Jennifer Lauren

Hi lovely Sew-Retro-ers, I have a wee tutorial up on my blog at the moment on how to make and insert inseam piping as I did on my Airelle Blouse. It’s so easy to do and piping can add such a sweet little detail to your garments. You can either choose to make it from [...]


I’ve finished my first version of the beautiful Airelle Blouse from Deer&Doe - my first time using one of Eleanor’s patterns. My sister gave me this pattern for my birthday (along with the Belladone dress which I’m half way through!) and it’s really such a lovely pattern to work with. While it’s not a vintage pattern, it [...]


So, this is my Kate Middleton-Blue-Engagement-Franken dress. Number three on my Winter Time Sewing List. Not as pretty as hers. In fact, not the prettiest dress I’ve ever made. But wearable, and really, what else do you need?   My version is made up of so many different patterns I don’t even know where to start. [...]


You guys – I MADE PANTS! Finally, after many years of sewing, I tackled my sewing nemesis. Sure, they aren’t fitted pants or anything – I wanted big, wide, swing-y 40′s styled pants. But I made them. And they fit. And there isn’t any – ahem – wrinkling where there shouldn’t be. While it did take [...]


This early 60′s pattern from Advance was a dream to sew up. I really really enjoyed making this dress. It was easy, quick and it has no darts. Let me repeat: No Darts! All of the shaping comes from the gathers at the neckline on both the front and back and the bias cut across [...]


I think there are quite a few of us who have this pattern in our stashes. I’ve certainly had it for about a year now and was originally inspired to get it when David and I were in town and I saw the exact dress design in a shop window. It was made out of [...]


A few weeks ago I was asked to be a pattern tester for a new indie pattern company that Abby was starting called Blue Ginger Doll. I received a lovely big package in the post a few weeks later that turned out to be the pattern for Abby’s first dress, the Billie Jean. It was a truly lovely [...]


This pattern has been sitting in my pattern stash for at least a year (probably longer). I fell in love with the violet dress on the front as soon as I saw it, but the only problem was that I just couldn’t seem to find the right coloured fabric! It needed to be a violet [...]


As promised, I’ve written a detailed tutorial on how to make your very own bow belt on my blog like the one I made for my striped dress. Bow belts are so easy to make and can add that pretty little detail to any outfit to finish it off. They are also great for using [...]


Yay, I’ve finally finished another of my WIP’s! I started making this dress back in January and finished it a week or so ago. It’s a pattern that David gave me for Christmas 2011 and it’s number 1 on my Sewing List (which I think needs updating now…). I decided to cut the bodice on the bias [...]