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...

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...

Kaftan from an Old Tablecloth

Made a kaftan from a table cloth No tutorial  here. Am showing some recycling I did. This shift is made from the Vogue Easy pattern shown yesterday. The fabric is, well was, a tablecloth that got stained. The nice thing about these easy shift dress patterns is...

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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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