just need to own. Butterick 5891 by Katherine Tilton is an example - discussion on Stitchers Guild along with the pictures of Martha's version  convinced me that I need this for the Plan.

Keeping with the theme I picked up Marcy Tilton's new dress from Vogue 8876 and think the version with the cap sleeves will look good in very fluid viscose fabric.

After the success I had with dresses last summer I am keen to sew more and fell in love with this Tracey Reese version.

Vogue 1343

Lots of things to think about sewing and I still am working on that velvet dress and hope to have it ready for unveiling by the weekend.  My plan of sewing a little each day has been thwarted recently with lots of work and child rearing demands but now with the husband away and the children at school I might get some more done!


  1. I've got the Tracey Reese all cut out and am numb with terror- I just keep avoiding it. Im not sure why.....

    1. I will await your version with pleasure - love to read your blog!

  2. The Butterick ruffle is on my list - I've purchased the pattern, just have to find fabric and sew. Lucky summer is a few months away still! Enjoy your 9 days of sewing heaven.

  3. Oh I love your pattern choices, particularly that A-line Vogue dress with the cap sleeves.. just gorgeous!

  4. I succumbed to the Marcy Tilton dress too, just waiting for some warmer weather - at least that is my excuse for not doing anything about making it just yet! I hope you are having a pleasant sewing extravaganza.

    1. I'll love to see what you decide to make it up in!