Sewing Patterns: Hallelujah vs The Lucky Dip

Imagine dressing in "memade" clothes that make us feel good all day. I don't think that's too much to ask. I love no nonsense Garments that are effortless to wear. It's not asking for much to want garments to do what they are paid to do:

  • flatter
  • provide comfort and support our bodies in our day

..... That's what clothes are for after all.


Certain types of Patterns attract me. I trust them to work for me. A garment that makes sense in my wardrobe. I will try other patterns after some consideration of the pattern line drawings. The quest for a fabulous pattern and fabric combination never ever ends!

Those pattern envelopes are full of promises:

  • I'll fit you
  • You'll look like the model
  • Your Fabric will be safe in this Style
  • The instructions will be easy to understand (Vogue Patterns at least prepares you for the complicated patterns by telling you on the back of the pattern envelope) 
  • You will love sewing this pattern
  • This pattern will be your new go-to
  • You need this garment 
  • It will earn its keep

A girl's got to wear what she feels good in!

Yes we all have different body types and to add to the complexity we have a mixture of other factors to consider as well.

My mixture includes:

  • short waisted/no waist
  • short arms
  • umm short 5'5" 164-5 cms
  • swayback
  • shortish neck
  • and then there's my .... stomach!

My weight fluctuates, not by a lot but enough. A fitted dress I spent months making would slowly find it's way to the back of my wardrobe. It's not that I don't like fitted garments ... it's just I don't enjoy putting on a garment that I want to wear and then find it just doesn't fit "at the moment." I'm not saying we shouldn't keep an eye on our weight, I just don't want to be obsessed by it .... and I want to feel confident and comfortable every single day.

I don't need my day to start with: 

  • feeling fat
  • being too aware of food because then I'm always wanting food
  • feeling flat
  • guilt
  • wasting time finding another outfit

What's your pattern choosing strategy?

Do you play it safe or gamble?

Or a bit of both?

Some of My Hallelujah Patterns are:

The Drop Dress otherwise known as "Man I Feel Like a Woman Dress"


B 6988

 Hold me snug not tight base dresses:  


Vogue 8904



 Pull on pants with a bit of a flare!


Statutory Declaration Jackets that make the right Statements:

    The Grab and Go Dress  


The Grab and Go Dress 


Sewing every Pattern that provides all that it should does not stop a Sewist from stepping into the danger zone ... Sewing styles that demand commitment and bravery. It's an exciting expedition that has no guarantee of success. Money, Precious Time, Good Fabric are all put on the line. Sewing on the edge of your seat are path of the course. Sew it and see ... You only live once after all.


Follow me on Instagram and Subscribe to my blog for more adventures with Fabric Patterns & Life!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Sewing Workout: How to pace yourself for Your Personal Best

How to pick the winning garments to sew for your wardrobe