Thursday 28 November 2013

Sew Desirable

As always seems to happen, the moment I have to be super frugal and think about others, with Christmas around the corner, all I can think about is spending money and my own selfish desires. I have not been helped by the fact pattern companies large and small have been releasing the most fabulous patterns, with a wonderful vintage style lately. So my remedy is to share them here, to hopefully cool my ardour and in turn save my pocket.

First up is Burda Style there have been some lovely patterns recently and the fact that you can download them in an instant is wonderful, but oh so very tempting!

These high-waisted wide leg pants have a lovely vintage look. This is a slimming cut that gives you an hourglass silhouette with a tucked in shirt. Vertical pleats give swingy wool crêpe a little structure. The blouson jacket is a classic style that looks gorgeous in leather. This functional jacket has effortless luxury thanks to soft nappa leather. Try the shape in faux leather if you like!

Just look at this flying jacket and amazing wide leg trousers, from part of their new Aviator Collection. For me this is an outfit that dreams are made of to look like a cross between Indiana Jones and Amelia Earheart, I mean what's not to love! Fear of flying be dammed!

Update a classic silky blouse with pleated breast pockets. This is a great silhouette for fabrics with some drape. Tuck it into a 1940s inspired skirt for a modern touch. A well-fitting A-line skirt is just as feminine as a tight pencil silhouette. This style has a nipped in waist that you can belt to show off your waist. Get a sharp look with a crisp white blouse, heeled Oxfords, and a military canvas belt.

 And just think how much more awesome this outfit would be if this crisp white blouse was under that jacket!


Crêpe de chine turns a classic trenchcoat design into a special evening layer. This piece makes an elegant finish to fall outfits. Slip a silk scarf in a coordinating print around your neck for an elegant touch.

Now I made great claims last year about making a winter coat, so far I have made the Gertie coat but it's in need of some serious alterations before it's fit for public viewing, but that doesn't stop me dreaming about making a stunning 1940s style trench coat, now does it!!


Get a retro 1940s feeling in these high waisted wide leg pants. This menswear style looks pretty paired with a feminine, fitted top. Go with a high-heeled loafer or spectator to amp up the vintage charm.

If I had spotted this pattern before starting my Fall for Victory Lightfileds Slacks then I would have saved myself a fair bit re-drafting, as being wide legged, high waisted, pleated at the front aaaand having side pockets, it is exactly what I was after!

Attend a garden party or high tea in this beautiful vintage-inspired dress. Plenty of tucks, gathers, and ruffles give ladylike charm to this lovely design. Pair it with lace-up boots for a Gibson Girl vibe, or make it modern with pumps and a cardigan

This dress is so 30s, I just love it, I think it would look even better in a block colour so that you can fully appreciate those pleated panels.


This feminine shirt has sewn-on bands and a charming bow. It will pair perfectly with a nice pair of pants or a skirt! The full skirt is ideal for a day out! It has side pleats, a deep centre inverted pleat, and a unique waistband.

This is so classic an outfit it's just perfect. It has the style of Ulyana Sergeenko to it, with the long full high waisted skirt, coupled with a simple crepe top, it's delicious!


My next lot of pattern lust goes to By Hand London a fabulous little independent pattern company, I love the attention to detail they include in the pattern descriptions.

An effortless dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.

I have seen so many beautiful versions of this dress all over the blog-o-sphere that I can't wait to make my own, it's so simple and so elegant with a wonderful 40s style, perhaps without such a high slit!

The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a panelled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!

I love this simple because it's the perfect little black dress, and could be so easily worn for work or for a party, and we could all do with a dress like that!


Next, we have a pattern from another indie designer, this time, Blue Ginger Doll, an Australian based pattern company, with a small but utterly pretty range of classic patterns.

Mae is a romantic 1940s inspired blouse. Featuring a flattering scalloped front neckline design, kimono sleeves and fitted front and back waist darts for a flattering feminine figure. 

Mae has to be my favourite of the bunch, it's got them most gorgeous scalloped neckline and flattering Kimono sleeves, which would easily make it a wardrobe favourite.


And last but not least, there is the new 1950s style Gertie Pattern for Butterick!

There is nothing to say about this other than, I love it!!

Wendy x


  1. OMG I love everything! Especially the wide legged trousers, I'm a sucker for them, altho I have a bit of a crush on that little black dress now... :)

  2. So many pretty things.....I must tackle that sewing course one of these days!! Love the gather and tuck so pretty. It is always near Christmas that purse strings seems to need tightening...I am just as bad! Hope you have been well my dear and having a fabulous weekend!
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  3. Oh wow! the gather and tuck dress is simply divine!! thanks for bringing this to my attention