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My Top 10 Patterns – Part 1: 10 – 6

Disclaimer:  This is about my sewing experience and favourite patterns,  compiled from about a year and a half of serious sewing.  All patterns on this list have been made by me at least once and are in my pattern collection.  I have a pile of newer patterns to try out, so a follow up in the future will definitely be needed… on that note, if you read this and know a pattern I would like, please feel free to leave a comment.  I love a good recommendations (If it isn’t already in the TO DO pile) 

All patterns have been linked, I have put the PDF link where possible, but do search for a paper pattern if you prefer… its just you might want to download it straight away and sew it.

Please not this post has been divided in two, but please be warned its still a long one. x

Part 1:  10 to 6

I have been thinking of this post for a long time, I always say throughout my blog posts that ‘oh it’s one of my top 10 patterns’

But what is that definitive list?

Believe me it was hard to decided just ten, so here they are:

10.  Pauline Alice – Cami Dress

Left and Middle: From Pauline Alice website. 

Right: My version.Check out the Original post here.

This is a very recent addition to the list, but had to be included as it bought my sewing journey full circle .  What I had attempted to draft myself in the early days, I found about 1.5 yrs later in this pattern.  So far I have only made and worn one, but this definitely needs further exploration, and many colours.

9. Made It Patterns – Drop Dress & Top

Pictures from Made It Patterns Website.

This pattern is a bit of an unsung hero of the wardrobe and deserves a place purely for the mileage from one pattern:  I have made many of these in various colours.  Unfortunately, due to them being mainly for my casual round the house wear they don’t lead as glam a life as some of my other hand made pieces.  That’s not to say they are any less important, in fact they do so much more hard work compared to other pieces.  I love this pattern and would also like to include an honorable mention to their other pattern, the GROOVE, which has so much potential with interchanging pieces… including a hood!

My Drop Dress original post is here. If you are curious, the Groove is here.

8. Wear Lemonade – Luisa


Images from Wear Lemonade. Link in title.

Of all the Lemonade patterns I have, I have made the Luisa the most.  With the Luisa I have used it as a base, hacked and shaped it into many other items I love and wear today.  The picture I have shown is the one I love the most and is the Luisa in its purist form.  Of all the smock Dresses I have this one is the most flattering on.


Original Blog post can be seen here.

Bonus points to wear Lemonade for the Video Tutorial (despite me only knowing basic french) which is a great help when making.

7. Ralph Pink – Sahara Shirt


Ralph pink has fast become a favourite of mine, I think it is one of those brands where I feel I want to make ALL they have on offer.  Saying that, my absolute favourite is the Sahara:  It completely embodies everything I love to wear in one garment:  smart, casual and oversized.  I have made a black and a white one and have worn them continuously  for about a year.   You can dress them up, add a belt wear them over stuff.  I will be making more of these soon, hopefully branching out into pattern.  I am just waiting now to find the most perfect fabric to reserve for my favourite garment.

6. Colette Patterns – Moneta

Left:  My favourite Moneta that to date I have made.  See the blog post here. Right:  From Colette Patterns Website.

Moneta has placed quite highly on this list, not just because of the sheer amount I have made, but for how much I have also used it as a base for projects in some way.

It is the ultimate base pattern, and without its help in the beginning of my sewing journey, I may not have experimented as much as I had done without it.

Not to mention how amazing it looks on, all the measurements are perfect.  This is the ultimate basic skater that all Sewers should have in their collection.

Also, a bonus shout out to using about 3 different body types on the site to show how well it suits everyBODY there is.  Thanks guys.


So that is my 10 – 6… Part 2 will be published in a few days and before 2017 ends, so keep an eye out here, and definitely on my Instagram.  If you want to join in with the countdown, feel free to add your own with the #mytop10patterns, I would love to see what you think.


Pattern: Phedra – Ralph Pink

I have raved about Ralph Pink Patterns Before. I tend to live in my oversized shirts from here, and I love my baggy yoga pants too.  But now I also have an amazing tunic top from here too.

Get it HERE

I had to include this picture from the site so you can see all the potential this item has.  I myself ran it up in a white Jersey (see below) This, as suggested in the instructions  should be made from a chiffon or silk for best results.

Here is my Version:

I love this, I love a long/tunic vest and a bubble like bottom is so flattering; and pockets!
I went for a really nice quality, but light, soft knit. I think due to the sheer volume of the pattern with all its shapes it couldn’t be much heavier.
But do a test run/toile first, or as I did in a cheap material (that ended up being the best).

The only issue is, I really struggled with the patterns instructions on this (and from a quick google search in desperation, so did other people) I ended up just going with it and eventually it just emerged as a Phedra. There just seems to be a big disconnection from the instructions to the garment. I don’t want to moan but I honestly think it does not reflect on the finished garment or my love for all the patterns. I just feel indie patterns should be better than that (as most are) Its a basic requirement for a good pattern.

Come summer I will have many of these. I would really like to make a silk one in a similar colour to the version featured on the site, and maybe mix it up with some jersey inserts too.

Made By Me: Ralph Pink – Sahara x2

Ralph Pink are probably my favourite pattern designers. I love ALL their makes, I have a feeling that over time I will end up buying, and making, all their available patterns, and cherishing them forever. So far I have the O-hara, Sahara and Pheadra. I am also dying to get the little blazer, and then possibly further into the future, a corset?
I acquired a beautiful white crisp fabric in a fabric binge at my cheap shop i frequent. I was surprised at the quality for the cost, and glad I grabbed it.

So How Did It Sew?

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Completed: 31st August

The Sahara Shirt itself is super simple, the size of the pieces just fit together without much thinking. Even the collar and faux pocket (the most complicated technically of the whole piece) is quite do-able for even the most inexperience sewer. With a simple cuff, this is a great intro into shirts.

The instructions could be better, these were better than the Pheadra, but for an indie they could be improved. My advice: double check and go with the flow of this make ( i will write about the phedra in another post)

As you can see it is amazing on. I love this top/dress/tunic shirt. I feel that this most represents my style in a single garment. Belted, loose or open, over leggings or tucked in. buttoned to the top or showing a bit of clevage: it is so versatile and easy to wear.

So i made it in black…

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Completed: 9th October

This fabric was not as crisp as the first, but I like its more casual feel, I used my overlocker to finished the edges and straight stitched it. Unfortunately, I only had white thread at the time… its on the inside, no one will see it

I have not yet exhausted this pattern, I would really like to make a denim one, possibly with some studs or applique on it.

Made By Me: O-hara Pants – Ralph Pink

I have mastered tops, dresses and tunics – but have never made anything for my bottom half. This is something I am currently working on and hopefully will, in time, rectify.
But for now the O-hara, from Ralph Pink, are my one pair of me made trousers in a me made wardrobe.

The pattern is beyond simple just a few large cuts of fabric sewn together. What put me off doing this make sooner was the suggestion of getting a ribbed fabric for the waist band and cuffs. I found it hard to find matching rib and fabric in anything I liked, or a material suitable for the make. In realty a good stretch fabric has done the trick and i couldn’t be happier.

So How Did It Sew?

Completed: 27th September

I am glad I chose that fabric as it is also quite light weight and has a bit of movement.
I went over this with my overlocker,  when I finally got it, for extra durability. I would only suggest this make for those with an overlocker, due to the stretch needed on trousers.
The waist band is comfortable and suitable for a plus size belly. I have been mainly wearing these around the house just with a vest and chiffon kimono. Its quite a trendy sports luxe look, even paired with my split toe trainers.

I can’t wait for summer as I will wear these all the time. I may venture into the more hippy/boho festival patterned pants next time!