A few months ago I was all fired up ready to run some beginners dressmaking sessions in town here. I decided to work with some really simple shapes that taught one technique or skill at a time. I started with a short sleeved top based on one I found in a charity shop – literally two pieces of fabric almost identical with side seams, shoulder seams, a patch pocket and bias trim at the neck and sleeve (optional for the sleeves). So: easy cutting out, a little bit of sewing round a curve with some notching, a practice in applying a patch pocket, sewing french seams and using/making bias tape with some hand finishing to the trim. Ahem – more than one skill I guess – maybe we could take it slowly?

I may need to pare things back for beginners… so I still haven’t quite managed to set up those dressmaking sessions, but I am beginning to get carried away with this simple pattern. Here is the first version I made up in a lovely fine organic cotton that I had in my cupboard (it’s from Sam Wheeler Fabrics in Machynlleth).



I have more to show you… but I’m having trouble uploading any more images. I think I may have exceeded my blog limit – so I’ll talk to my computer whizz and get back to you!

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