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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"


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 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.


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How to pick the winning garments to sew for your wardrobe

Imagine you're the captain and you're choosing your team....

There are all the hopefuls ... all lined up ...

Pick Me! Pick Me!


Think of how you would choose your winning team:

  • Fastest runner - get the ball to the goalpost ... Fastest make
  • Good looking.. if you need to market yourself looks are important ... Take a photo and see what others see
  • Muscle = energy... Is your fabric up to the job? ... Fabric with body means it will be able to withstand the pressure. Great Fabric looks better than good
  • Appearances matter. If the player looks like he knows what to do, he probably does. Look for Patterns that exude a classy look
  • Confidence if you want to look a certain way choose Patterns that assist this quest. Have a good look at the lines and research Google to see how this garment looks on people who are of a similar body shape to you
  • Is the player energetic & can the Fabric "Move like Jagger?" Is your Fabric able to handle your movement and action



Pick Me! Pick Me! Is the fabric really calling your name or is it calling someone else's name?


How to identify the Fabric that does call your name:

  • You touch it and you linger
  • If you think that could come in handy some day ... or you "Get it just in case"... Beware don't waste your money, storage or time ...Just don't get it! This Fabric isn't for you

Ok so if you discover some of these Fabrics in your stash then don't feel bad. All is not lost. You can recognize the feeling and the Fabric you don't want. Hopefully you won't repeat this type of fabric purchase again. Learning does cost time and money but what you have learnt is invaluable.


Move the Fabric on and feel the lightness instead of heaviness of heart.

Moving it on is a good activity to do, as it frees up your creativity and may even get you back in the saddle ... sewing some great wardrobe pieces you will love to actually wear.

Your team could make it to the Grand final!

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When you take your best team out onto the field.... the crowd Will cheer. 

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