2015 Review

Well it’s New Years Eve and I can’t believe this year is over already! Time has been flying.

I received my end of year email from WordPress and it was pretty cool seeing my year of blog posts summed up like that. I am slightly disappointed that I didn’t post as frequently as I set out to, but I guess it was my first attempt at blogging and using social media properly. I am still a bit useless to be honest, but I’m working on it.

My three posts that got the most views in 2015 were:

  1. Beginning my sewing journey My first ever blog post and my first attempt at making the Lilou dress by Tilly and the Buttons. I love this dress, I still wear it a lot  and I went on to use this pattern twice more here and here. The fabric for this dress was bought during my first experience of online fabric shopping, I managed to incur a hefty customs charge on receipt of this fabric…but I still think it’s gorgeous, so it was worth it. I remember being really embarrassed taking these photos, I am not at ease in front of the camera, but I am improving on that front, thank god.

Lilou Dress (attieanddora.com) Shetland

2.  Velvet bridesmaid dress This was by far the most challenging thing I made this year. Working with velvet was so tricky, but it was a great feeling to finally finish the dress and see Marjolein wear it to her sister’s wedding. That was probably my sewing highlight this year.

It’s a shame I didn’t manage to get better photos of it, it was quite hard to photograph as the light wasn’t great that day and velvet is tricky to photograph, it looks a bit dull in this picture sadly, but  the fabric was beautiful in the flesh, it reflected light and had great movement.

Red Velvet Lilou Dress (attieanddora.com) Shetland


3.  A Coco in the wind  Ha! Oh man, this was a funny photo shoot. I really wanted to blog this dress, but it was so windy that day. I thought it was going to be a disaster, but I actually loved how these photos turned out.

It really can be tricky to photograph sewing makes in Shetland, with the wind and lack of sunlight in winter, but I do think it can make for some interesting shots. Plus the scenery is beautiful when you do get a fine day.

Polka Dot Coco Dress (attieanddora.com) Shetland

Here’s a quick look at the rest of my makes this year

Polka Dot Carolyn PJs (attieanddora.com) Shetland

French Bulldog Carolyn PJs (attieanddora.com)

Red Jersey Ultimate Shift Dress (attieanddora.com) Sewing Shetland

Vintage Pledge Dress 2015 (attieanddora.com)

Contrast Lilou Dress (attieanddora.com) Sewing Shetland

Grey funnel neck Coco Dress (attieanddora.com) Sewing Shetland

Alder Shirt Dress (attieanddora.com) Sewing Shetland

Refashioned Beanie Hat (attieanddora.com)

Envelope Clutch Indian Fabric (attieanddora.com)  Sewing Shetland

Ultimate Shift Dress Atelier Brunette Fabric (attieanddora.com) Sewing Shetland

Not bad really 🙂 It’s nice to see them all together like this, as I often feel like I’m not doing enough, when you look at it collectively it feels like an achievement.

I am starting to feel really excited about sewing in 2016 now. I did a really great course in pattern cutting in August, so now I am focussing on designing my own patterns. I have drawn up blocks using my personal measurements and I have started trying out some basic design ideas, but I have a lot more work to do refining them and hopefully coming up with something I really like. I will of course still be making garments using bought patterns too, so next year will be a bit of both.

Happy New Year Everyone, thank you so much for reading.

See you in 2016 🙂




Polka Dot Carolyn PJs


Not blogged in a while, but lots going on in the studio.

I’ve mainly been working on drafting my own blocks, and designing, but have managed to find time to squeeze in some sewing too.

In my last post I blogged about the shorts I made for my sister using the Carolyn PJ pattern from Closet Case Files. After seeing how lovely they turned out I decided this would be the perfect pattern for the polka dot brushed cotton I had been hoarding. I think it was from Minerva Crafts, but I bought it several months ago, so can’t be certain. This fabric is super soft to touch, so it’s perfect for PJs.

It’s been a nightmare trying to photograph this make with the limited daylight in Shetland during the winter. I think the only option for taking photos in a decent amount of light here is to wait for a clear day and take them outside, but we have recently moved into a lovely new flat in Lerwick and while on the island I could have run outside in my PJs and taken photos of myself, don’t really fancy doing so in the middle of town….ha. So apologies for the rubbish pics, but I really wanted to blog these.

Polka Dot Carolyn PJs

Polka dot Carolyn 3



I love this pattern, I found this such an enjoyable make, it was relatively straight forward, but the effect is really professional. I particularly found the collar instructions to be fantastic as I have struggled with collars in the past, but this one was simple to sew and looks great.

I serged the seams and after much deliberation decided to use self-cover buttons. I really struggle to find nice buttons, if anyone has any tips on where to source some nice ones I’d really appreciate it.

I have so many more ideas for this pattern. I really want to make a long leg and long sleeve pair next and as I didn’t add the piping to these, I will experiment with that in my next pair.

Coincidentally, while making these, I opened my copy of Grazia to see that PJs as day wear is back, which gives me a great excuse to wear them in public…

These photos are taken in my new studio space! It is so awesome that our new flat has this beautiful loft space, I practically live up here at the moment. It is so nice to have a dedicated sewing space that I can close off at night and not worry about people standing on my pins…. I will maybe give you a virtual tour next time, when it’s less messy 🙂