Shirt Dress

Shirt Dress The cold shoulder trend or off shoulder trend is showing no signs of abating. Frankly I love it. Am not shy about my shoulders. Not so keen to flaunt my belly, bum or legs. The inspiration for this shirt dress was from a blog called A Pair and a Spare. Her...

Easy Summer Sundress

Easy Summer Sundress Variations of this easy summer sundress are all over Pinterest. The patterns are more or less the same. You can also look up - Moldes Moda Medida - for free patterns. Might need to translate them though. Here in Cape Town global warming is most...

DIY Ruffle Shoulder Dress

DIY Ruffle Shoulder Dress I love, love, love this diy ruffle shoulder brocade dress. Made an emerald green diy ruffle shoulder dress a few weeks back and love that one just as much. So easy to wear. So easy to make. Get compliments when I wear them. People ask me to...

Ruffle Dress

Ruffle Dress Let me start by saying this ruffle dress is not my pattern. I found it on a blog called Megan Nielsen. She calls it a - ruffle off the shoulder dress. And she has lovely step by step photos so do check out her blog. You need: - the pattern - print from...

DIY Dress

DIY Dress This DIY shift dress pattern is based on my best ever dress pattern. See that pattern - on this link. I love, love that dress and was trying to make it with fewer pattern pieces. This is the last of the curtain fabric that has been upcycled. To see what I...

Spiral Sundress Sewing Pattern

Anthony Kwok spiral sundress I've been wanting to make this dress forever! My mother is great at bagging bargains and books at charity sales. She found the book Creative Dressing by Kaori O'Connor and gave it to me years ago. Creative Dressing has a mix of sewing and...

Easy Shift Dress + FREE Sewing Pattern

FREE shift dress sewing pattern + tutorial This dress is - hands down - the number one visited post on my blog. I get more letters about this dress than any of the others. What pleases me most is hearing that people are happy with their...

Easy Summer Dress + FREE Sewing Pattern

Summer dress tutorial This dress came out particularly well. Amazing how a different fabric can completely change the look of a dress? See the exact same dress pattern in black cotton - on this link. Summer sundress My photos aren't all that. I'm still using an...

DIY Sarong

How to make a beach wrap I mentioned in a previous blog post that a kind friend gave me a big fat bag of fabric a good few months back. My purpose with this blog is primarily to re-use as much as I can. Some of the fabric had marks. She told me her cat used to sleep...

Origami Dress + FREE Sewing Pattern

Folded Neckline Dress The inspiration for this dress came from a black red ombre Diesel shift I saw in a fashion magazine. Origami dress Edun also do a similar dress in a check print. I was wary to try and make my own pattern, but luckily it worked well. The first...

How to make a Tube Dress + FREE Sewing Pattern

Tube dress come maxi skirt tutorial Tube dress I know I always say many of my tutorials are easy. But seriously, this is beyond easy. It requires TWO seams. That's it! The trick with this dress come maxi skirt is in the choice of fabric. I was given a huge bag of...

Easy Shift Dress + FREE Pattern Instructions

How to make a loose shift dress Sew a shift dress in just over an hour It's been hot in Cape Town. And . . . I can't stop eating. I have wanted a shift dress just like this one for a while. You know how life gets in the way. Finally I got around to making one. And you...

Asymmetrical Hemlines

How to cut a hi-lo or asymmetrical hem in a dress or skirt Asymmetrical hem Asymmetrical hems are turning up on dresses, skirts, T-shirts and shirts. They are also called high low skirts, fishtail skirts or mullet skirts. Although these hemlines are typically...

Shift Dress, Necklace and Charm Bracelet

Green fashions Black shift, chain necklace and charm bracelets My model gets a 100% eco score today. Everything she is wearing is home-made. The shift dress goes back to earlier posts. I showed the original H and M dress that was the inspiration and how I cut a...

Easy Summer Dress

Make your own summer dress Following on from the - the last post - here is another version of the easy triangle dress. To re-state what I have probably said a few times in this blog, the variations when you make your own clothes are endless. This dress would make...

DIY Triangle Sun Dress

Sun dress from an old table cloth This triangle shaped sun dress is so easy to make. I will admit I downloaded this particular pattern for free but I wish I hadn't. This download version has four pattern pieces. Hence the seam in the front of this dress in the...

Meet Greenie

My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

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