Hi, I’m Christine and I love to sew my own clothes and things for my daughters.  I’m self taught and although I’ve had my sewing machine for a while, I still consider myself to be a novice sewer.

I’m British born but live with my Japanese husband in southern Germany.  Since living here, I’ve found some great fabrics that are still made in Europe and I try as much as possible to use these and stay loyal to local producers.

The aim of this blog is to help me improve my sewing skills and push me to make more technically challenging garments.  I hope that my pattern reviews are helpful to others and I look forward to learning as much as I can from the online sewing community.  I’ll also be sharing my insider info about my European pattern and fabric finds.

Thanks for stopping by.



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  1. Hi there I want to ask you about your Miette skirt as I am trying to make a longer version. Well I have made it but it looks very wrong 😦

    When I cut out the pattern and add the length where it says to in the middle, it changes the shape of the skirt and I end up having to add to the side at the bottom as well as the length and when I sew it up the side seams do not match, then I have a wonky hem with bits sticking out!

    Did you have this problem too? I am basically adding 6″ to the pattern but when I pull it apart at the line and add the 6″ to the front and back pieces they are no longer the right shape and do not line up at the side unless I make them wider too, but then it makes the bottom of the skirt really wide and wonky when it is all sewn up and it no longer has a smooth curved hem but one which is all different lengths.

    I’ve spent a fortune on the fabric so I really want to make it nice so that I can wear it but I don’t know where to start to put it right 😦

    • Hi Lauren,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having problems! When you add the length to the pattern pieces, it will change the skirt shape, it’ll get wider at the bottom. This is ok and expected. If you look at the pic of my maxi Miette, it’s very flared at the hem. As long as you add the same length to all the skirt pieces and follow the angle of the side seams of each, the side seams should match up.

      Also when I change the length of patterns, regardless of whether I shorten or lengthen the patterns pieces, I try to keep the original shape of the hem. So I trace the original hem shape again at the bottom of the shortened or lengthened patterns pieces and that way, maintain the smooth curved hem.

      Regarding the wonkiness and bits sticking out, did you take care to maintain the grain lines of the fabric when you cut out the lengthened pieces? If the fabric went off grain, that may explain the wonkiness which would be more obvious in a lengthened skirt. What type of fabric have you used?

      It may be that the skirt only seems ‘wrong’ to you because you made it. If your fabric is light and patterned then the ‘problems’ may not be obvious when you wear it because maxi skirts swish and sway as you move and they hide a multitude of sewing errors!

      If possible, could you email me some pics of your skirt?

      I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please fire away.


  2. Hi yes I did those things, I think it must have been a grain issue because I made it from denim and the back pieces were on bias. It’s not that noticeable really I am sure I can sort it out I just wanted to find out where I had gone wrong so I could avoid it next time. When I put the extra pieces into the pattern I kept the hem the same so I don’t know why it was uneven, it must be to do with the grain line as you say. This is really helpful as I had never considered this (am just learning!). I think if I put the skirt on and then get someone to measure up from the floor the same all the way round I should be able to true up the hem. It’s not the end of the world and I’m still proud of the fact I made it but at least now I know what to look out for next time! I will see if I can email you a pic 🙂

    Thanks for your help!

    • You’re very welcome, so glad you’re feeling better about your skirt!

      It does sound like a grain issue but I’m sure it’s not as noticeable as you think. What a wonderful achievement, you should be very proud of yourself and enjoy the learning process!

      Please send a pic, I’d love to see your skirt.

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