The Berkley Dress named after my little model here is the perfect for the cooler months. Wear it long sleeved, with tights or on its own. It has fake pockets to add a bit of interest. Be sure to sew down the corners though because they are bound to rest their hands in them!
I used a beautiful linen fabric which I purchased from Calico & Ivy in Mosman Park. They have a variety of linens including french linen and crushed linens in classic colours. You can pretty much use any fabric for this dress. Why not introduce a feature fabric for the pocket or add a Liberty binding around the neckline. I made my own bias binding with the left over fabric.
The Berkley Dress comes in sizes 2 through to a girls size 14 .
Size 2 & 3 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.4m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1 metre
Size 4 & 6 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.6m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1.3m
Size 8 & 10 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.8m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1.8m
Size 12 & 14 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 2.4m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 2.10m
There should be enough left over to make your own bias binding, otherwise 1 metre of purchased binding would be plenty for the neckline.
This dress is the cutest! It includes many skills for the beginner sewer…invisible zipper, gathering, top stitching and make your own bias binding. Admittedly not for the absolute beginner but after a few lessons a perfect dress for you to master.
As this dress has a zipper it means you really need a perfect fit. Please bring a chest measurement with you so we can choose the best size.
18cm invisible zipper required for all sizes
Size 1-18 months
Fabric – 1 metre and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Fabric – 1.10 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Fabric – 1.2 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Fabric – 1.3 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Fabric – 1.4 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Fabric – 1.5 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding
Back by popular demand as the last pattern went walking…this is the perfect skirt for any size. Everyone of my students who have made this skirt absolutely love it.
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER PROJECT
Im so sorry I do not have any pictures of this skirt!
It is A-Line, so is extremely flattering. It has a couple of darts in the back. This skirt is best made in a cotton fabric and then lined in a cotton fabric as well. It is secured with a button and a hook and eye.
Available to make in a Size 10, 12, 14 & 16 if you need smaller or bigger we can easily make it.
Size 10, 12 & 14
1 button & 1 hook & eye
Finished Length is 46cm (above knee). If you want to add length so it comes to the knee, add an extra 30cm of fabric and 30cm of lining.
1 button and 1 hook & eye
Finished Length is 55.5cm (to the knee). If you want to add length so it comes to mid calf, add an extra 50cm of fabric and 50cm of lining.
Due to the popularity of the girls Peplum Top I have made an adults one too!
This is a loose fitting type of top, you can go down a size if you like, however as stretchy fabrics are not recommended it means you may need to squish yourself like a sardine to get it on!
Sizes Small, Medium and Large you will need 1.2m of fabric. If you would like it longer, just add extra fabric, at least an extra 40cm should be fine.
You will also need some bias binding to trim the edges or alternatively you can cut some facings from your left over fabric.
This top is so very cute and so very fashionable at the moment!
For the BEGINNER SEWER, this top includes attaching bias binding and gathering skills.
Size 2, 3, 4 & 6 50cm
Size 8 60cm
Size 10 80cm
You will also need some bias binding 12mm wide, you can find it in a packet of 5m. Also think about what you would like to tie the shoulder with, I use bias binding folded and sewn in half. You can close the shoulder up if you prefer.
I made this skirt a few months ago now. The Twirly Skirt is made up of 8 panels…4 for the top skirt and 4 for the under skirt. I used a fine cord for the top skirt and my scraps were used for the underskirt. You can use whatever fabrics you have for this skirt…choose just two if you wish.
You will also need fabric to make the ruffle, 40cm should be plenty otherwise use your scraps and piece them together if necessary. Also not forgetting some elastic…I used 12mm wide elastic.
I found an iron on badge I had bought from Etsy, although I always sew them on. A scrap of ribbon was laying around so that was sewn in too!
Here are the fabric requirements!
Size 2, 3 and 4
Top Skirt 50cm
Size 5 and 6
Top Skirt 60cm
Size 7 and 8
Top Skirt 70cm
Cute fabric plus a best friends birthday party equals a new party dress. My inspiration came from one of my students who made a similar dress from a commercial pattern, for her daughter Elle…I honestly don’t think there is one pattern out there that I follow step by step. My students will agree that they often hear me say, when reading through the instructions, “I don’t know why they would do it like that?”. I know they are experts but most of the time I think their instructions should be so much easier, especially for you beginner sewers.
Thankfully I can make up my own patterns and this one was simple to do. I wanted to include a zipper in this dress, I love an invisible zip. Never mind tacking it in or ironing it out…come to Miss Mary Sewing Classes and I’ll teach you the easy way. Just on the weekend I had two of my new students insert invisible zippers into a skirt and a cushion cover and they did a brilliant job!
I also made the piping. Here in Perth it is really hard to find nice piping so I always encourage my students to make their own. Whilst it may take a little longer, you are able to get the perfect match for the the outfit (or cushion).
I haven’t quite finished making all the sizes in the range so please email me well before your class so I can make sure it is done. If you are shopping for fabric now you can purchase 1.5m, you will also need a 20cm invisible zipper.