The Best Bridgette Dress

Hello lovely sewists! As you all know there is a great competition on over at the Monthly Stitch celebrating Indie Pattern Month (which, yes, does deserve capital letters) and that I am guest judging on. Each week of this month there is a themed competition – this week was ‘dresses’ next week is ‘new to me‘. So any pattern, brand, design that you haven’t previously sewn before. Of course the prizes are awesome too, click that link to find out about them :-).


So back to dresses! If I was to enter the Monthly Stitch’s competition – which would present quite a big conflict of interest – I would enter this dress. The Bridgette by Simple Sews.


This is such a simple dress to put together and best of all it’s free! Who doesn’t love free stuff? I have to say I didn’t 100% follow the instructions… or really at all. I noticed that Claire, Simple Sews’ designer, suggests attaching the sleeve at the shoulder and the stitching one very long seam all the way from the hem of the skirt to the hem of the sleeve. I was delighted. I kinda hate doing inset sleeves as I struggle to get the gathers at the shoulder even and think this is a MUCH easier way of doing things (does anyone know if it has a different effect?)


The only alteration I made to this pattern was to insert an exposed zipper instead of an invisible one. I am a massive fan on invisible zippers an believe they are much easier to put in than a centred zipper but I didn’t have any in the house. So I used PatternRunway’s tutorial for inserting an exposed zipper which was super easy to follow. I am very pleased with how it turned out *chuffed*


When I make this dress again – yes I will – I will change the bust darts around so that they finish about 3cm earlier and go up a size. I think I underestimated on the sizing and it’s a tad tighter than I’d like. However, on the whole I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m never really going to be the sort of person who makes a muslin so all in all this is a good result!

So – will you be entering the next round of Indie Pattern Month competitions?

The Next Big Name in Indie Patterns

Yay! It’s June and that means it’s Indie Pattern Month and I can finally tell you about Project Indie.


Dresses & Me in collaboration with the Monthly Stitch is excited to announce the launch of Project Indie – a competition to find the next big name in indie patterns. And the prize? Our expertise and encouragement to help you succeed and the winning pattern will we sold in Dresses & Me pattern store.

So what are we really looking for?
Ultimately, a designer who is orginal, creative and has a business mind. Perhaps you have some great ideas but you need a confidence boost to encourage you to launch your range? Or maybe you’ve got your first pattern together but don’t have your own blog and aren’t sure how to publicise your new pattern? That’s where we come in.

Specifically, prizes include…
Business and pattern design mentoring from Kristiann of Victory Patterns
Pattern testing and proof-reading by experienced sewists. We will also give honest and helpful feedback.
Contacts with well-known bloggers who will help publicise your new pattern.
A sewalong hosted on the Monthly Stitch blog. You can write the posts or if you’d prefer we can help you there.
Help designing a logo for your brand and a customer review of your website.

So you’re super keen to enter? Great! We only have a few requirements
Most importantly, your submission must be an original design.
You can’t have had a pattern published for profit before, however, if you’ve released a free pattern, you can still enter.
Your pattern has to be for an adult woman
You must include instructions (in English), photos of you (or another person) modelling it and line drawings of your design.
Your pattern must be graded to a minimum of four sizes. You can choose which size range.
You’ll need to think of a memorable name for your pattern and your brand.
Your pattern must be in a format that’s easy for home sewists to download and print.

The competition is now open! Submissions must be emailed to by the 31 July 2014. The winner will be announced in August. Will you be entering?!

The small print:
The winner will be chosen through a combination of community vote and scores given by the judging panel. All entries will be posted on The Monthly Stitch in early August for readers to vote for who they’d like to win
The judging panel consists of Penny, Mel, Kat, Juliet and Kristiann.
The judges decision is final.