Saturday, 8 October 2016

How to do Fashion

How To Do Fashion is a Danish pattern company I discovered over the summer via the Dragonfly Fabrics blog. I have no links with the company, the designs just really caught my eye and I thought you might be interested too. How To Do Fashion was founded two years ago by Nanna, who has a background in tailoring and pattern construction and a passion for vintage clothing. The designs focus on vintage details and achieving a great fit and there are currently eleven patterns in the range (two are brand new).

I haven't yet sewn any of them, but one pattern - the No.3 Kastrup Blouse - is next in my sewing queue, so I'll be reporting back shortly! In the meantime, here are my favourites. 

This is the pattern I bought - the No. 3 Kastrup Blouse.

It has fitted raglan sleeves (short or capped) and princess seams and can also be made with more volume to the back. I like that it has a very different look in different fabrics. For instance this is the standard blouse made in a light drapey fabric, which gives a smart, retro look.

And here's the cap sleeved version made with two jersey fabrics, which gives a completely different casual feel.

Other designs which caught my eye were No. 8 Svaneke.

I actually like all three pieces from this pattern, even the crop top (although I'd probably lengthen any version I made!) The crop top and pleated skirt look so elegant together.

And I love this striped version of the buttoned blouse.

This is the same blouse with an additional frill placket which changes the look of it completely (there are instructions on how to make your own on the blog).

And finally, No. 6 Kobenhavn - a fifties inspired wiggle dress.

The halter neck would be great for a special occasion.

But it's actually the more sombre version made from wool that appeals to me. I love the collar and the deep V back view. 

It looks like the perfect pattern to re-create one of my favourite movie-inspired dresses from Two Faces of January.

If you like the look of them, Dragonfly Fabrics and Sewbox both currently stock eight patterns in the range. If anybody has any experience of working with their patterns, please do leave a comment, I'd love to know how you found them. I'll be back soon with a full review! x


  1. I shall be interested to see how this turns out as I have a couple of patterns, so far untried. But I have high hopes as I love the designs.

    1. Me too! It's looking good so far, fingers crossed! x

  2. They do look very interesting, especially the one you've bought. I' lol be popping back to see how yours turned out! x

    1. Oh good, should be finished by the end of the week! x

  3. I love the look of these patterns....
    Jenny Frances has a review of the Arhus blouse, and photographs of her version at:
    and the London coat at:

    1. Those links were super useful, thank you very much! x

  4. Ooh, thank you for introducing me to this wonderful pattern company. I've just been looking at their website and I think I would happily make any of the patterns. In fact, I can see that you'd end up with a beautiful mix and match wardrobe if you made them all!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing your Kastrup top :-)

    1. Yes, I like the way lots of the patterns work so well together too! x



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