There are some patterns which, no matter how long they have been around, are always popular. The Nina Lee Kew dress and skirt is one of these. Whether you are looking going for a heavy corduroy midi skirt to see you through the winter months or are sewing it up in a light and flowing cotton lawn, this pattern looks stunning.
Despite my obvious love for this pattern, it was actually one of those patterns that I had always avoided as it involves quite a lot of my arch nemesis… BUTTONHOLES… durn durn durrrrrrrrrn!
Now I know, you’re probably raising your eyebrows at me at how much of a baby I was being about buttonholes but honestly, even after sewing for a few years I found them really intimidating.
Enter stage left: my Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0
Quite a lot of my buttonhole fear stemmed from my super old machine. When I invested in my new one I decided to take them on and you know what? They weren’t painful at all. So I really encourage you to give them a go if you haven’t before. And if you don’t have a sewing machine with a one step buttonhole then try going to an open day at your local sewing store and trying it on one of their machines.