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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
This is my new Blog all about my passion for sewing, please be patient as I am just building the site, I’m very excited about this new experience and can’t wait to share it.