Haberdasherdoodle – selling some of my stash

My sewing supplies are taking over the house and some of them need to go!


So I’ve opened a new shop on etsy called Haberdasherdoodle (thank you Mr D for the name!).

Most of the listings are for quilting fabric and craft supplies, and I’m also listing some dress fabric and patterns.

Blog readers can get a 10% discount with code DOODLE2014 until the end of October 2014, and this code and discount also applies to my regular shop DottieDoodle (the etsy link on the sidebar goes to this shop too).

Hope you see something you like!

Stocks are limited to what I’ve listed, and will list over the next couple of weeks.  I’m not planning to buy more in to sell, this is just to clear some space.

Happy shorts – New Look 6100

New Look 6100

I am not a lover of shorts.  Many year ago, when I was waitressing, the managers suddenly decided we all had to wear navy t shirts and navy shorts.  Not a good look for me (I’m sure I made what Mr D now calls “the face”) and I haven’t worn them since.

NewLook6100   NewLook6100shortsback

But look – navy shorts and smiling!  I saw this pattern and really liked the tailored look, and the drapey style.  I love the way they turned out, and wore them a lot on holiday.  I particularly like the waistband, which is below my natural waist and closely fitted.  This means they look great with a fitted vest top, as well as the looser style pictured.  Also love the pockets, side zip, everything really.

The linen is a dark navy, very soft and drapes beautifully.  These shorts were worn and washed several times before these pictures, and they still look like new.  Details of the fabric below – it’s on sale for £3.99 a metre!  It is slightly sheer, so I underlined with a silk cotton lining fabric.  I used a City Poplin Liberty print scrap for the facing.

New Look 6100

Then I made another pair!  These are Liberty lawn and not quite as successful, because the fabric doesn’t drape well.  I wore them several times though, and I think they are softening up with washing.Liberty New Look 6100

PatternIMG_2519: New Look 6100 – £6
Fabric:  Navy Linen & Viscose (Minerva Fabrics) – £3.99
Liberty print from Honiton Vintage Fabric Fair – £8
Zips, lining and Liberty scraps from stash


Wristlet keyring tutorial and giveaway

dottie doodle keyring tutorial

I’ve been making these wristlet keyrings for a while.  They make great gifts, and sell very well at craft fairs.  Some of my customers come back to see me with keyrings they have had for years!

Here is how to make one – and scroll down to the end to see how to win a keyring and some attachments to make your own.

You will need -

dottie doodle keyring12″ x 3″ home dec weight fabric
12″ x 1″ quilters wadding
1″ keyring hardware (available at etsy)


1. Fold over one long edge of the fabric to hide the raw edge, then fold the fabric around the wadding (enclosing it).  The width needs to be very slightly less than 1 inch, to fit into the hardware neatly (you don’t want the band to poke out the sides).  I find the grid on my cutting mat helps with this, or you could draw a guide on a piece of card.


2. Pin


3. Stitch along the folded edge.  A walking foot is useful, but not essential.


4. Stitch another two or three rows parallel with the first, for decoration and to hold the band together.  Trim the ends.


5. Fit the ends of the band inside the keyring attachment and squeeze together with pliers.  Use a scrap piece of fabric to protect the metal from scratching


Admire your new keyring!  To win this keyring, and three of the attachments to make your own, please leave a comment on this post.

dottie doodle keyring tutorial

I’ll post internationally, and will choose the winner by random selection on Monday 6 October at 9am GMT.

Good luck!

Perfect summer top – McCall’s 6751

McCalls 6751 front

Oh, I love this pattern!  I’ve made a few woven tops, but don’t find them very comfortable.  I like the simple vest style of this, and the back is really lovely.

McCalls 6751 backThis version is in a pale blue / grey patterned voile, underlined with white muslin.  I used the muslin because it was the day before we left to go on holiday, and that was all I had, but it is perfect with the voile.  Very light and lovely to wear, and the two fabrics seem to have become one.

The only thing I changed was to shorten the top at the shoulders to raise the cut out at the back, so I can wear a strapless bra with it.

It’s a very quick make, although neatening the straps does take some time.  You can use bias binding, but on this light fabric I decided to serge the edges, then turn over and hem.  I used my beloved edge stitching foot to get a good finish.

McCalls 6751

One word of warning – the straps/neckline measure about 110 inches, so whatever edge finish you use, you need to be happy to do a lot of it!  Possibly not one for hand stitching….


I’m looking forward to making lots more of these for next summer.  The pattern is also suitable for jersey fabrics, and wouldn’t it look great lengthened into a dress?

There are some more gorgeous versions of this top at Sanae Ishida and Clipped Curves.



Simple refashion – red linen dress to skirt

This Farhi dress has been a favourite for years, and the top was looking rather worn.  The skirt still looked good though and it is such a beautiful pinky red, so I thought I’d try to save it.

Farhi red linen dress

I removed the side zip and cut off the top.  Then I lengthened the remaining zip slit and inserted a skirt length zip.  There wasn’t enough fabric in the top to make waist facings, so I used a wide piece of bias binding.  I sewed this to the top (right sides together), folded it over and machined it down.



New skirt!

Farhi refashion

And an added extra – a beautiful Ghost dress which I’ve had for a couple of years and not worn.  It’s a very floaty, slightly sheer dress, but it had elbow length sleeves which meant it didn’t work for hot weather or holidays.  So I took a deep breath and cut them off!

Navy Ghost dress

After a lot of thought, I decided to leave a centimetre of sleeve attached, which I folded over twice then handstitched to the inside.  This meant I kept the original topstitching on the edge.  Here’s the inside.


And I’m very pleased to report that I have already worn it, for our wedding anniversary dinner!


A confession about (lack of) fitting – Burda 7531

I haven’t tucked a top into a skirt for years!  But when I took the initial pictures of this skirt, I realised it looked so much better with my t-shirt tucked in.  It’s funny how that wasn’t obvious to me in the mirror.

Burda 7531 skirt



Too big.

Then I realised that I had been lazy about fitting, because I thought the skirt waist would be covered by my top.  Taking it in by an inch has made it much more flattering.

I bought this fabric before I knew what I was going to make with it – love the colour!  Then I realised that the print would mean most of my skirt patterns wouldn’t work as they would chop it up.  Burda 7531 seemed to be a good solution.  There is a seam down the front and back, which I’ve highlighted with a row of stitching, and a dart across the front.  Otherwise, it’s a straightforward shape which meant pattern matching went pretty well.

Burda 7531

The front and back seam lines and horizontal darts give a lovely shape.

I’m looking forward to trying the pattern in a plainer fabric which will show off the seam lines.  I have some vintage tweed which I think will be great for the winter.

Vintage tweed fabric

IMG_2486Pattern: Burda 7531 £3.50
Fabric: Quilting cotton £0 (a gift from Mr D)
Everything else from stash

Cost: £3.50




Patchwork change purse – Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki

Back in April I was lucky enough to win Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki from Andrea at Stitch Parade.  My first project from the book is this sweet change purse – my first time using a flex frame.

Patchwork style change purse

This is a Japanese book, in English.  It’s got some very pretty project ideas and they’ll make lovely presents (including for me!).  I found the written instructions a little too wordy and confusing but the diagrams are very clear.  Adding a flex frame is really easy.  The two sections fit into tubes of fabric at the top, then fix together with a pin. I loved this patchwork and quilting style so much I made a lined zip pouch too.  The lines of stitching give such a finished look.

quilted patchwork zip pouch IMG_2310

I used scraps of Liberty and quilting cotton.  Lovely to use those tiny pieces I can’t bear to throw away! A great book – thank you Andrea!  I think the bag on the cover will be my next project.