Category Archives: Fulwood Pattern

The Fulwood Dress – How to Make the Gathered Skirt and Add a Neck Facing

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MIY Made By You – Fulwood Dresses

So many gorgeous makes using my patterns have been shared by proud makers on social media recently. Probably too many to be included in this month’s MIY Makers and, if you don’t use social media, you’ll miss them, so I’ve decided to devote a special post to them here.

Unsurprisingly there were lots of Fulwoods.

The Fulwood is one of my most popular MIY Collection patterns, I think thanks to the seemingly endless different ways to make it.  I’m still finding new ways and so, it seems, are you!

MIY Collection Fulwood DressThis summery floaty floral viscose number is by @_ym.sews_ on Instagram. Check out her feed to see it finished.

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The MIY Collection Fulwood Dress Sewing Pattern

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The Fulwood – Available Now as a Complete Making Kit!

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Better late than never, my most popular pattern – The Fulwood Dress is now available as a complete making kit.

The kit contains everything you need to make the dress with all the trimmings (collar, pleats, pockets!):

  • printed pattern
  • over 2.5m of beautiful quality 100% cotton denim in a choice of 2 washes; a pale bleached wash and a deep indigo wash (enough to allow for shrinkage when you pre-wash your fabric)
  • and matching thread.

All delivered straight to your door with free P&P (UK only) so you can just get sewing.

There really are so many ways to make this pattern (some of which I’m still trying out myself), see inspiration for how to make the Fulwood on Instagram and check out this link to a recent review. There’s also a great guest post here by Anne Acosta for how to move the pleats to different positions.

What are you waiting for? Get yours now, I only have limited stocks….

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MIY Collection Fulwood Pattern – Updated & Back in Stock!

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The ever-popular, ever-versatile Fulwood is back in stock and now it’s better than ever!

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Included in the pattern, instructions and cutting plans are all the many variations I’ve found of making it, including; the one piece dress (above),

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the t-shirt (above in woven and knit).

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The instructions also now explain how to extend the sleeves of the bodice to make the batwing dress (above).

The PDF version of the pattern has also been updated with these improvements and if you had already bought the PDF you will by now have received an email telling you that an updated version is available to download.

I’ve been wearing my one piece dress in black ponte roma loads, it’s comfortable to wear and easy to dress up or down. Yes I have a grey on in the planning and yet more hacks! Watch this space.

If you’re starting to plan your autumn/winter sewing, this one is the perfect dress for layering and looks great with a long sleeved top underneath and worn over tights or leggings. What are you waiting for? Get yours now!

And if that wasn’t enough, watch out over the next few days for news of a Fulwood kit……!!

Fulwood Dresses, Brightside Shrugs & Shared Nostalgia for Sheffield

Kate Brookes is a sewing blogger based in Sydney Australia, but she’s originally from…..yes, you guessed it, Sheffield!! All good things come from Sheffield!

So, inevitably Kate and I occasionally reminisce about all things Sheffield online and I was chuffed when she recently chose to buy my Fulwood Dress and Brightside Shrug patterns.

She’s now written a lovely review of them which includes some Sheffield nostalgia, sewing, squeezing a pint out of a half pint pot (in fabric terms) and inspiring one of her 11 year old sewing students to also make a Brightside Shrug!

It’s a great read, have a look.

How to Move the Pleats on the Fulwood Dress (a guest post by Anne Acosta)

Anne made this gorgeous version of the MIY Collection Fulwood dress by splitting the centre front inverted pleat and creating smaller knife pleats at the side front position. She’s going to talk you through how she did it!

Over to Anne:

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I love this version, it’s so flattering, the, pleats draw the eye from the tummy area!

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Mark the new pleat position on your pattern. I choose to make 2 smaller pleats on each side of the Centre front of the skirt (shown in red) I used the pleat line furthest from the Centre front for my first line then marked 5 more parallel lines each 3cm apart. (The back is exactly the same).

You can arrange these pleats as you like, but you will need to make sure your new pleats add up to the same size as the original Centre pleat, if not the skirt will no longer fit onto the bodice! My example is for the largest size, you may wish to position them slightly nearer the Centre front for the smallest size.

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I traced off the pattern with the alteration but you could use the original if you prefer, the arrows show the direction that the pleats will fold on the right side of the fabric.

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Cut out the skirt in your chosen fabric, mark the pleats, as you prefer with tailor tacks / chalk / dressmakers carbon. Tack the pleats into position and sew a machine line across the top of the pleats just above the sewing line to hold. I have done this in a darker thread so you can see it, but I would do this in a matching thread normally.

Continue to make up the dress as Wendy’s instructions.

Thanks so much Anne, there really is so much you can do with this pattern and this is one I hadn’t tried!

If you fancy making your own Fulwood dress and trying out Anne’s ideas you can get a paper version here and the downloadable pdf pattern here.

Here’s a bit more information about Anne:

You can find Anne on Instagram as @New_vintage _ Sewing

With almost 30 years of experience under her belt, teaching at all levels, designing, pattern cutting and sampling for industry and making costume for theatre, opera and T.V. Anne is now teaching textiles and fashion at Loughborough University where she runs a busy sewing room. This features a wide range of sewing machines, knitting and embroidery machines, for the use of students from textiles, fine art, design technology and so on.

Anne loves to spend any spare time in her garden studio where she has a number of industrial and domestic sewing machines and a large fabric collection that includes lots of vintage pieces. Her main passion is pattern cutting, dressmaking and making prototype garments.