Dressmaking Projects

I love getting stuck in to dressmaking projects.

Some of the projects below have been for customers, but most are just for my own enjoyment.  There’s few things more satisfying than wearing and being complimented on something you’ve made yourself!

Some of these pictures are of simple alterations or repairs such as trousers hem shortening – I am always happy to take on this kind of work.

I particularly love Tilly & The Buttons patterns at the moment.  Excellent colour photographs included in the instructions, rather than dismal black and white line drawings as is the case with other brands!


Mexican Skirt img_0507 Arielle Skirt Seahorse skirtPleated Skirt


Orchid Dress Flamingo Dress Black Dress with Lace OverlayGreen DressYellow Summer DressBespokeDress2BespokeDress1


Waistcoat FrontWaistcoat (Side) Waistcoat Button Waistcoat Back Waiscoat Pocket Striped BlazerFitted Summer Top



Bootcut Jeans Shortened

Shortening bootcut jeans


Gathered Skirt Waistband Alteration

To widen the waist on this skirt I removed the waistband, eased out the gathering slightly and added a new waistband in a contrast fabric


Suit trouser alteration

Suit trousers shortened and hand stitched



I added some pocket detail to these plain jeans


Vintage ReworkVR Header

I altered a 1970 dress by removing the sleeves, some length and adding a peter pan collar

IMG_4361 Jacket Front

Swing Jacket Detail

I bought this jacket in a charity shop and added embroidery, new buttons, a lace trim and back bow!