In the hope that the cherry-print dress turns out well, I am currently lusting after these shoes to wear with it. What do you think?
Using a dramatic Cherry print cotton purchased from Fabricland in Salisbury I have cut out a new style (for me) of dress. I have used Simplicity 1537 view B and added short puffed sleeves from Style 2580. I have made Style 2580 shirtwaister dress before (a long time ago) but the Simplicity pattern is a new one for me. I changed the sleeves as I am not fond of cap sleeves and I don’t think they do anything for me!
You may recognise the prints used for this blouse all of which were purchased from Fabricland. I still had some leftover Cerise Cotton and the Navy pin spot Cotton. As I thought the frill on the Shift Dress looks so good I decided to repeat the combination for my usual blouse. This time I made a note of how long it took to cut out and stitch the blouse. A total of 4 hours which I think is good but not nearly quick enough when you recall the timings allowed for those stalwart competitors in The Great British Sewing Bee! I think the competitors are all great and I admire their enthusiasm and confidence not only for entering the Sewing Bee but also their persistence in sewing “outside their comfort zone”. So the next project that I sew will be a NEW pattern in a totally different style to my recent productions.
I had intended to get this dress made before Saturday so that I could wear to the Preview of my friend’s Art Exhibition. Well that did not happen but when we got home I did manage to finish the dress. I have not sewn with Jersey fabric a great deal but this dress went together like a dream. I especially like the flirty, flippy bias frill at the hem. Although not absolutely necessary as jersey fabric does not fray, I did overlock all the seams so now the dress is as good on the inside as it is on the outside. Although we are now in March and fast approaching the Spring equinox the weather is not very spring-like so I shall be able to wear this dress with Black opaque tights for a few outings before putting away in the “Autumn” clothes storage box.
I made this dress up in April last year but when finished I discovered that it was too short! Since then it has been hanging in my wardrobe awaiting an alteration. As my sewing friends know very well, I dislike alterations. I would much rather make an entirely new garment than set to and unpick something that I have already made and as for ready-made, well that is just a no-brainer! However, I had the fabric and the machines were all threaded up with Charcoal thread so I decided to bite the bullet and do something about the length of this dress. I took down the minute hem and stitched up the vent at the centre back then decided on what fabrics to use for the frill and in what combination. Here are photographs of the before and after together with a close-up of the frill. What do you think?
I have in my stash an old pattern from Prima magazine for a shift dress.
I have made this up several times and with each make I adapt the pattern in some way. I have changed the sleeves from cap to short or 3/4 length, short puffed or long into a button cuff, changed the neckline from shallow scoop to scoop or scalloped and also changed the hemline from straight to frilled, double frilled, scalloped and bias frilled. I have used a variety of fabrics from plain cottons, mix and match prints, embroidered linens, taffeta & lace overlay, stretch cotton blends and jerseys. My next make will be using a Leopard-print jersey fabric from Fabricland in Basingstoke. I will add a bias hem frill and 3/4 length narrow sleeves. With a bit of luck and a following wind I will have the dress completed and be able to wear with Black tights and shoes to the preview of my friend’s Art Exhibition on Saturday!
Back to my old favourite design of the Shawl-collared blouse with 3/4 cuffed sleeves and shirt tail hemline. I used just 2 metres of 100% cotton fabric bought from Fabricland in Salisbury. I could not find any buttons in my stash to match the Teal colour of the fabric so have opted for a safe bet of Black.
For those of you that may be interested I also add a photograph of the insides of the blouse. All seams have been overlocked and the shirt tail hem has been machined.
At long last the pinafore dress according to Butterick B5781 is finished. The pattern has separate pieces for different cup sizes which should have made the fitting easier but unfortunately did not. However, I am pleased with the end result which is pictured below.
Front view Back view
You will notice that I did not pipe the back princess seams as after all the fittings I was becoming a little disenchanted with the project! The neckline is sufficiently low and the bodice sufficiently loose-fitting that I am able to put the dress on as a pullover. I did however fit a zip which I machined and hand-picked (as per the Great British Sewing Bee programme aired just last night).
Can you see the zip?
The bodice is fully lined with the cotton fabric and if I were to make the pattern again I would reduce the lining and make a facing instead as I found a full lining in self-fabric to be too bulky. Now I need some really cold weather so that I can wear the pinafore with a polo neck sweater and thick tights!
Back around July time last year a friend showed me a completed clamshell made using the Clover clamshell pocket templates. I was so fascinated with them that I bought the packs for all 3 sizes, small, medium and large. You may recognise the fabric – scraps and leftovers from Patchwork Blouse no. 1.
Although the instructions advise the use of wadding, I have now completed my third clamshell but missed out the wadding section of the instructions. The largest one has a key fob inside and my cat Jazz was fascinated so another time I will make one with some bells and catnip inside as a toy for her. I am now working on a medium sized shell and this time I am using a fine fleece as the wadding layer on the outer shapes. In the meantime I have prepared a workshop so that the ladies at Sprat & Winkle Quilters can also decorate their homes with clamshells.