The Blogger


Sew2pro: a blog for steady progress from flops to couture

My name’s Marijana Urbany and I’m a self-taught dressmaker and pattern cutter in South London.  I started this blog in 2012 as an experiment. I was struggling to get interesting work after being a childminder and thought I’d blog my progress of learning to sew and design with view to eventually turning my hobby into a career and making clothes for others.  After four years this blog did eventually lead to interesting work though not as a sewist. But that’s another story…

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21 thoughts on “The Blogger

  1. Very informative! I like the way you have explained how you made your dresses. Your daughter’s coat is fabulous.

    • Thanks very much! Next Monday we’re off to the pub after class for an end of term meal! Please join us if you can!

  2. Hi Marianna
    I’m Adrian’s friend, we met at the exhibition. He sent me the link. Love the blog, and your sewing is amazing, I wish I was good as talented as you! I’ll definitely be following, Eleanor

  3. Trying so hard to draft a pencil skirt I see u have the basic sloper can u do a tutorial on how to make it into a pencil skirt or please email me the extra instructions please! Thanks!

  4. can you help me please i am making a dress from 1900
    i am very good with sleeves but this on has me stumped
    top cap is pleated thankyou for showing how thats done
    from topcap to elbow it appears to be pipe design to elbow
    beacuse it is very bagy from cap to elbow
    then skin tight to wrist
    if i do the 45degree angle to the elbow i get the mutton design
    which this is not
    i can not match my lines up to reach the lenght of the arm hole
    if i go out 45 from elow then stright up you can see the bend
    and it looks wrong i am using scrap material for each new line
    i draw but i am at a lost
    is there any chance i could send a picture
    yours sincerly
    australia calling

  5. Lovely, LOVELY blog, Marianna! You’ve inspired me to learn to sew… the (jeez, could I make life harder for my self) way – that is, using Akiko Mano’s lovely book (in French).

    I look forward to sewing in English one day.

    Meanwhile – how do YOU create accurate seam allowances when tracing patterns? I’ve googled it, of course, but just wondered how you do it? Must add, I’ve been adding .5cm to everything because I’m a happy novice and this – literally – cuts me a little slack 🙂


  6. Dear Marianna,

    I access your website accasionally. Thanks for your detailed sewing process .

    I like fashion design very much. I have been learning drawing for 2 years. Currently, I persist do some basic drawing practice, such as clothing pictures. Hope I can get my first sewing machine soon, then try to make some nice dresses with the methods you provided. Don’t worry, I mean I wanna learn some methods rather than copy directly.

    Dress making should be my dream. I will follow your website. Wish you can creat more new works.

    May I ask are you in the UK? I studied business in the UK for three years. Hope I’ll be back soon.

    Warmly Regards,


    • Hi Autumn
      I think it’s great that you are going to take up sewing. Let me know how it progresses. Good luck!
      Marianna (yes, in the UK)

  7. Hi Marijana,

    I am the fellow blogger who recognised you last Saturday on Goldhawk Road! 🙂 Just as I was reading about the Six Napoleon Dress challenge I realised it was you. Great challenge by the way, I have started drafting a Vivienne Westwood inspired dress a few months ago while doing a pattern cutting course, and this would be a great way to motivate myself to finish it…

    • I’m so glad you got in touch Etemi!! I didn’t make a note of your name straight after seeing you (it was lovely that you said hi!) and when I got home, late, went looking instead for the closet costumier. I’ll keep an eye on your progress. And good luck!

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  9. I made the Russian Cossack hat out of black plush fleece. Boy, were you ever right about the mess! But, I love the hat and wanted to write and thank you for posting the instructions. I can’t wait to try more of your creations.

    Your friend,

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