Monthly Archives: August 2017

Arabella skirt


A simple but stylish skirt by Rebecca Page pdf patterns. Ok you will say what is so special about this skirt? Of course you will say that many other designers have made exactly the same.  Well yes you could say that but the Arabella is available for sizes NB-12 Yrs for girls and XXS-5XL for ladies so you can have matchy mum and me outfits, no need to search anywhere else to get one for your little girl as well, they are all available in the one spot.

Instructions were easy to follow and fabric suggestions were appropriate.  Options for a regular or tall waistband and an added sash and pockets ensure some variations on this simple skirt, this in my opinion makes this very versatile for a simple casual skirt or a more elegant skirt for more formal wear. The suggested fabrics included describe the drape appropriately.  A lovely swishy skirt in rayon as l made makes the wearer feel quite elegant. Love it and l am generally not a maxi wearer but the drape and feel is very feminine.


I made my Arabella in rayon and absolutely love it, l am not usually a maxi wearing kind of gal but lately l discovered the maxi and fell in love with them.  I always thought that l was too short to wear a maxi but discovered there were so many other women the same height as myself wearing maxi’s and they looked fabulous.  What was l thinking that l couldn’t wear a maxi,  this is the first of many to come.  The rayon fabric is so soft and drapes beautifully so having the gathers at the waistline it doesn’t flare at the hip as generously so it is quite flattering rather than being quite full and voluminous of course it will depend on the style and effect that you are seeking which will determine your fabric choice.

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Perfectly suitable for formal wear or a more casual occasion, the Arabella is your quick sew garment when you need something when the girls ring at the last moment catch up.I chose the high waistband option with a sash, although you cannot see the sash it ties and would showcase the waist if made in a contrasting colour,  the beauty of making for your self you can create your own style.  The sash is able to be tied at the front or back or if you want something a little more casual you can make without the sash.

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The Arabella is perfect for border prints, the skirt showcases it beautifully don’t you think.

I have made quite a lot of my wardrobe from Rebecca Page patterns, l do like that the patterns are diverse and don’t always follow the trend of other designers.  I can have something that is fashionable but unique in my wardrobe.  I have tested quite a few of Rebecca’s patterns, some l absolutely love and just a couple l found where not quite my style but l would not say that l don’t like them they just don’t suit me as much as l thought and honestly isn’t that the same with some clothing that we try on in the shops.  We will find something and have a moment of loving it until we try it on then go wow what was l thinking.

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After testing for Rebecca quite a few of the testers are now brand ambassadors which is quite an honour, we do get to choose what we would like to make which is quite generous of Rebecca and her team.

You can follow along with great support and encouragement in the fb group here.

Link to Arabella


Happy crafting.




Chai – What a treat.


Having applied to test for Itch to Stitch patterns by designer Kennis

Wong on several occasions l was actually quite surprised when l found

had been chosen to test her latest pattern the Chai shirt/dress.  The

Chai is a classic fitted style which can be interpreted as a vintage style

which has become quite fashionable.  The Chai is available in a digital

PDF pattern.



Kennis designs her patterns for cup sizes.  so you can get a garment for

your dress size and also your cup size creating the perfect fitting

garment.  The Chai is designed for woven fabrics and l chose a

quilters cotton.  Features of the Chai Shirt and Dress include-:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups

  • Dress and shirt length options

  • Classic collar on collar stand

  • Sleeveless and gathered short sleeve options

  • Center front button closure

  • Easy-to-wear A-line skirt

  • In-seam pocket with dress option

  • High waistband that elongates the legs

  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)


The collar is sewn a little different to what l am used to but the finished

collar definitely is worth the effort as it gives a very polished finish.

The instructions certainly enabled me to create a garment to fit

perfectly.  Designed for intermediate sewing, do not be daunted by that

as many of the testers had not sewn collars or button holes and created

some very nice Chai shirt/dresses for themselves.  That is testament to

the great instructions provided in the pattern.


My chosen option was a shirt and sleeves, enabling me to mix and

match with classic wide leg pants or skirt for an afternoon tea or a

more casual wear with jeans, great versatility.   For those who know me

they know l like options in a pattern and the Chai offers that, a dress

option will be next on my list.  I appreciate now what many have said

about Itch to Stitch designs, great quality tested patterns to create the

perfect fitting garment.


The Chai shirt and dress is now available here

 at a special release sale price of $9.60


Follow the blog on Itch to Stitch and get some great tips and see some

tester pics here.

You can also try some of Itch to Stitch free patterns on the website a

great way to test a designers patterns.


Itch to Stitch offers a group for support on facebook where you can get

lots of support here

happy crafting.