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Ready to Sew: Jamie x2

Ready to Sew are one of my favourite pattern companies, including my recent purchase I have Seven of their patterns, and the Jude I have made a ridiculous amount of times.

My latest purchase was with the release of the Jack cardigan.  Oh what a perfect little cardi it is!  I was so happy with my first make that I dug deep into the stash and made a second, which I also equally love.

So How Did It Sew?

First, lets talk about the pattern.  As having a lot of experience with their patterns, this is no different.  It is a perfect pattern for all levels, and a great beginner (the Jamie itself it classed as Advanced Beginner)  The Layout and Diagrams in the Instructions are close to perfection by sewing standards.  They are so simple and easy.

What I love about Ready to Sew Items is that they are fashionable and timeless.  I make them the most because they just slot into my everyday wardrobe so easily.  And the Jamie is no exception.  It just adds something to my wardrobe, since the arms are slightly puffy at the cuff I get a more Bomber/sports jacket feel to it, other than just a cardigan.

I choose to use an old Scuba with a grey pattern, and a black and white geometric grid pattern.

The Grey Version:

This fabric was from my cheap shop and it is a Jersey scuba.  It is very thick and perfect for a more heavyweight cardigan such as this.  The pattern placement was key with this piece and I even pattern matched the pockets.

The Geometric Version:

This has a slight beige tone to the fabric, and came from an ebay haul I did way back when I didn’t know much about fabrics.  Turns out it is perfect for a Jamie, and has a nice stiffness to it that gives the cardigan some shape.

Overall I think I have finally found a go to Cardigan Pattern.  I would also like to hack it and maybe bring it down over the bum and to the thigh area, but after two in such a short time I will leave that for future me.


Top 10 Patterns – Part 2: 5 – 1

*Continued from part one… If you haven’t read that yet, please check that out here*

5. Megan Nielson – Sudley Dress

I love how when you get a pattern that you know you are going to love and do.  That’s exactly what happened with the Sudley – it was love at first sight.  It’s very much my casual chuck on dress style, I have made this in both heavy red velvet and a soft chiffon fabric, and both give completely different looks.  But one of the reasons it has placed so high is that it is such a current and fashionable pattern.  Something similar will always grace the shelves of the High street shops, but instead of buying into that throw away fashion, I can simply find a fabric I will love and make one from that,  The ones I have made and wear a lot always get compliments, yet its such a simple design.

Also a massive plus it that you can wear it either way, with the tie at the front or the back… perfect for messy me who will definitely drip something down me whilst I am out, so I can just turn it around and hide any stain!!

I have also tried the Darling (blog to follow soon) and I have the Karri ready to go, both from Megan Neilson, so check them out.

4. Sewliberated – School House Tunic

This was one of the first independent patterns I bought, also one of the first PDFs I printed out and made, and I have had a deep love for it ever since.

I was completely sold by this striped version (see pic) I just love everything about this casual look.  Sew liberated themselves have this great earthy, casual vibe.  Where everything thing can be dressed with a chunky knitted cardi, tights and boots in Autumn or made in light feminine lace or florals for the summer.  My favourite I have made so far, is the dark flower stretch denim.  The Tunic length on this is perfect for me as a Dress, (especially since I have short legs) and I am always thinking up ways to try and Hack the front and make it different (I am yet to try rivets and ribbon)

3. Closet Case Patterns –  Kalle Shirt Dress

A recent but a fast favourite.  Its just perfect.  I love all the different options it comes with, the length and collars.  The fit is amazing.  I have made two short sleeve ones, one of which was a present.  And now with the recent release of a sleeve, I am in my element.  I made a black and white version straight away.  This originally was placed lower, but after the sleeve hack came into my life, it went up the list.  Keep an eye out for my future blog post on this one.

2. Ready to Sew –  Jude

The Jude is again another casual that have revolutionised my everyday wardrobe.  I have a small group of these in basic colours that I wear all the time.  I also made one with a silk fabric that I have worn for more special occasions.  This placed so high, purely because the amount I have and the amount I wear them.  Its such a simple yet effective pattern and I would like to hack it to a full sleeve version as we all know I am a full sleeve fiend!

Ready to Sew also get an honorable mention of  the Janis and Jolene, both of which I love (but still only made a few of)

1. Named Clothing – Inari

So my number one is one pattern that rises above the others… Named clothings the Inari.

All Images from Named Clothing Website.

Could it really have been anything else?   How many times have I made this pattern, in many different versions?  And I still want to make more!  I just love it, everthing from the fit to the simple construction,  yet the seams and the rolls sleeves just make it so stylish and current.  From the many of these, my favourite so far is the white one, the structured material is amazing.  But I have several Jersey versions that I live in as part of my everyday wardrobe.


So that is my top 10, is yours similar?  Do you agree?  Do you have any suggestions that you think I might like?

I am going to use the tag #toptensewingpatterns for you to add your own to the debate.

Leave a comment.

And Have Happy New Year from Frock & Sew.  As 2017 comes to an end I hope 2018 brings you all the fabric and patterns and sewing time you could wish for!  

x X x

Best Basics: the 2 judes

I love my Jude, I have worn it so much that the grey Jersey has started to bobble slightly.  I decided it is time for more Judes… as many as possible!  But a good start would be making a black and white version.

The white fabric is very thin in prep for summer.  The black is slightly heavier, but I feel it can transition into Autumn too.

I love sewing a Jude, although I do have to use both my machines to make them ( I refuse to hand gather as a machine is much neater and even)

So How Did They Sew?

With the white I went for an open bottom, purely to vary them slightly, although I do prefer a gathered band bottom.  It’s made from the white Jersey I have bought in bulk, it’s slightly thin but its perfect for summer.  I may have to revisit the hem as it went a bit crazy.  This may be because its my first official Jude without a base band.

The black, due to the give, needed to be taken in at the base slightly.

Both use the blind serger technique on the cuffs which is an absolute must if you love jersey, its just beyond simple.  Just a fold and a press, then if you want you can sew a neat line to hold it in place.  Check it out if you are not already familiar with it.

Pattern: Jolene – Ready to Sew

Well, What a flood of great patterns I have seen on Instagram of late.  It seems the moment I go on an official pattern ban is the exact same time everyone releases new patterns.

One of these was the absolute Divine Jolene from Ready to sew.

Now, these guys already make one of my favourite sewing patterns:  The Jude (Its definitely in the top 5 fave patterns of all time).  In total I have made four Judes, one I have worn to death, one was experimental faux leather, the other two are Black and white basics I am yet to blog about.

I felt an affinity with the Jolene as soon as I saw it.  For someone with large breasts, the ruching on the side paired with the flat of the front looked like it could help tone down this area on me.

I had a beautiful light woven fabric in red in the stash.  This particular one was a reject from the bulk buy of fabrics I bought for costumes.  So its not a colour I am used to, or ordinarily would go for. But In attempts of stash busting it pushes me out of my comfort zone.  Plus it being £1.10 a metre meant that even if I didn’t love it, at least it was a wearable Toile.

So How Did It Sew?

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Date Completed: 5th April

Omg, I love this pattern!  I loved sewing it, I loved piecing it all together.  I am just so in love with it on too!

The instructions (as with all ready to sews) are amazing:  Simple and well explained, I love the little drawings/diagrams… and a recommended playlist is always a must.

The fit is perfect for me as a plus size.  I was so worried that the size I went for wouldn’t fit but I am glad I didn’t over size my garment as I usually do.  It is slightly snug on the waist band, but it doesn’t notice with the grouped buttons.

Overall, I love this dress, I have already found some left over fabric from my shirt dress to make a lone sleeve short version.  I feel I need a good basic shirt in my wardrobe to layer up with, and this is perfect.


Made By Me – Ready to Sew – Jude

A few things sold me on the Jude by Ready to Sew:

  1.  This black bleached version on their sitejude-bleach
  2. This leather-look version, also on their sitejude-leather
  3. And just how they style it in general (trainers!)jude-trainers

This is now my favourite pattern.  I just love it.  The way they style it really shows off its full potential as a wardrobe staple, often overlooked in what is considered more ‘simple’ makes.  But this is by far just a basic, it can definitely hold its own as a dressed up piece.  The ruched sleeves are a brilliant understated feature, that really adds to the overall look.  I love it so much I ended up making two versions – one after the other!

So how did it sew?…

V.1:  To start with I went for a shiny fabric I bought for £1.20 per metre at my little place in Watney Market, and it is only the price that is cheap, not the fabric.


Unfortunately, although it looks great, the material is very stiff and has no give, which is okay, apart from the longer sleeve version ends up tight.  same with the band on the bottom, at the moment it is a bit of a wiggle to get into (but once its on, its fine!)

But the Shiny fabric really adds to the piece.  This is definitely a more formal version, and I can’t wait to wear it over Christmas.  One thing I would change is the finish.  Even after the pinking sheers on the seams, it still frayed.  I had  just completed this just before the over locker arrived.

Version. 2:

Using jersey, again from the same cheap place, I went for a more casual knit version:

This is truly amazing, I literally slip it on over leggings and I am good to go.  The only issue with this is that i may have to go back and bind the neck line as the material keeps rolling up.  Even with a top stitch, it is a material issue, but i do think that most makes I do benefit from neck binding.

I can’t wait to make more of these, i have a faux leather I might try in the short sleeved and flared at the bottom.

If you haven’t already tried Ready to sew, check them out here.  They are ridiculously cheap too.  I will definitely be getting more, if not all, their patterns.