It is now over two weeks since I returned from the fabulous Sewcial Retreat organised by Viv of Purple Stitches and held in an Oxford hotel. Now that the restrictions of self-isolation are keeping me at home it is about time that I updated my blog with details of the other projects sewn.
Most of the Saturday at the Retreat was spent making this pretty Shirtwaister dress using my TNT pattern and fabric from my stash. This was a pretty pink floral on Grey background 100% cotton that I had bought sometime last year from Fabricland, Salisbury branch.
In preparation of the Sewcial I had already cut out the fabric pattern pieces and applied a woven fusible interfacing where required to the collar and front facings. Once at the Retreat and having already stitched two cropped cardigans I re-threaded the sewing machine (the overlocker was being serviced) with Grey thread and set to with my favourite dress pattern.
There were no complications with the construction – mostly sewn using French seams, including the concealed side seam pockets. The top collar was cut on the bias and I was particularly pleased with the motif placement of posies of roses. I made a double folded very narrow hem on the 4-panel skirt and hand stitched the double bias binding on the wrong side of the armholes.
This dress is one of my favourites in this style and is now complemented by the Pink Jenna cropped cardigan that was made last week.
Dress completed 14th March 2020