A Right Royal Do 2

Butterick 5779, simple elegance with wow factor back

In my last blog picked some of my favourite patterns for a new baby in light of the new royal birth. Now we can look forward to another royal occasion – the wedding of Prince Harry to  Meghan Markle – another great excuse for dressing up and  for parties! I’ve picked my favourites for special occasions.

Bring on the Bridal party
Wow factor back of Butterick 5779. Perfect for church weddings

What will Meghan Markle wear? Will it be form fitting or full blown. I particularly like this chic and stylish wedding gown that is fitted and very simple at the front with a ‘wow factor’ lacy panel and covered buttons at the back – perfect for a big church wedding when all eyes are on the bride.



This was part of the Cocktail Hour collection last year but is still an absolute winner (Vogue Pattern by Tom and Linda Platt 1208)

But, it’s not just the bride that will be dressed up. It’s a great opportunity to put on the glad rags ourselves. My pick of the patterns includes an elegant bias cut dress shown here in a fabulous red satin. It’s a Vogue Pattern by Tom and Linda Platt, Number 1208 and is perfect for a guest or as a going away outfit.




A stunning outfit, slim line sleeveless dress topped with cropped jacket (Vogue Pattern 1536)

Or if you prefer to cover your arms, try Vogue Pattern 1536, also by Tom and Linda Platt. This sleeveless dress is fitted and topped with a cropped jacket with amazing back detail. It looks great here in a triple crepe.





Another of the Cocktail Hour Collection that still packs a punch (Vogue Pattern 1532)

Vogue Pattern 1532 is another delight for a special occasion, this time a strappy dress is covered with an unusual chiffon batwing top with jewelled cuffs.

This new design is so stunning in a fabulous shot silk or satin (Vogue Pattern 9292)






If you like full skirts, try Vogue Pattern 9292 which is a panelled dress that fits through the body and flares into a full skirt  – stunning in shot silk or satin.

McCall 6646 is a fabulous party dress that never dates.








Finally, for partying the evening away, this tiered strappy dress definitely fits the bill (McCall 6646).  It’s an old favourite of mine and never seems to date.

A Right Royal Do

Butterick 6045 is a fabulous traditional pack for babies

The next couple of months are going to be a feast for fashionistas who enjoy a fabulous affair. Firstly we have the expected birth of a royal baby, closely followed by another royal couple’s wedding – great excuses for parties! So what will the best dressed babies and guests of the bridal party wear? And what will be the pick of the patterns for the rest of us? Below are a few suggestions for makes for babies and christenings. Next time I’ll suggest some fab outfits for bridal parties.

Oh Baby

There are so many lovely patterns to make for babies that even if you haven’t got a pending arrival in your family, you will be tempted to sew for a friend of a friend! Ranging from traditional christening robes to rompers, summer dresses and cheeky nappy covers, there is something for all tastes and abilities.

I love Butterick 6045 shown above, which is a classic pack of christening robe or rompers for the boys, bonnet and booties. Use a fine cotton or linen fabric and add delicate pin tucks and a range of decorative stitches in white on white, or cream on white using a wing needle. This has ‘wings’ either side of the shaft so that the needle creates tiny holes in the fabric as you stitch replicating heirloom stitching of old.  for truly heirloom style and you can create a gown that becomes a family tradition.

Making a collection for a new baby is one way to welcome them to our world (Butterick 5583)

A layette is often a welcome gift for a new addition to the family, so Butterick 5583 is the perfect choice as it includes travel romper, bibs, hats, booties, nappy covers, blanket and sleepsuit.





Butterick 5585 is a cute collection of every day wear for a new baby

I also love Butterick 5585, shown here as a stripy set of jersey dungarees and hat, so cute. The pack includes other options as well as a dress and top. This is a casual collection for everyday wear and will be very useful to a new born.




How cute is this! A selection of hats to keep the sun off (McCalls 6575)

Add a nifty cap and keep the sun of your little lad with this pack of hats in McCall 6575  or when they begin to crawl, make some nappy coveralls that are suitably bright and bold and lots of fun (Kwik Sew 4052). And if you are a traditionalist, this lovely dress and romper pack with bonnets and nappy panties in Butterick 4110 is for you.


Babygros are stable clothes for all babies. This little chap loves this one from Kwik Sew 3960

You can’t beat a babygro for comfort and practicality either.  This pack includes one for the boys and one for the girls.

When babies start crawling, a nappy cover makes a nice addition to an outfit, particularly if it is a fun design like this one in Kwik Sew 3960. Each of the four versions have fun floral designs to choose from.

Make nappy covers for crawling babies (Kwik Sew 4052)









My final pick of the patterns for babies this month are two smart outfits that can be made and worn to special occasions. Enjoy sewing for babies.

Smart outfits for special occasions (Butterick 5510)
Butterick 4110 includes Romper or dress with hat and nappy cover