Visby Henley

The Visby Henley from Itch to stitch

The Visby Henley & Top will become your favorite wardrobe staple. Wear this long sleeve pullover by itself on  a warm day, or as a base layer underneath a snuggly sweater on a cool night. The Visby comes as a classic henley, but you also have the option to add a hood or skip the buttoned placket altogether. You also have the choice to add a bottom band!

This was my first time making a placket so I did find it a bit tricky but it turned out well. I like the idea of a hood so I will have ti give this a try for a new winter hoodie.



Spellbound Hack

I was stoked  to be part of the testing team for the Spellbound Hack by Pattern Emporium. I am a huge fan of the Spellbound. It is an easy sew and it’s the type of dress that is flattering on all body types. This is possible because if the way the pattern is designed. Kate has included a bodice adjustment in the design allowing the bodice to be shortened and the skirt part of the dress to be lifted – meaning that the dress now flows and doesn’t get stuck on any problematic tummy areas. 🙂



Whilst in the original Spellbound the bodice and skirt  are continuous with no horizontal seam at the waist,  the  hack has separate skirt and bodice pieces.  Although this modification affects the shape of the dress slightly, the two dresses have essentially the same silhouette. The hack gives it a different look and the beauty of the hacked version is that it’s compatible with colour blocking – meaning that you can use those smaller pieces of fabric that you have in your stash…yay!!

The Spellbound Hack requires that the bodice and skirt pieces be reshaped at the waist where they will join. Don’t worry it’s surprisingly easy to do and  as usual the instructions are clearly layed out and easy to follow. Kate also includes instructions on how to modify an existing Spellbound ! This is what I actually did with one of my creations. Oh and the hack also works with the Wanderlust if you wanted a sleeved version…I also created one of these. Winning!! So lets take a look at hat I came up with.

With my first hack  I modified an existing Spellbound that I’d made which needed a bodice adjustment. It was a size 8 with flutter sleeves.

I had some fabric left over that I couldn’t bear to throw out so I did an extra hack of my own and made a sash.


Next I made a Wanderlust version in which I conducted a bodice adjustment. You can see that the skirt sits a bit higher on this one. Holy Spots!! Thanks I like how it turned out.

This sleeved Wanderlust version is so comfy and summery looking
I couldn’t resist adding a sash to this one either!

Finally I wanted to try my hand at colour blocking and made a sleeveless Spellbound. I love loud colours and I can generally get away with wearing them. These reds went together superbly. I did have a couple of goes at getting it right though. I initially tried the short sleeved version of the Wanderlust(same as the spotty one) and I didn’t like the combination at all. The closed in sleeves seemed to make me look very boxy and short in the bodice. In an attempt to save the bodice I toyed with skirt and bodice length but finally decided that it needed more skin! So I cut another Spellbound sleeveless bodice and hacked that. I’m glad that I did. Although the solid red is a great match for the skirt it was a crepe stretch fabric and seems to be pulling a little around the side seam in this pose. I would try and use another fabric in future that was more similar to the skirt.


So with the Spellbound and Wanderlust and this hack you have everything you need for your summer wardrobe. So many sleeve, skirt length and neckline options, and as you can see form my post different fabrics create totally different looks.  As always the patterns by Pattern Emporium are extremely well drafted and have very extensive and easy to follow instruction. Go check them out.

Happy sewing….Karen

Songbird Kimono

The Songbird Kimono from Pattern Emporium




The Songbird Kimono and Cardi is a garment that will carry you through all seasons. Because it is suitable for a wide range of fabrics you can choose a flowy rayon for summer and a heavier, warmer fabric for the colder months. It is truly a trans-seasonal garment that will have you looking easy breezy chic through the warmer months and stylishly cosy in the cooler months. There are a number of different styles available from cropped to longline or a length in between, with sleeve styling options too.

Like all of Kate’s patterns The Songbird Kimono is expertly drafted and thoroughly tested on women of all shapes and sizes so the fit is excellent, the instructions are top notch and to top it off it is a quick and easy garment to sew.  A versatile pattern that I would recommend



The following information has been taken from is taken from the Pattern Emporium Website


  • 4 Lengths – cropped, cover-up (fingertip level), knee length & long line.
  • 3 Sleeve Styles – semi flared, flared & tapered (plus sleeveless)
  • 3 Sleeve Lengths – long, 3/4 & 1/2.
  • Slight shaping in a subtle A-line silhouette
  • Easy fit (size up for a gorgeously roomy fit)
  • Sew in woven or knit fabrics
  • Perfect for rayon & other drapey fabrics


  • 12021E4D-58A4-4A9D-89CD-34AA2C670EA8EDAB70A9-6988-485D-9E2A-17B17F152A35C4841159-6E85-4817-908D-7AD90880E708Learnt to stabilise the shoulders for knits
  • For beginners: a page just for you, outlining how to add a sleeve
  • Go sleeveless – woven & knit finish instructions
  • Add pockets
  • Add a drawstring
  • Easily shorten/lengthed kimono &/or sleeves
  • And of course, our fantastically support Facebook Group is available to share &/or get help with your PE projects.



Click here to see the line drawings  on the PE webpage(PDF file)


SIZE RANGE: 6-24 (Australian Size 6 = approximately US Size 2)



Penny Classic Leggings

Who doesn’t like a great easy to sew leggings pattern. The Penny leggings  by Sinclair Patterns are a quick and easy sew and I really liked the fit of these

Fitted classic leggings offered in below the knee (cropped) and full length, with classic or comfort (wide) waistband. Offer great comfort as they don’t have very tight fit. Can be paired almost with anything, perfect for layering. Designed to be made from knit fabric with at least two way 50% stretch. Perfect for Cotton Lycra and Athletic knits.





Tao Semi Fitted Classic Raglan T-Shirt For Men

It was great to be able to sew this Tao raglan t-shirt for my man He just loves the fit of this shirt. Another great design by Oxana at Sinclair Patterns.



  • long and short sleeve options and two lengths – to wear it out or tuck it in.
  • Perfect as a layering solution.
  • Can be made as a casual or a sport t-shirt.
  • classic semi-fitted crew neck


The Pattern may be found here. A great pattern for the man in your life.

Lily Classic Cami Woven Top

The Lily  classic camisole  by Sinclair Patterns is a staple that adds  versatility and style to your wardrobe

eaturing: Classic cami top for woven fabrics  that can easily be worn to any casual or formal setting. A staple in your wardrobe for any season. Offered in classic and fashion variations. Very beginner friendly sewing project with a professionally finished garment. Comes with a detailed tutorial with step by step instructions and photos.


You can find the Lily here. I know you will like her

BOO Dolman Dress and Top

Since becoming a teenager Flossy’s taste in clothes have changed, so I have quite been challenged sewing for her lately. The BOO Dolman Dress and Top by BOO Designs have solved a lot of my problems 👍

Designer:               BOO Designs
Pattern:                  Dolman Top and Dress
Size Range:            0-14
Size Made:             12
Difficulty Level:    Confident beginner
Tutorial:                 Excellent lots of clear instructions and diagrams.
Fit:                           Perfect

This one has a tie waist and is made from lightweight jersey. It’s perfect and she loves it.

I shortened the white stripes dress so it’s a tad shorter than Kaftan length. Next time I would contemplate altering the position of the position of the belt loops by raising them because Flossy has a short torso and long legs.

Pattern Options:       This pattern comes with heaps of options as you can see below so it’s great value.

I thought I’d show you how nicely the Dolman crop top pairs with the shorts made from the BOO Phoenix Pants pattern which I tested for BOO Designs previously. I’d also forgotten how versatile this pattern is!

Here’s Flossy in a V neck version (which I’m super proud of) with a wrapped binding method for the arms and neck.
Although this one is a crop length I hacked the shirt bottom onto it to give it a bit more shape. The pattern is so versatile.😍

The next top that I made was the crop length which I have styled longer pants version of the BOO Phoenix Pants pattern. This was my second ever attempt at sewing a Vneck. Although I love how they look the way they are constructed intimidated me, but I just followed the tutorial and Voila!❤️ I will definitely be doing more Vnecks after this masterpiece.

This one is made from super soft jersey, has a round neck and was made using the banded binding technique .

I also made another version of the dress

This was made from a drapey cotton jersey. The binding is wrapped on this one too.


I love this pattern and would definitely recommend it. The good news for me is that I fit into a girls 14 so I can use it too.


The Stella

I’m beginning to like wovens. They add so much more variety to my sewing and I can pick up some great fabric at reasonable prices too.

The Stella Top is the latest release by Sinclair Patterns is designed for woven fabrics. It is  designed to be fitted at the shoulders and upper bust and very loose fitted at the waist and hips, i made  a US2 petite in rayon and as with all Oxana’s patterns, it fits me beautifully.

The rayon made this top so swishy an flowy!❤️


As you can see The Stella offers the ultimate flowing cut making it very comfortable to wear and easy to move around in.


The asymmetrical design makes this top elegant and cool to wear. This one is made using rayon which is the perfect fabric for a hot summer. You could also make it using a darker colour and it would become a perfect night out top. Mix and match colors for the front panels and the back to get your own unique look.



This top was easy enough to make. I did struggle with the binding mainly because I am new to working with woven fabric and also because rayon was tricky to work with. It warps a little so it is sometimes hard to line up. The next one will be much easier.


I stepped out of my comfort zone when I made Stella and I’m so glad that I did. As always the pattern was easy to assemble and sewed up perfectly.

A great pattern.❤️

As always ….Happy sewing….Karen


Bianca Bolero

Please say Hi to Bianca, the latest release by Sinclair Patterns.

This gorgeous waist length bolero is fitted at the bust and can be made with either 3/4 sleeves finished with cuffs, or hemmed long sleeves.i went for a more classic look long sleeved version with a hem

It looks so stylish with this dress and is not bulky to wear.

I made a US2 petite and it fits me beautifully and as usual the drafting was spot on. It also comes in sizes: XS-XXL (US00-US22) in REGULAR, PETITE and TALL.

I love it because it’s light and not bulky to wear.

I styled it with a dress but it is a versatile pattern that would work with any outfit provided you choose the right colours. It has the option to colour block but I prefer plain most of the time. It can easily be dressed  up or dress down and is perfect for all occasions and all seasons.

I was worried that it would be too short but I like how It sits just is the right spot.

The Bianca is beginner friendly and is a quick and easy garment to sew.  The only place I stuffed up was sewing around the neckband, so just make sure you sew around the section that isn’t marked with dots. Follow the diagrams carefully and heed my warning and you’ll be fine.

Ican’t wait to make more of these boleros to go with my growing wardrobe of mw-made clothing.


Bianca may be found here as always…happy sewing