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I made this dress using a bright neon linen from Merchant and Mill's. It's so incredibly comfortable! Adapted it to have the placket that stopped at the empire line and not the full length of the skirt. I also gathered the sleeves just below the elbow as I'm not a big fan of wizard sleeves.
The pocket construction is genius and worked so well.

I've purchased some cobalt blue linen to make a second one.

I made size 1 for my 39" bust and it fits like a dream.

Is that a Tablecloth you're wearing madam?

Great pattern and will make again. It was perfect for the Sewing Bee tablecloth challenge as there are no gathers. Had to sew back from 2 pieces, however this was opportunity to a make design feature of blanket stitch edge so it looks like exposed zipper. Also changed the pleats at the back skirt to make most of showing the embroidery. Feel like the Cat's whiskers when I wear it!

Very easy to follow instructions!

Highly recommended to check garment measurements and choose the sizing according to them. I love my new dress!!

Fantastic pattern!

I loved sewing the Studio Tunic. I made it as a spinning tunic to protect my clothes from fibre & fluff, and it does the job beautifully. I used a mid-weight cotton upholstery fabric.

The instructions are very detailed and easy to understand (as with all Sew Liberated patterns). The finish on this simple garment is next level, and I enjoyed challenging myself to perfect my french seams and top stitching. Since it is such a utilitarian garment, you could easily skip some of the nicer finishes and just overlock/zig zag and sew as normal for a "quickie" version.

Highly recommend!

Very easy and very useful pattern

I bought this after viewing an example made in Kaffe Fasset fabric. I prefer it made in very light lawn. I lengthened the side top pieces to drop the gathers below my bust. I also lowered the neckline and lengthened the whole top slightly. It is very successful with high waisted skirts or the pietra trousers. I recommend this pattern, because it helps use up little bits of Liberty lawn. Indeed several friends have made multiple versions, for this very reason.

Long awaited Peony Dress

I have just finished the Fabric Godmother Peony dress and it has turned out beautifully! The silhouette is gorgeous and with very little tweaking I have got a lovely fit. There are loads of darts which give the opportunity to alter and tweak as needed. I made it in a pretty polyester for a wedding next month. The fabric skims and falls beautifully making it floaty which is what I wanted. I will definitely make in other fabrics as I think the pretty statement sleeves and well balanced frill will keep this a firm favourite! The pattern instructions are clear and enable a really good finish, if followed carefully and the photos are help. All in all a great pattern, easy to follow and a good result!

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Jennifer Taillefer
Lovely finished product if you can get through the instructions

The final cape I am very happy with, however the instructions are awful and confusing. I am an experienced sewer and I gave up on the written instructions and just made the cape the way that made sense to me. The layout is also confusing showing the front piece as a half piece on the fold on the layout when it is a single full piece on the paper pattern. Worth the effort if you are comfortable taking your own path but probably not for beginners.

Beautiful pattern, but beware the head circumference

Just made Version B for my 9 month old son in size 1. Everything was clearly written, the pattern pieces match everywhere, and even if it's an evolved make with all the pockets, it is enjoyable. But before I sewed the the top to the bottom, I discovered at a fitting that the head opening would not go over my son's head D: So I had to improvise an open shirt front with the left over snap tape. I will definitely sew this pattern again, but will lengthen the placket and sew on the snap tape from the start.

Great Intro to ZW Sewing

This was the first zero waste pattern I used and I had a great experience. I wanted to use this pattern with some very narrow width vintage fabric that I had in my stash so I actually made myself a paper pattern using the ZW cutting instructions and then used my template to figure out how to use my very narrow fabric. It worked great and also resulted in zero waste which was good too! My most successful versions of this pattern are with the long sleeve option in very drapey fabric. My favourite version used a bolt end of some Meet Milk Tencel from Minerva in a gorgeous rust colour that I have received alot of compliments for. I have also made two versions in a shirting/poplin style fabric which were less successful as the cut is a bit stiff and boxy so if the fabric has little drape the results can be a bit too boxy. My other tip is that the shirt is roomy enough to pull over your head so it is an option to sew the buttons on straight through both sides of the front, avoiding the buttonholes (making this a quicker, easier and generally less intimindating sew). I bought Birgitta's book after using this pattern and I also really love the shirt block in there which actually I prefer, but is more complicated to make. In brief, this pattern turned me on to the joy of ZW sewing and I recommend it for anyone curious to try this method.

A must make!

This is such a beloved pattern in the sewing community and if you have not made a zadie so far then what are you waiting for! Another review of this much loved pattern is not really needed I guess, but I did want to share a couple of things that I have found are really helpful in getting a nice result. Firstly, the fabric choice is really important i.e. a tighly woven fabric with a nice drape. The only Zadie-fail I have experienced is I made a pair with a (really beautiful) woven linen from merchant and mills but the fabric was a bit loosely woven and therefore did not stand up well to the tension needed at the tie waist and has bagged out a bit. I made a version in a very inexpensive drapey chambray and it was a winner and a version in a Liberty tana lawn which also worked v well. The other thing is to make sure that the wrap tie is sitting on the natural waist which may mean taking a bit of length out of the bodice if you are shorter like me. The pants include a lot of rise - again this has been commented on a lot - but I would say don't be shy in taking out rise if you are short, it definitely gives a better fit. Happy Zadie making!

Cosy High Neck Jumper

This was one of the very first patterns I made when I started sewing back in 2019. I had absolutelty no idea what I was doing but the pattern is very simple and instructions are clear and I ended up with some very wearable versions! Because I did not know what I was doing I made my first version in seersucker (!) which is not at all a recommended fabric but actually in a moment of beginners luck made this really cool, cropped, high necked structured garments that I still wear and get loads of compliments on. I have also made a quilted version of this jumper which is super super cosy. I think the key to why this pattern works is that it is a fairly cropped length which keeps it neat and modern feeling. The roll neck option is great as the neck is properly tall and cosy feeling. I have worn my LB pullovers alot and recommend this as a great beginner pattern that makes up wearable, practical, stylish jumpers and tops.

The only trouser pattern you will ever need (maybe....)

I love love love the Eve Trousers from Merchant and Mills. These are the first pair of fitted waistband trousers that I have made. I was a little nervous about whether or not I was going to be able to get a good fit on these trousers as I have quite narrow hips and a rounder tummy which makes buying RTW trousers impossible! In the end I made two toiles, shortening the length at the leg and rise and grading between two sizes at the hips and waist. I found the instructions for inserting the lapped zip a bit confusing but I'd like to recommend and thank Sew Much Fun on youtube who have a video focussed just on this section which is really really helpful.

I have had loads of compliments on these trousers and I feel that they are the perfect classic fitted trouser shape. I feel very cool in them honestly they are an absolute wardrobe staple and I've worn them non stop. They have a bit of a Toast like look which is a brand I really love.

I made my first pair in a medium weight denim which was worn and washed really well. My second pair I made in a lighter jacquard which to be honest was a bit of a bad fabric choice on my part as I think these trousers really benefit from a bit of structure and look a bit shapeless when sewn in a lighter fabric. The other excellent thing is the fabric requirements are pretty low (under 2m) which is a factor I consider when selecting patterns.

Mainly, I recommend this as a great basic trouser that look very cool and contemporary.

Fun scrap buster

I really love the collage gather top from Match Matchy Sewing Club. I love the patchwork clothing look and I have made various attempts at patchwork clothing, but I have to say the Collage Gather is definitely my most successful project. It is kind of trickier than it looks to make patchwork clothes I have found and so working with a pattern than is designed with this technique in mind makes the whole process much easier. The top comes together very quickly and it is a fun process picking fabrics for the various panels. My main tip is to make sure that all of your fabrics are the same or similar in weight. I also found this pattern runs a little small at the arm hole, I made my size according to bust measurements in a toile but needed to size up as I found the arm a little restricting. I also think the top looks better loose and floaty so glad I went up that one size. I can definitely see myself making a few of these in the future - I recommend this as a really fun and sustainble pattern.

Gorgeous summer dress

I made two Charlie Caftan's this summer, both in an indian handmade cloth from merchant and mills. I love both of my dresses, although neither have got much wear this year as we have not seen so much sun! I was looking for a dress that would be light and breezy and voluminous enough to show off a beautiful fabric, but still have some shaping so I don't look swamped. I spent quite a bit of time researching patterns as there are so so many options for summer dresses, but I really think this one fits my criteria pretty well. I love the deep v neck. The centre 'letter box' panel at the waist that contains the skirt gathering is a really nice feature and stops the dress being too oversized. I would recommend making the view with waist ties (I forgot on my first version and needed to unpick to fit them in reterospectively!).

I would say though that the instructions are not the absolutely clearest ever, I had quite a few head scratching moments and I'm glad I made a toile as an opportunity to practice the waist panel which is quite fiddly. I would like to thank and recommend Flying Bobbins on you tube who has a free sew along for this pattern and I honestly don't think I would have been able to successfully complete the dress without that support.

Recommended beginner pattern

I have made three pairs of Yanta Overalls now and they all get alot of wear. My first pair was in a medium weight linen (although these showed wear quite quickly) and the second and third pairs were in denim which i think worked best for this pattern. This pattern is special to me because as a fairly new sewist this was the very first more 'intermediate' type of pattern I attempted. There are a few more challenging aspects to the make for a beginner. For me I'm short (5ft2) and needed to shorted the pattern at multiple points; attention is needed to get the rise the correct length to avoid the dungaree 'hungry bum' situation; and the button holes and the beautiful back detailing took me a bit of time and concentration to get right. I would say though that Heln's instructions are so so clear and helpful that it felt like a very supportive pattern to try these more challenging techniques with. I recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a classic dungaree and especially to any new sewists looking to build skills as Helen's instructions are like having a knowledgeable sewing friend right in the room with you. Ten out of ten!

The everything dress

When I started sewing again I first made this from the original pattern, I lowered the waist and went up a size, I made 3 versions this way and they were great. I recently bought the expanded whole pack and paid more attention to information on the site. I used the sizing calculator (18GH) and stuck to the pattern bodice length - this dress is now amazing. I've made the v neck darted but am going to try the empire line version. The booklet is great but the cashmerette website offers so much help. You can also reach out to them for advice if the fitting causes issues. Great service.
If you are full busted I recommend investing in this. Trust the sizing calculator. I bought the paper version but am considering the PDF so I can print each bodice - the lines are a bit hard to see on paper for tracing but with layers I could just print what I need.

really great dress

I used a 3m remnant of a striking lady Mcelroy fabric. The pattern allows the print to shine, and you can squeeze a swishy dress from 3m. (though one cuff had to be upside. I did add 7cm to length as well, so had to go without the kangaroo pocket. It's a loose dress but shoulders and bust are more standard so I used my bust measurement. I like the neck and shoulder fit.
I love the sleeve design and the side panels.
Everything went together very well and I found instructions easy to follow. I will make this again and use liberty remnants to make a two colour version.

Good but

The v neck blouse is lovely - but beware of the neck facing which doesn’t appear to include the seam allowance (unless I got something wrong- but I don’t think so).

Lovely, swishy skirt .... with pockets!

This pattern has five eighth inch seams so it was easy to French seam the top part. I had to cut the ruffle in three parts and allow for that when buying as I was using 110cm fabric. I clipped the pocket seam corners on the second pass which I need not have done. It's also necessary to pay attention to the way the finished seams are lying when they cross over others.
If making again, I would top stitch the pocket tops before attaching them to the skirt front and back as they have a tendency not to lie flat.
It's a great pattern and I wore it to a summer evening concert. Now I want to make a matching top.

Perfect skirt

I wanted a skirt that was historic (or at least historically inspired) that I could still wear every day.

Great pattern, great instructions & a great make. I don't think I had to make any changes.

I was a little worried about the fly opening but the way it's constructed, it comes together super well and there's no gaping.

Have already made 3 of these - 1 in suiting fabric, 1 in herringbone wool & 1 in velvet viscose and I love them all.

Super fast & comfy make

I'm normally a very slow sewing and this came together so fast. Instructions are clear & very easy to follow. It is spot on.
Fabric was a brushed French terry
Only adjustment I made was to widen the pockets - entirely because I was too afraid to figure out how to add the patch pockets so I just widened them to go from edge to edge of the front piece & just include it when overlooking the neckband side seams. Will definitely be making more of these.

Party in the back

When I saw a photo of this pattern on Instagram I had to make one! I had the pattern ordered & printed so fast!

I had trouble finding the correct fabric in my stash because with all the pleats it is a little fabric hungry.

I assumed with all the details it would take forever but it actually came together rather quickly.

I love this shirt, the length is perfect & a major statement but I do find it pulls a little to the back.


I really enjoyed making this beautiful pattern. The sizing is spot on. I’m a high street 8 on top, 10 bottom and because of the way this dress is designed I made the 8. It fits beautifully and is lovely to wear. I had to wait a long time to wear it due to the weather so I made the blouse in the interim and it’s also perfect. I will be making more in plain fabrics. I used a lightweight cotton lawn for the summer and it’s cool and flows well and holds the pleats. The written instructions were a little lacking (due to the translation) and there were a few typos/errors but the video guide was clear and helpful (please note it is in French). I will definitely be making other patterns from this designer.

Best top and great pattern

I bought this pattern in early 2021 and it’s still my favourite top to make. Big sleeves are still in guys and this pattern is still really popular. I made it in railroad denim with a red stripe and in soft cotton fabrics as well, I hacked it into a top without the button closure, I have not made the dress version yet. Also it would be really easy to hack into *the* Ganni shirt by adding ties, straightening up the hem at whatever length you like and also adding a peplum.

Cute storage baskets

Cute storage baskets. Some head scratching required with all the layers, but pleased with the end results and can see more of these being made as gifts.