It is giveaway time at Dresses & Me! I am super happy to announce that soon our shop will be stocking Colette Patterns. Colette really needs no introduction to any indie pattern lover. The are the biggest name in indie patterns – designing feminine, vintage inspired dresses, blouses, trousers, coats, skirts … you name it!

So get excited sewists! Today I’m launching a competition where the prize is – wait for it – Colette’s next pattern*. To enter all you have to do is take a photo of your cat and show me it using the hashtag #catsforcolette – easy right? You can do this on instagram or twitter 😉


The winner will be chosen based on a combination of hilarity and cuteness in their photo. Extra points will be given to photos that have puns in their captions. You can enter as many times as you like using different photos. The winner will be announced on the day the next Colette pattern is released. Colette’s pretty secretive about their release dates so you’ll just have to enter as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!

Don’t have a cat? Don’t worry – you can take a photo of someone else’s cat instead! Stalking the neighbour’s cat is totally not weird and totally worth it to win this prize!

The rules are pretty simple:
1. to enter you must use the hashtag #catsforcolette and post your photo to instgram or twitter (or both!)
2. anyone from anywhere in the world can enter
3. the judges decision is final
4. the winners will be announced via instagram and twitter

Competition begins today!

*I’m not at liberty to say ANYTHING about the pattern. Just take my word for it – you’ll love it!

Finishing with a Serger

When I finished the seams on my merino cardi I simply used a three thread overlocking stitch. This was, admittedly, what the instructions suggested you do. But I thought I’d share how to finish my finishing.


Unravel the tail of your overlocking threads, with a hand needle take the threads back into the seam bringing them out about a centimetre away. Cut the threads at/ close to your fabric. Stretch the fabric out to pull the threads back between the two layers of fabric. Finishing in a neat way was particularly important on the sash ties and hem of the cardigan.

how do you finish your finishing?

Ps – don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win some awesome vintage sewing patterns! Simply like my Facebook page! Easy!


Merino Cardi

I made a cardigan.

It’s McCalls 6408 (combination of view B and D) made from 100% merino knit wool from Global Fabrics. There’s not a huge amount to say on this pattern except that it is super comfortable and I’ll definitely be making it again. I have worn it more than any other item I’ve made, probably because it’s incredibly versatile, comfortable and I think it’s pretty classy too. The truth is that I finished this cardi over a month ago and I’ve worn it (what feels like) every second day!

The only edit I made to this very easy pattern was that I had to take the sleeve width in by about an inch on either edge. These were really kimono width sleeves that kept creeping up my arm – not fulfilling their primary duty of keeping my wrist warm! And yes I am wearing my Lady in Red Dress – DOUBLE ME MADE BONUS!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Two winners will be drawn for these lovely vintage patterns.
Simply like my Facebook page and let me know which pattern you’d like – EASY!

Giveaway Time


I have these two lovely Vintage patterns up for grabs. All you have to do is “like” my Facebook page and comment with your blogger name and which patterns you’d like (otherwise I won’t know who’s who!) The patterns are Maudella 5397 (bust 46″) and McCalls 6944 (bust 36″).

I’ll draw two winners in a weeks time on Sunday 2 June.

Dont forget the Auckland Sewing Blggers Winter Meet Up is happening on Sunday 9 June. Comment with your email address if you’re keen!




WordPress tells me that this week it was my one year anniversary with the blogging world – what an auspicious occasion! To mark this milestone I’m going to tell you one thing that I’m really proud of making and I want to hear from you too! What have you sewn that you’re just bursting with pride over?

Post a link too if you like! It can be anything, big or small! I’ll go first:

Im pleased as punch with my Lady In Red Dress


Affirmations are great, right?

Go on! Get your BRAG ON

Puppy Love, Janome DC2050 Review


It’s official – I’m in love. I bought an amazing new Janome DC2050 in the weekend. She is fantastic. Montana Designs asked me if I could write a review. And I sure can! I’ve copied the format from Pattern Review seeing as they’re the formula on review writing. So here we go:


Approx price: NZ$499 was the actual price

I’ve had this machine for: four days

Recommended: yes I am infatuated

Features: these are all the features listed on the website. She does a stunning 49 different stitches (including buttonholes etc). That means this sewing machine goes backwards and does zigzag stitches too – pretty exciting when you compare it to my grandma’s sewing machine which I had been using until now! You can also sew button holes and shapes like flowers.

What I like about this machine: Everything. It has a function that threads the needle for you, there’s a needle up/ down function (way cooler than it sounds), I never seem to have to do anything with the tension, it’s easy to thread – to name a few. Also, this machine is computerised so it is really easy to use. AND it has this great function where you can moderate the speed at which you sew (using the play, fast forward buttons) for when you need to be precise (again very useful!)

Things i don’t like about this machine: some may call this puppy love but I can’t think of anything I don’t like about my sewing machine. It’s kinda like that Moldy Peaches song Anyone But You.

So now I need a name! Can you help me think of a name for my new machine? I’m thinking – something homely and sweet and old fashioned but sleek too. Got it?! The winner will receive this vintage pattern


Do you have a great name for your sewing machine?

Retro Pattern Giveaway


I will be giving away these three lovely vintage patterns:


Pretty right? All you have to do to be in the draw is like my facebook page and tell me which country your in! Easy!

I’ll be accepting entries from all over the world and entries close on Friday 14th September (NZ time) so get “liking” 🙂