The Gabrielle dress

Pattern: Gabrielle from Seamwork
Fabric: Stoff og stil (no longer in stock)

The Gabrielle dress is a pattern from Semawork magazine, in the may issue. I subscribe to Seamwork, but I haven’t made up that many of there patterns lately. But I totally fell for the Gabrielle dress.

From Seamwork:

The Gabrielle dress is a modern take on the classic skater dress. It features a tied back yoke with a cut-out that lets just the right amount of your upper back peek through.

The princess seams and flared skirt provide a flattering silhouette. This dress features a slight scoop neckline that is complimented by sweet cap sleeves. The Gabrielle dress is fitted through the bust and waist, while the flared skirt swings loosely throughout the hips.

I made mine in a size M that corresponded with my messsurments, but would size down if I make it again. And I might make it again the bodice and the cut-out back are a nice design on a skater dress.



I would maybe try to make it a sleeveless dress without the capsleevs, because they keep curling up to the dress on the hem.


In this photo I wear the dress with a strapless bra, and I should have made sure the bra was not visible in the pictures. But to be clear you can se the bra straps if you wear a regular bra, but I don’t really care. You can see it with a regular bra in this Instagrampicture of the dress from me-made-may


I did not try to pattern match this fabric, and since it turned out like this I maybe should have. It kind of looks like I tried and failed miserable. So it might be smart to go for a fabric with a little less print.


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Bettinedress in flannel

Pattern: Bettine from Tilly and the buttons
Fabric: Stoff og stil (I can´t find it on their page anymore)

My first make in 2017 is a cozy dress in flannel. The pattern is Bettine from Tilly and the buttons. I have made one before and it is a fun make. Also I am still a bit afraid of the zipper, so this is still a dress in a non stretch fabric I am comfortable making. My goal for 2017 is to stop being afraid of the zippers.


The dress has pockets and a elasticated waist so it is both practical and comfy to wear. I sized up from my previous version to a size 4. That way I can wear it with a long sleeved tee and som wool stockings and wear it all winter. We will most likely have snow until the beginning of april so the dress has to be winter appropriate. I did actually cut this out in december, but I didn´t find the time or joy of putting it together before now.


This pattern is really a great beginner pattern. As I said before, no zippers or buttons. Tillys instructions are easy to follow with good pictures to show you each step of the process. And I alos love that with this version I can show that the choice of fabric makes it a winter dress as much as a summer one. There is also an option to make the dress with out any pockets which makes it even easier.

My dress is totally not pattern matched, but I am just happy I cut it out so the squares are straight.

Also the Dressmaking blogger challenge (#dressmakingbloggerchallenge) for January was keep it cosy. And this is a super cozy make just look at the close up picture of the fabric, this dress is super warm and so good to wear. I added the challenge picture in the end of the post, if you have a blog and want to join a fb-group of sewing bloggers here is a link. Dressmaking blogger network.



Almada robe

Pattern: Almada from Seamwork
Fabric: Stoff & stil

I am easing in to non stretch fabrics with patterns to wear around the home, and where the fit can be a little off. This robe is also from seamwork, as my Astoria post. I loved the pictures of it when it came in the february issue. But I didn´t finnish it before last week. Time and life, got in the way.


I cut out a size small, that corresponds to my measurements. The robe is vide, so it would fit most people. My only problem is that I am only 158 cm, and I find it a tad short. But as I am only wearing it in inside my own house, who cares?


The pattern only have 4 pattern pieces, front – back – cuffs and ties. I removed the seam allowance from the back, and cut it on the fold. That way I did not  need to think of pattern matching. If you make one of the smaller sizes this works out fine.

This was my first time adding bias binding to a garment, and it was quit easy. The construction did not take so much time, but if you only do one seam from time to time, it takes time.. I will definitely say this is a great beginners pattern. All seamworkpatterns I have used is great for a beginner.



The fabric is a cotton sateen from Stoff & stil, which I bought for this pattern. It is soft, and feels great to lounge in. I also thinsk the print looks great with this kind of kimonostyle robe.

One of my favorite things is still that I added a hoop at the top so I can hang it easily in my bathroom.


Do you subscribe to seamwork?
What is your favouritte beginer friendly pattern in a non-stretch fabric?

The Astoria

I have made two very successful versions of the Astoria pullover from Seamwork. I got the pattern before I started to subscribe, and it was the pattern that made me start to subscribe. If you have not heard of semawork before, check them out.


The dust pink one was my second attempt,after a velvet one that I don’t really use. It is made in a ponte de roma fabric from stoff & stil. It is a size small, with no alterations. The length of the sweater is perfect over dresses, and hits my natural waist. After realizing that the pink one was either on me or in the washing machine, I decided that I needed another one.


Meet my black astoria. A simpel make, but one that filled a big gap in my wardrobe. This is also a size small no alterations. I can squees one out of 1 meter of fabric, and it takes me only one hour to sew after cutting now. This one is also in a ponte de roma from stoff and stil. And I see many more in my future. I need to find som mustard yellow ponte, to make a fall version!