– April 11, 2021
This is a great little skirt. I wanted a billowing tiered skirt but can’t take all that extra volume. This has a flattering fit around the waist and hips with a nice swoosh and billow at mid thigh. It fits true to size and the YouTube instructions are reallly helpful. I’d consider myself quite an experienced sewist but this is the best invisible zip insertion I’ve achieved. I wouldn’t hesitate to make more of these. You can see my Florence skirt on instagram at Hackknitsew
(verified owner) – April 10, 2021
I ordered the fabric and notions from SizeMe and downloaded the pattern. I would class myself as an advanced beginner sewer. So the instructions an videos are really helpful for me. Also choosing the right fabric is is sometimes a struggle so being able to buy the fabric and notions that are perfect for the pattern is really helpful too. I love my trousers and can’t wait to wear them out. I also made the Florence blouse to go with them and I’m really pleased with the results
– April 8, 2021
Love this dress. It’s a lovely sew and I learned a couple of new techniques. Donna’s sew along video is fabulous and you can dip in and out for help where you need it. The gently elasticated waist is very flattering as are the elbow length sleeves. I’m looking forward to making more Vienne dresses. Must be a good pattern if you want to make more as soon as you finish the last one
– April 8, 2021
Love this blouse!!! It’s so straightforward to put together and the great tutorial is just like having Donna in the room helping you along! It’s such a flattering fit and the darts on the shoulders make the sleeves fit perfectly. I’ve been wearing mine non stop and have already started a second. I can see this becoming a real tried and true pattern with lots of hacking potential now that I have found it to be such a good fit.
– April 7, 2021
I bought the pdf version of this pattern and got an A0 print version. I found the combination of video and printed instructions were really useful and even though I’ve been sewing for many years, there were some fantastic tips which I’ll use in my future sewing
I’ve used a quilt cover to create my dress and I love the comfortable style of the Vienne dress. Although it looks a complicated design, the way you can play and rewind the video helps you build up the confidence to make this dress. It has pockets which all dresses should. I’m planning to create another version as well with different fabric
(verified owner) – April 6, 2021
This is a lovely, well-drafted pattern, with some great anticipation built into it. Size Me Sewing has clearly imagined a beginner maker standing next to their machine saying “oh, no! I’ve never inserted an invisible zip!” and the instructions have been written with reassurance in mind. I added one or two tweaks just in terms of finishing the seams, but otherwise this was a straightforward project, made as directed. The Florence skirt is a lovely, flexible garment which lends itself to being worn with tights and boots or flip-flops! A bonus would be that you can have this pattern drafted to your specific size – I didn’t use this service but what a great, inclusive idea. More power to Size Me Sewing!
– April 5, 2021
Really love this dress – the details of a longer sleeve, the elastic to draw the waist in – all make this a thoughtful sew. I learned a lot from this.
– April 5, 2021
I really enjoyed sewing my Vienne blouses. The pattern is well drafted and the instructions are clearly set out. I did use the video, but only to have Donna’s company as I sewed 🙂 My tops fit well and look nice with both skirts and trousers.
If you do have a problem, Donna is always willing to help you out.
Have a go at this pattern – you’ll love it!
Really enjoyed learning how to do shirring! Set myself a bit of a challenge with stripy fabric so carried on shirring and added a panel to the front v. Instructions very good as with other patterns!
I really love this dress. I’ve made one and have another piece of fabric earmarked for the next. Instructions are excellent and I really felt I learned some new skills in making it. I also felt it was really well designed for a more middle aged body that has been through the rigours of life, with sleeves of a nice length and a shape that is neither sack like nor skin tight, but flattering.