• Celebrating Summer with a Vogue V9311 Maxi Dress

  • Well here I am again, swishing my way around summer in a me-made maxi dress! And this one has been a long time coming… I actually made this last summer but it’s taken a whole year for me to get around to blogging it. This is a true reflection of the amount of free time I get as a full-time working mum LOL!

    Rarely do I ever really make many of ‘the big 4’ patterns. I guess I’m just an indie patterns kinda gal at heart. I just couldn’t resist the style of this one though – with its 70s hippy vibes. And the pattern? A Vogue V9311.

    It was a pretty easy/straightforward pattern to sew – not too many tricky areas. I decided part-way through that I would leave the sleeves off. I think at the time it was a bit of a heatwave going on, so the thought of sleeves made me feel a bit sweaty! I was just trying the dress on before the sleeves part of the instructions and just thought it looked great without. Also there was a little bit of me that felt like it may have been too much pattern if I’d have added them.

    The fabric I used was a polyester – not 100% sure on the type, but at a guess, it was maybe like a georgette. It was a little sheer, with this gorgeous floral print on a lilac background. So pretty! I bought this from Sew Essential and it was a total bargain. I think it was around £5 per metre!

    I used a lining fabric to fully line the whole dress, just because the outer shell fabric was just that little bit too sheer to get away with. Unfortunately though, the combination of the slippery lining and shell fabric means that they sort of shift around as their own entities… so I feel as though I need to wiggle and shift it around as I’m wearing it. Which is a little annoying.

    Although, I am super pleased with the hem and slit finishes as I spent hours blind slip stitching all of this by hand. It did take a long time, but it was a really therapeutic process. Sometimes I lack the patience for hand stitching, but more and more I’m finding a real sense of ‘zen’ from doing this… so I intend on biting the bullet and doing this more. After all, the finished look is so much nicer than a rushed machined topstitch – especially on a lightweight fabric like this.

    Another part of this make which I gave my all to was French seaming the entire dress. Again, such a rewarding process! As a result of this, I wrote a tutorial blog post especially for the lovely people at Brother Sewing UK – so head on over to their blog to see all of the steps and photos in detail – http://brothersewinguk.blogspot.com/2019/07/getting-to-grips-with-french-seams-with.html.

    Anyway, it sure does feel good to have this dress up on the blog! It’s been a long time coming 🙂

    Pattern: Vogue V9311

    Fabric: Sew Essential

    Size made: 12

    Alterations made: Finished without sleeves

  • SewCam is Back!

  • SewCam is back! Fresh from the success of last year’s sellout event, we will be following the same magical format of getting a whole bunch of sewing-loving folks together to work on projects and have a good old natter 🙂


    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email hello@gingerthreadgirl.co.uk


    You will need to be able to bring your own sewing machine to this event – so please note that there is no option to hire a machine. There will be an overlocker station with a couple of machines, and an ironing board station too (so no need for you to bring these things with you).

    This year’s event is kindly supported by the lovely team at Brother Sewing UK, which is allowing us to increase numbers, and also, excitingly, we will have a Brother expert on site giving demos with a coverstitch machine. So this will be a great opportunity to have a play with a coverstitch!

    We will have tables set-up around the main hall for everyone to work at, with power sockets for machines.

    So you will just have to pick a project, bring your machine and supplies, and we’ll have a fun day doing what we love best.

    I will arrange for some sewing sweets & snacks, and there will, of course, be free flowing tea and coffee! For lunch, feel free to bring a packed lunch – or across the road there is a Sainsbury’s for you to buy something on the day.

    And I will also set-up a pattern & fabric swap table, so we can bring along bits to swap with others 🙂


    The event will be held at the same venue as last year – Storey’s Field Centre. It is a lovely building on the newly developed area on the outskirts of Cambridge called Eddington. It is an incredible building, and recently won and was shortlisted for a number of architectural awards (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2018). So it will be the perfect backdrop for much sewing magic to happen (and of course, those all important Instagram snaps!).


    This year we are very lucky to be having a wonderful professional photographer, Lucinda Price, come and take some snaps of us in the afternoon. Photos will be available for attendees from a gallery after the event.

    In addition, I will be organising a funky photo backdrop for us to take photos in front of – possibly wearing our me-mades / generally goofing around!


    We are very lucky to have the incredible Sue Young on hand on the day to offer help and advice with sewing projects. I’m very excited about this as I’ve always found Sue such an inspiration and all-round sewing guru!

    Here is a little bit from Sue, about her sewing background and sewing meet-up words of wisdom!

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m Sue and I’ve been fascinated with dressmaking and sewing since I was very young. Eventually I studied at the London College of Fashion and since then I’ve worked variously as a sample cutter, pattern cutter and sample maker mostly in bridal and evening wear. I also worked in a Secondary school as the textiles technician which was quite an eye-opener! These days I’m very involved in #sewover50 because I wrote the original blog post that eventually became the springboard for my friend Judith to start the @SewOver50 account on Instagram. With 15k followers (of all ages) it’s an inclusive group which offers inspiration, help, support and encouragement to everyone. I love that it’s global in its reach too. 

    I do occasional bridal alterations (they can be quite specialist) and I’ve written a few articles for Love Sewing magazine, plus writing my own blog which is mostly reviewing patterns I’ve used (I’m always truthful!) patterns I’ve hacked, fabrics I’ve used or exhibitions I’ve enjoyed visiting. I test patterns for designers too, which is both interesting and frustrating at times. Believe me, if you’re quite new to sewing there are no mistakes you can make that I haven’t already made too! That’s how we learn after all. 

    I’m really looking forward to helping Jen at this year’s SewCam event, it was loads of fun last year. I love a good sewing meet-up and the chance to chat about our makes, if you’ve never been to one yet this will be a great introduction to them, don’t be shy, we all have a love of sewing in common so what could be better?

    I look forward to meeting you in November and you can find my blog at Susanyoungsewing.wordpress.com, and on Insta as @susanyoungsewing.  

    Sue x 

    I am thrilled to give you a peek at the line-up of incredible brands supporting our goody bags this year! More brands to come – so keep your eyes peeled!


    We will again be supporting breast cancer awareness charity, CoppaFeel, with a charity raffle with some *incredible* prizes up for grabs! Below is a peek at the amazing brands who have kindly offered to support with sewing-related goodies. And keep an eye on this page, as more brands are added!


    I can't wait to see you all there on Sunday 3rd November!

    Jen x

  • A Silky Yellow Magnolia Maxi Dress

  • Hello sewing fans! Sorry for my absence on the blog lately. I’ve been snowed under with, well… life. But very happy to confirm that I have been managing a little sewing here or there. And this dress is the result of my many bitesize sewing sessions!

    I’m over the moon with it. I had eyed up this fabric quite some time back, on the Ray Stitch website. It is a bamboo silk, and they sell it in a rainbow of the most beautiful opulent colours. This colour is called ‘saffron’, and the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it for a dress…. because, you know, YELLOW IS MY FAV!

    The pattern is a stunner too – it instantly headed to the top of my sewing list! It is a Deer & Doe Magnolia Dress. I love everything about the style of this… the sleeves, the V-neck wrap bodice, and the maxi skirt with a cheeky slit to one side!  My only slight concern about this dress is that it’s… ahem… a bit on the booby side! But I feel like this is ok as it’s long and covers the legs, and also has long sleeves. So otherwise well covered up 😉

    And the fabric/pattern combo… well, what a match made in heaven! This silk is just gorgeous. It is a great weight, so doesn’t feel too sheer to wear without a lining – and also means that the drape is so so lovely too.

    I have written a little guest blog post for the Brother Sewing UK blog where I have revealed how I tackled sewing this tricky slippery fabric. So head on over if you want to find out!

    Anyway, hope you like this make too. I’m super pleased with it 🙂 And watch this space for more makes hitting the blog very soon!

    Pattern: Deer & Doe Magnolia

    Fabric: Bamboo silk from Ray Stitch

    Size made: 40

    Alterations made: None!