Nicole Needles

It’s dark and grey here in London, so I fancied making something highly inappropriate and summery to cheer myself up. Here’s Vogue 8728 to the rescue: I used a lovely poly-cotton from Minerva fabrics with a cute little nautical print:   The dress has a yoke on the front bodice, with a gathered bust section, [...]


I decided to break out of the my usual mid-century sewing and try something from the 1930′s. This pattern was a free download from Sew Vera Venus; after a bit of tweaking with the fit, it went together like a dream. Here’s some details: I used a light cotton with berries and flowers on a [...]


I’ve had this pattern for years, and always liked its mix of 1960′s modern A-line shapes mixed with a more old-fashioned tailoring and elegance: I made view 2 with the longer length sleeve from view 1 in a basic poly-cotton twill.   The bow at the front is black satin, and I added a self [...]


I’ve been sitting on this pattern for quite a while but I finally found the time to make it! I had some red polyester twill lying around, which was intended for another project, but didn’t work out. So I decided to put it to good use. And here it is:   It’s such a lovely, [...]


I made this dress (view 3 to be exact), quite a few weeks ago, but have been wearing it so much I haven’t had time to share it with you! Here it is: A close up of the little pockets on the front: The neckline is square, with a pointed seam running under the bust: [...]


A while ago I bought some great printed cotton from Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester, where you can pick up some great off cuts by the kilo. It’s been sitting around in a pile of fabric since February, while I worked out what to do with it. Then I found this pattern in my hoard: I’ve [...]


I wanted to make something a bit sunny to take my mind off the appalling weather we’ve been experiencing here in Britain, so I decided on this simple blouse. It was really reasy to make – the size was spot on, and there is none of that annoying gaping you sometimes get with buttons over [...]


You may have heard that we’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here in Britain, and while everyone has been going crazy with the Union Jacks and bunting, I decided to be a bit different with my London version of McCall’s 9722. And here’s my version, made out of some fabric I found in a [...]