Women's Clothing

Here are a range of sewing projects for women's clothing contributed by our readers and by us.

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Cloth and Hemp Asymmetrical Skirt

This is a skirt I made some time ago and have just got around to taking some photos. I wear this quite a lot and often get comments on it. It's trans-seasonal and works equally well with long boots as it does with sandals. And it's super-comfy to wear! The Pattern I used the same pattern here as for the Woodblock..
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How to Sew a Scarf: A Super-simple Tutorial

This is a super-easy way to sew a scarf. It makes a scarf that is two metres long so you can tie it however you'd like. Step 1: Choose the right type of fabric You'll need one metre of fabric. Choose a fabric that is light, soft and drapes well, such as cotton lawn, voile, silk, double gauze, muslin, light we..
2013 Nani Iro woodland pocho skirt and jacket

Mustard Woodblock Pocho Skirt

Here is the skirt I whipped up with the Nani IRO Woodblock Pocho in mustard. I used Simplicity 4966 which is an awesome pattern, but alas, it's been discontinued. I don't know why. This is the second skirt I've made with this pattern and I love it. If you're looking for a pattern for an irregular hemmed skirt, I've..
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Nani IRO Kaftan

Here's a sample project made from the Shearwater Kaftan pattern. We've made it up in the Nani IRO Stripe fabric in grey which makes it really soft and gorgeous to wear. I wanted to add a litte bit of detail with some hand stitching around the neck. So instead of using bias to finish the neckline, we mad..
Nani IRO versatile skirt

Nani IRO Versatile Skirt

Yet another Versatile Skirt in a quirky, abstract Nani IRO Fuukei print. The basecloth is a linen/cotton blend. You'd never know it was partly cotton though, it looks like 100% linen and the slightly open weave makes it drape beautifully. It was fun playing around with this print to decide which bits of the prin..
Market skirt

Market Skirt Pattern

Here's a sample of the Market Skirt pattern made up in Amy Butler's Water Bouquet in the Midnight colourway. This is a nice simple pattern with a gentle a-line shape. It's super-easy to make. No zips or waistband. Just elastic casing around the waist. Very comfy! It also makes a great early pregnancy or postnatal..
Echino Birdsong Skirt

Echino Birdsong Versatile Skirt

This truly is a versatile skirt! The Make It Perfect Versatile Skirt is by far our best selling skirt pattern. It's a simple wrap skirt that is super-easy to make: no zips, no buttons, no clips, no hooks and eyes, no fuss. It's great for both summer and winter skirts. We've made this one from the Echino Birds..
Shearwater kaftan in Nani IRO Fuccra

New Shearwater Kaftan Pattern

While we're on the topic of floaty summer tops in Nani IRO florals, I've recently uploaded this fabulous new Make it Perfect Shearwater Kaftan pattern to the shop. I've been waiting for someone to do a nice simple kaftan and Toni from Make it Perfect has come through with the goods! I've made a few kaftans in t..
Summer Fling Nani Iro

Summer Fling

As summer draws to a close, it's not too late for a summer fling! This one is made up in the gorgeous Fucccra Rakuel Floral from the Nani IRO collection. I omitted the trims and sash from the pattern because I didn't think this fabric needed anything else. It looks great with jeans or long khaki shorts. The d..
Kristen Doran Hummingbird skirt

Kristen Doran Hummingbird Fabric

Apparently, a hummingbird's brain makes up 4.2% of its total weight (the largest proportion of any bird). Of course, that would explain why this hummingbird skirt looks so smart! It's made from this Hummingbird fabric by Kristen Doran. Also available in olive and blue (below). Both are printed on a nice versatile c..
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Maria’s Magnificent Jacket

One of our incredibly talented customers, Maria, sent me these photos of an amazing jacket she designed and made using Echino Bird to Hang fabric in gold. I love the shape of the jacket and I particularly love the way she has quilted the fabric following the grey lines in the print. Maria has just finished s..
Echino Leopard skirt

Leopard Skirt

Finally! Another project. A simple A-line skirt made from this Burda pattern using Echino Leopard on Natural fabric with a panel of Panther Mustard at the bottom. This fabric works well in clothing as the linen content makes it drape nicely. It's a particularly good weight for a skirt and irons up nicely. There's ..
Echino Birds skirt

Bird Skirt & New Echino Fabric

I've finally got around to photographing this skirt that I made last year. This Echino bird print was so popular that we reordered it a few times, but unfortunately it's since been discontinued. Stay tuned for the new Echino collection though! We'll be uploading some of this brilliant collection to the web site in..
Purple Baubles top Japanese fabric

Oriental Baubles Top

Here's another little pre-Christmas project that I've just got around to photographing. It's made from Simplicity 3742 and this Oriental Baubles fabric. This fabric sews up beautifully and drapes well. Although it's 100% cotton, it feels like it contains some silk. It would also work well in dresses or skirts (particul..
Joel Dewberry fabric Barcelona skirt

Joel Dewberry in Barcelona

This is the first time I've tried the Barcelona Skirt pattern and I'm very impressed. To be honest, I was a bit dubious at first, as there is no reinforcement around the waist. All of the skirts I've made in the past have had a waist band or yoke of some sort, usually with some interfacing. But it works fine in this ..
Amy Butler Barcelona Skirts

Barcelona Skirt Pattern

If you're looking for a second opinion on how Amy Butler's Barcelona Skirts pattern measures up, pop over to Craft Apple's review. ..