Ginger and Edith



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Two finished garments to discuss today Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files and Edith Top by Maria Denmark (also a dress pattern). These patterns work well together as a summer outfit (if we ever get some summer appropriate weather here)

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I’ve made this before – maybe two years ago (I think the pattern is around that long). It comes in a B and C cup option so that is great is you are a C cup – it eliminates the need to do an FBA. I still had to do my other regular adjustment – for broad back and a forward shoulder. I used Nano Iro double gauze fabric and it is so soft and feels great to wear.  I got it from Miss Matatabi during the winter.

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I got a new button hole attachment for my machine and it improves the whole buttonhole making thing tremendously.

It looks like this:

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I got it from an eBay site – I don’t remember which but you can easily find them on there.

I am so excited about it I made a video of how it works. Here is the link to the video – my first YouTube video!!

This is the finished buttonhole:

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Ginger Jeans

There been lots written about these jeans pattern and I have to say I agree with all the good stuff. I’ve made up a few trousers & jeans patterns up over the last few years and this one needed the least amount of messing around with to get to this point. I made up a quick muslin of size 12 in View A – low rise version with a bit of stretch denim I had leftover and had enough to muslin a shorts length version – (that’s gone to the bin – I don’t wear shorts anymore – just not me!).

After fitting the muslin, I added about 2 cm to the body length front and back – usual adjustment for me and fired away. They are super comfortable in this grey stretch cotton sateen. I only had enough fabric to make cropped trousers and unfortunately haven’t been able to wear them yet as it’s still freezing here in Ireland.

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There seems to be a lot of drag lines going on here. If anyone has any comments please feel free to let me know where I might be going wrong. I think they could be tighter in the legs and the waistband definitely need to be reduced as I have to wear a belt with them.

Heres a full length version:


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Overall, I am really happy with this outfit. It’s very easy to wear and I can suck up the weather and throw a cardigan on top and just wear it!!


My photos need a bit of work, I haven’t taken many timer photos of myself lately, but decided to give it a go in my new workshop/ Dress Fabrics HQ. My fabulous sewing space and soon to be online fabric store!!

This is the sewing area:



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May 2015

May is a funny old month in this part of the world – one day you could be out in short sleeves and sandals and the next a woolly jumper and big boots. Well -this year its more of the wooly jumpers and boots!

I’m following Me Made May and posting an occasional pic on IG, it’s lovely to see everyone else’s outfits – I find it very inspiring and start to decide what I really need to make for myself. Check out Zoe’s blog post on Me Made May 2015 to catch up on the crack.

So in other news – I’m working on Ginger Jeans finally – I’ve a pair half made in a khaki sateen – I only had enough for a cropped pair but didn’t want to use my nice grey denim till I tried a proper pair first. I did muslin in some left over denim but I want to wear them for a few days before I decide if any further adjustments are needed. But straight out of the packet – they are a great fitting pattern.

Also made recently is a Granville shirt (Sewaholic Patterns) in lovely Cotton and Steel Frock rayon fabric. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough for full length sleeves  so made them short sleeved.


My best Collar ever!!

My best Collar ever!!

The Jasper dress pattern from Paprika Patterns is also a new TNT pattern for me, I tried it out as a sweatshirt first and then went ahead and made a ponte version of the dress and I love it.



Jasper Dress – no pockets


Jasper Sweatshirt – Love the pockets (Also Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings)






So before I go and make my coffee – I’m just going to let you know of my plans – I’m in the process of setting up an online fabric shop – based in Ireland.  I hope to be up and running over the summer – I’m working on the website and our premises at the moment and I shall be fabric shopping at the end of June – beginning of July. If you want to keep updated – like my facebook page and subscribe for my newsletter on the website –