The “Little Black Lace” Dress

Name & Location: Freya, London, UK

Blog: Handmade By Freya

How long have you been Sewing: Just over two years

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Sometimes, I think I am probably the world’s biggest procrastinator. Well, that’s probably not true but I spend an awful lot of time dreaming about things and not actually doing them! I want to push myself creatively and increase my productivity.

What do you love most about sewing garments: I think the inner geek inside me loves the feeling of continually learning something new. I love reading up about different sewing techniques and the tricks of the couturier trade. I also love being able to employ those techniques in the garments that I make, putting in a lapped zipper or lace hem. It makes me value my clothes more than if I were to buy something from somewhere like Primark (a very cheap clothes shop in the UK). I also love the fact that what I am wearing was made by me, it fits me how I want it to fit and that nobody else will have something like it!

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Ripping out seams, it’s just so depressing sometimes. As well as tracing out patterns and cutting out. I never seem to be particularly quick with this process and as I have to do it on my parquet living room floor, my knees invariably take a battering!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I really want to see if I can knock out 52 wearable items of clothing. Clothes that I will wear again and are not one-off wonders.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Be happy, healthy, get fit and finish my Masters in Public Health Nursing.

What are your favourite sewing/fashion blogs: I particularly love Lazy Stitching, Did You Make that, Pattern Scissors Cloth and the Lingerie Addict!



Handmade By Freya

Freya caught the sewing bug a couple of years ago and is now pattern and fabric obsessed! She desperately needs to commit to making things weekly as her fabric stash is out of control.


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  1. Thanks so much for the mention! What a gorgeous dress…I’ve always wished I could sew. :)

  2. Thank you treacle!

  3. hello Freya, that’s a lovely dress, glad to see another Brit here

  4. Hello Charlotte,

    Thank you! Yes, strength in numbers, that’s what we need! :-) I loved your Horrocks inspired dress too, in fact I might have to download the same pattern:-)