Adelle boosts her sew-jo with In a Haystack

Hi, I’m Adelle @button_and_pip and at the start of this year I found myself stuck in a rut. I had a collection of patterns that I was using since the start of my dressmaking journey and when I looked through them I noticed they were all from just a small handful of pattern companies. It led me to lose my sew-jo and not feel inspired to make anything. 

When I first saw a post about In a Haystack on my Instagram feed, I was at first a little worried about paying for a pattern I hadn’t chosen. Then, after seeing the first pack, I thought YES! This is what I need to get me out of the rut I was in. So I signed up and waited for my first email.

When I saw the email drop into my email box I was eager to see what the pattern was! My first pack included a dress pattern from a pattern company I didn’t know anything about and I was instantly excited to get sewing. I fell in love with the pattern so much I also bought the same fabric as the pattern sample. 

My first pattern was the Lucy dress from Workshop patterns. The Lucy pattern is the ideal day to night dress. It can be made either midi or mini length, with or without sleeves and with or without an open back. I’ve enjoyed this pattern so much I’ve made both versions!

For my first Lucy I wanted to be able to wear it for work so I went with the midi length and without the full open back. The front bodice shaping comes from bust darts and pleats at the waistline. This gives the upper part of the dress an interesting loose shape and complements the movement in the fabric. The neckline and armholes are finished by just turning over the edges but, because I want this garment to last, I decided to add a bias binding edge to these sections.

For my second Lucy I went for a party dress: short mini length and a full open back! I wouldn’t be able to get away with this Lucy at work!

My sew-jo has returned and each month I’m excited to see what’s next. I now have a list of plans for what to try next: North Shore Swimsuit from Greenstyle Creations, an Anya bodysuit from Pipe Dream Patterns and an Adrianna Skirt from Athina Kakou

To see more of Adelle’s makes, check out her Instagram page and YouTube channel.

If you’d like to try a digital sewing pack, there’s still time to sign up for next month’s here! There’s also plenty more information, testimonials and reviews for you to have a peek at. Every month you get an indie PDF pattern, fabric shop discount, exciting treat and lots more goodies and knowledge straight to your inbox.