If you’ve followed me a long time anywhere on these here interwebs, you know that I love to hack sewing patterns. Hack patterns together, hack them into different cuts and style, you name it, I’ll hack it.
I knew one of the first things I wanted to do on my new YouTube channel (did you miss my launch?!) was a video where I walked through how I hacked one of my favorite bodices. It’s a bit of a tutorial!
Quick housekeeping detail first! When I rebranded last year, I put in a request to Facebook to change my page name from By Gum, By Golly to Tasha Could Make That, but it’s been stuck in limbo ever since. (They’re supposed to be accepted/denied within 7 days… mine never was.) I haven’t been able to change the name as a result, so I finally created a new page for my brand. I’m starting from scratch unfortunately—so please give me a follow on my new Facebook page! ❤️
Back to this dress! It’s a mashup of the Christine Haynes Emery dress, and a vintage pattern from the 1950s, Butterick 6223. Both patterns have shown up on this blog before.
In fact the first time I did this hack was my flannel snow globes dress 8 years ago! And most recently on the blog, my flannel poinsettia dress. (And no, I don’t only sew this in flannel or for the holidays, I just apparently only blog about it then, ha!)
And gosh, I’ve made so many versions and hacks of the Emery dress, we’d be here all day if I had to link them all. But here’s the original one that started my obsession with that pattern… 9 years ago at this point!
So here’s my latest YouTube video, where I walk through how I drafted those two patterns together. And then you can watch me sew the final dress. Spoiler alert: it came out SO! CUTE!
Watch it now on my YouTube channel! It was fun to put this together for you! 🧵✂️
Johanne Kemp says
Wow really impressed with this you tube video. You have sold me on cut on sleeves & the hack oh so simple using your method. The biggest bonus is I have the same vintage blouse pattern. Yes please for pattern matching the back (although having replayed several times I think I’ve got it) also the belt making sometimes mine come our good other times less so & belts do “finish” the dress. The dress is super cute. Many thanks for your time & effort.