23 July 2022

An Elizabethan Shirt

For a very long time images of the elizabethan shirt as a pattern or garment have fascinated me. I've always favoured patterns that use every bit of fabric as they speak of a time when textiles were considered to be of great value. A time when your household was judged by the quality of the textiles produced in the home and worn by the family and often sold to generate income.

You'll find all the interesting detail on the website blog:  An Elizabethan Shirt

15 July 2022

Working with my Corset Block

Fashion Corset v Historic Corset

There's a lot of talk around the negative aspects of wearing corsets but be assured that's not the whole story. My experience with corsets is strictly fashion industry and what I share here in the blog and through the product I have listed on the website is all derived from that experience. The articles and papers listed below will help you develop your understanding of the debate around historic corsets if this issue is of interest.

History of Corsets: the first wave of feminism - A reasonable introduction to the debate.
The Kurious Kase of Kim Kardashians Korset - A more thorough and academic investigation of debate around corsets.


Bust supporter & corsets. Copyright The Museum at FIT. Courtesy Google Arts & Culture.

Get all the detail on the website blog.

24 June 2022

First sample - Tucked Tee

If you have a look at this original post you'll see my thinking when I attempted this Pattern Puzzle. It appears so simple as an idea, but when testing the pattern I found it was like many other apparently 'simple' ideas, that is very difficult to achieve.

You'll find the rest of the post detail in the website blog.  First Sample - Tucked Tee

27 May 2022

Wrap Layer Top #2

 It's surprising what you find when you start digging around in old pattern puzzle files.  This second version of the Wrap Layer Top has remained buried for over six years.  The first version can be found here:  Wrap Layer Top #1.


05 February 2022

Pattern Puzzles as PDF downloads.

Having these fabulous Pattern Puzzle designs on the blog with all the pattern making instructions is wonderful.  But sometimes you might just want to try them out when the internet is down or simply not available to you.  Or maybe you don't want to search through hundreds of posts to find what you're looking for.  Either way I've had many requests for these instructions to be available as PDF downloads and I've finally done something about it.   

These documents are PDF copies of the pattern making instructions that come with each of the posts.  THEY ARE NOT SEWING PATTERNS, they are the instructions for you to make your own sewing patterns.  I've put them together in response to your requests and I've made them downloadable for convenience and better access.  In return all I ask for is a small fee to help keep the lights on.

I've started by working on my most popular posts first.  Where I have cut the pattern and made samples there is much more information included and the PDF will cost more.  If you have a favourite pattern puzzle and it's not featured please let me know through the comments section on the post in question and I'll get right to it.

Dior Drape Skirt Pattern Making Instructions