Simplicity Blogger Challenge

Here it is my entry for the Simplicity Blogger challenge, when I first heard about the challenge I didn’t have a blog but I spent hours reading sewing blogs so I decided to start a blog to share my sewing experiences and so I could enter the challenge.

I chose to enter the Best Dressmaking Project which was the New Look 6145 Shift Dress pattern, this style of dress doesn’t really suit my figure as I need more fitted clothes but I thought that I wanted to give it a go and was excited about how I could adapt the pattern.

I chose a cotton fabric with yellow and green flowers on a cream background.  The pattern was fairly easy to follow, I decided to change the shape of the sleeves and make them shorter and only have a few gathers at the top, I used the sleeve pattern piece from the New Look 6262.


This dress has a concealed zip, I always dread them and can’t always remember how to put them in even with the pattern instructions so I sometimes have to resort to youtube for a quick reminder, this zip went in without any dramas.



As you can tell from my previous posts I love a peter pan collar so I decided that this dress needed one, I drafted the collar using the back facing pattern piece for the back of the collar and for the front I used the front facing pattern piece I used my french curve ruler to give shape to the collar, I think it turned out ok, I top stitched the collar so it would lie flat, I am really pleased with the collar especially as I drafted the pattern pieces myself. I added three yellow flower buttons by collar and I also made the dress shorter by a couple of inches.


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I am really pleased with how my dress has turned out and I think the dress has a bit of a sixties style to it, I have enjoyed taking part in this challenge and I am looking forward to seeing the other entries.


Two More Sewaholic Alma Blouses

Life has been really busy lately and I haven’t had much time to sew,but a couple of weeks ago my daughter got invited to her first sleepover, she was so excited bless her but I couldn’t say the same for me I was a nervous wreck. The party started in the afternoon and with my partner at work I suddenly realised that I would have at least 3 hours of uninterrupted sewing time.

I wanted to sew something quick and that didn’t have fit issues so the Alma view B blouse from Sewaholic was the answer. I already had a lovely navy floral fabric with pink and red flowers and I decided to make the collar in Navy fabric as a contrast, I didn’t bother with the concealed side zip again so the top came together really quickly. This was a lovely make and it definitely kept my mind off missing my daughter, it felt so strange not having her at home and I missed her so much I think I have separation issues, but she had a lovely time and I had some lovely sewing time.

Alma View B

Alma View B

A couple of days later I decided to make another Alma, I chose a black and white flower print and decided to have a contrast black collar, what can I say I have now got three lovely Alma’s that I regularly wear they are comfortable and flattering and I just love the style.

Cutting out an Alma blouse

Cutting out an Alma blouse

Alma Blouse

Alma Blouse

Whats next …….. Well I still have to finish my entry for the Simplicity blogger challenge, I want to make another Mimi Blouse from Tilly and the Buttons Love at first stitch, and the Capri trousers from the Great British Sewing Bee book are calling me.

My First Makes

I have always been quite crafty – cross stitch, altering clothes to give them a new look and I taught myself to knit – needless to say everyone got a lot of scarves for Christmas that year, then the Great British Sewing Bee happened. So after the first series I enrolled on myself on a  couple of beginner sewing lessons at the Rowan Tree Studio – at the first workshop I made a zipped make up bag and a bucket bag, the second workshop I made an elastic waisted skirt, a shift dress and some pyjama bottoms and from then on I was hooked.



Shift Dress