McCall’s 6886 V neck version

IMG_1013This is the second of these lovely simple dresses. This time I did the V neck, the mid length and shortened the sleeve by 1 inch. The fabric is another Art Gallery jersey.


It should have been so easy, but I found the instructions for the overlapped V neck to be impossible! So Google to the rescue and I found a far easier way to get a lovely neat finish.

Fold the neck binding in half and press, cross over and stitch the V inside the seam allowance


Apply a narrow strip of light interfacing to the V to prevent stitching. This is 1cm wide from Guthrie and Ghani. Then add stay stitching to the V and cut down to the stitching which allows the neck to open


The purple pin is in the middle of the cut V lining it up with the seam allowance of the neck band. The cut opens out bunching the fabric as you line up the edges


This is after the stitching is in place


Then turn to the right side and voila! Press it and you have a really nice flat overlapping V shape


I overlocked the inside and added a 2.5×2.5 zig zag stitch


The other lovely thing with this pattern is the option for long sleeves which would be a lovely cold weather make. 😺✂️✂️

Another Style Arc Dimity Woven Top

IMG_0982This cotton lawn from Fabric Godmother is a gorgeous print, but it’s uber fine and crumples badly

IMG_0984Despite that flaw, it is lovely and cool to wear and the creases don’t look as bad on me as they do on Blue, my dressform. You can see in the picture below how fine the fabric is

IMG_0985I even managed my very first buttonholes on this top. No idea how I’ve avoided using a machine for this task – I have hand sewn a few. The instructions and feet always stalled me. They’re a bit crooked, but I am sure I’m the only one that would notice 😺✂️✂️


McCALL’S 6886

IMG_0946This pattern is an incredibly easy make and has so many options that I know I will make several more


This is option A in length D. The fabric is a lovely Art Gallery jersey and I used 1.5m for the size 18. The neck is simply turned back and topstitched and I chose the higher of the two options.

I used my overlocker for the seams and added some 1cm interfacing to the shoulder seam for stability. I attached the sleeves and sewed the sleeve and side seam as one which is a great timesaver. The hems and neckline were also overlocked and then topstitched with a 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag stitch.


The pictures were taken after a day at work so a few minor creases, Digit wanted a back scratch and his dinner!


He got both  😺✂️✂️

Style Arc Dimity Woven Top

IMG_0892My first clothing PDF! And it won’t be the last thanks to a very nifty little map and bright red lines around each page to help you line up the sections

IMG_0763The Dimity top is a free download when you buy another pattern from Style Arc during June, and I loved the look so much I made it straight away in a cotton dobby bought from Guthrie and Ghani


Style Arc describe this as a feminine top with unique tuck details, fashionable stand collar and short sleeve


The collar is interfaced on one side, I used my trusty Frixion pen to mark the 1cm stitch line and used my walking foot as the dobby bumps pushed the standard foot off the sewing line


I used a star shaped snap for the closure at the back of the neck, I may need to add a lightweight press stud to keep the collar straight as the weight of the snap pulls the neck down… sometimes things definitely work better in your head! 🤔

IMG_0885This fabric is very lightweight, I used my pinking shears for the sleeve and shoulder seams and did French seams for the sides. I insert the sleeve before the side seams so it was easy to get a neat internal finish.

IMG_0887Definitely a style that can be worn for work or casual 😃✂️✂️

Style Arc Marilyn dress


I am really pleased with this dress, the fabric is a cotton lawn that I bought last year.

IMG_0750Style Arc’s description; the 3/4 length sleeve with it’s fashionable split opening and closure makes the simple, slightly ‘A’ line ‘V’ neck dress something special. The pattern allows the choice of two different neck drops, traditional, and a little over of you dare.

that makes me a traditional gal then as I opted for the higher neck 😺 The pattern is rated medium difficulty, but is really an advanced beginner pattern.

IMG_0748The sleeves are lined, I opted to use the same fabric, but I have seen some lovely contrasts used on blogs and Instagram. The sleeves have four pieces, 2x front and back. To ensure I didn’t put them in back to front I put tacks in the four back sleeve pieces

IMG_0749I managed to cut one of the sections into thin air! and had to add the section of the tie that was missing.  😳 Luckily when tied it doesn’t show as I managed to pattern match it reasonably well.

IMG_0746 Following advice I added some 1cm interfacing to the neck to prevent stretching, I highly recommend doing this as it prevents the bias stretching out

IMG_0794The top of the sleeve was also strengthened with a little triangle stitching.

IMG_0878The dress is meant to be loose, but I tried it with one of my belts and really like that look too

IMG_0841The back of the dress has a centre seam, it could easily be omitted as the neck is big enough to slip over your head. I used a hand sewn loop instead of the fabric loop in the pattern. I also added topstitching around the neck


IMG_0848Am definitely packing this one for my holiday next week 😃✂️✂️

Style Arc Ethel Designer Top

A photo session before work!

IMG_0729I think I am in love with Style Arc patterns! Third on the trot and I love it

IMG_0734IMG_0741Style Arc describe this top as:

A gorgeous boxy shaped top with angled design lines that gives your wardrobe a new and fashionable look. The wide facings gave this top structure and style. This top has been cleverly structured to cover the top of your arms whilst not losing an of the design elements

IMG_0744The fabric is a lovely Sevenberry seersucker I bought on line from Raystitch. I love the little fish with their tiny fishhook tails



I bought 1.5m. Of this fabric, it’s 110cm wide so less than the 1.7m recommended, but as I cut the front and back sections across rather than along the fabric I managed easily


I finished the edges with my overlocker and used white thread to topstitch the diagonal sections and added another row of stitches close to the neck to hold the facing flat. All of the facings then had a row of topstiching holding them in place in a matching thread


The facings on the sleeve are a bit of a pickle as there aren’t any diagrams on the pattern. The facings are attached and are sewn down to the point where the seam meets the side seam. The side seam is then sewn up to meet that point (fold the facings up and you can see where you need to go)

IMG_0719The bottom bit of the facings are then folded inwards, and are sewn by hand. I added a couple of stitches through the layers to stop the sleeve opening pulling at the seam

IMG_0715Really pleased with my fish placement at the front, worth the time measuring and checkingIMG_0716It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Wiltshire, so off to work in my fishy creation ✂️🐟🐠

Style Arc Daphne Duo Tunic

IMG_0696My second Style Arc pattern and I’m hooked. This pattern is described as;    ‘a tunic pattern that is simple but the interesting hem tucks gives this overlap the new cocoon shape, oversized but flattering’

IMG_0706This is rated as medium, I managed to make it more difficult than needed by sewing darts in the back that had to be unpicked, but it’s relatively straightforward if you read the instructions carefully

IMG_0671The front darts are folded over with a second fold which gives the lovely shape to the front


The back pleats are single layered


The fabric is a bargain remnant I bought in Amsterdam for two Euros 😺 I didn’t have enough fabric to make the bias strips for the neck and hem, so I used some from my stash. This is narrower than the pattern pieces would have been but worked well after some persuasion!

IMG_0675The V neck finally sat flat after a good steam and press with my clapper. I added the extra row of stitches to keep it from rolling.

IMG_0686I made the size 10 rather than the 12 recommended as this does come up large. This made it roomy and drapy without feeling baggy

Will definitely make another one, this took about three hours from start to finish

IMG_0703Percy wanted to join in having watched us taking pics, and he’s too cute to resist.           😃✂️✂️.