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Skater Renfrew mash-up

It is no secret that I love the Skater dress pattern by Kitschy-coo, I have already made three versions (the grey one, tiger one and flamingo one) I have now made another version but this time I mixed things up a bit by adding a cowl to the neckline.


This was made in a fairly heavy fabric which I felt would be perfect for a winter dress. I have had the fabric in my stash for about a year and I had about three meters so perfect for giving the cowl a go. To make the cowl I borrowed the cowl from the Renfrew Sewaholic top. I basically added the shape of the neckline from the Renfrew onto the skater dress and then used the cowl as it was from the Renfrew:


As with my grey version I added three inches to the bottom of the skirt so that it is the perfect length to wear with boots (although it is worn here with my yellow shoes). The bodice as with all the others has one inch taken from the length.

I have already worn the dress to work, it is very comfy and warm. The pattern of the skater dress is so easy to wear…I love it!

New Toy Renfrew

After my sewing disasters I decided that I would get back on the bandwagon by treating myself to a new toy:


An overlocker!!! I have been thinking about getting one for ages (in fact my mum asked if I would like one for my 30th and I opted for pans instead!) but decided to finally get one last week. I knew that I couldn’t afford to get a brand new one so had a look on eBay, watched loads and then I won the Janome a few days ago. I was very excited when it arrived though the door and couldn’t wait to get my hands on in.

I opted for the Sewaholic Renfrew. I have had this pattern for ages and have no idea why I didn’t get around to using it. Anyway for the fabric I used rest of the flamingo left over from my skater dress . I thought it would be good to try using leftovers because I have never used an overlocker before and if it all went hideously wrong at least I hadn’t ruined a whole load of fabric.

When it came to cutting out it was very clear that I didn’t have anywhere near enough so I also used a bit of light blue knit fabric from my stash. Here is the finished pattern:


As you can see I halved the front to use the flamingo at the top and the blue at the bottom, the back is all blue. I then used the flamingo for the waistband and cuffs to bring the whole top together.

The other change I made to the pattern is that I shorted the body by an inch, in all honesty now that I have put it on I wish I had taken off another inch. I made the round neck version with the three quarter sleeves, I love three quarter length sleeves, I like the idea of long ones but spend the whole time pushing them up my arms.

Once I had figured out how to thread up the overlocker the whole make was very quick, probably about 90mins including cutting out. I love the inside finish that the overlocker gives and I am looking forward to using it again in the future. I am also particuarly happy with my seams and how the match up:


The top is super comfy, great for relaxing weekends. I already plan on making another one in some other fabric I have in my stash.


Capsule Wardrobe – Matching Fabric to the Patterns

I now have brought all of my fabric for the making of the clothes for the capsule wardrobe challenge, so I thought it would be useful to document which fabrics are for which sewing pattern….especially because by the time I get round to making the last item I may have forgotten which is for which.

So firstly, the staple for a winter wardrobe (and most definitely my first make),

A Vintage winter coat:


I already had the purple wool blend fabric so in Paris I brought the lining which is lemon yellow and the cute floral fabric that I will use to make some fabric covered buttons.

McCall’s Hat and Gloves:


The hat will be made in the same purple fabric as the coat and lined with the lilac fabric that was brought in Paris, the gloves will be made with the lilac fabric too.

Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers:

I have a lightweight grey denim for these that I brought in Paris.

Colette Ginger Skirt:

The fabric for this is a purple cotton type that I brought in Paris.

Colette Peony Dress:


I already had this fabric in my stash, it is one of my favourites so I will look forward to using it.

Vogue V8280 Dress:


This dress will be made in a lilac cotton that I brought in Paris.

Newlook 6674 Dress:

This dress was not in my original plan but when I saw this fabric in Paris I thought it was perfect for the wrap dress.

Colette Sencha Top:

This beautiful lemon patterned cotton was brought in Paris for an unbelievable 10 euros for three meters.

Colette Jasmine Top:


This purple and grey floral cotton was also just 10 euros for three meter.

McCall’s M6284 Top:

Lastly is this McCall’s top, which I am going to make in this purple knit. We went around for ages looking for some knit fabric in Paris but could not find any so looking through my stash I found this…shocking really that I have fabric I have completely forgotten about.