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Sunday, 17 April 2016

A finished dress in Autumn tones.

I started this dress as a wearable muslin for my son's wedding last year. I abandoned the dress after I decided it would look like a sack in the fabric that I originally chose. However I have finished the muslin now and I'm pretty happy .
The pattern is Vogue 8786. The fabric was from Spotlight a few years ago. The fabric is stretch woven but it is quite thick but I loved the colours. The black fabric was a stretch cotton I had. As usual I am a bit nervous about sizing and I err on the side of too large but that's ok. If I make this again I would make a size smaller.
You can see here it is quite loose.

I like the front and back seams. It is a little difficult to see in this fabric but I think they give definition and interest but not much shaping. As others have found this pattern is on the generous side.
 For the top closure I made a self covered button . I haven't made one of these in years. Possibly the dress is a bit long so I may take it up.

This was very quick to sew up. I think it would be really nice in a ponti type fabric, that has substance to it. The dress would be nice with boots and a cardigan for  Autumn. I will try this pattern again.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Moreish March been and gone.

Hello, I know most people say it but I can't believe how time goes. I haven't blogged for nearly a month. It is such a pain how work gets in the way of doing the things I love but I guess I need to be able to pay for my addictions.
My garment of the month in March was going to be T-Shirts, within the theme of moreish March. Previously I made New Look 6323 here and really liked how it fitted. So I decided I would make a short sleeve version for summer.
I especially love the back in this T-Shirt.
The fabric is a lovely stretch from Tessuti. I bought the fabric at the end of last year. It's beautiful to wear. I have worn this many times . It is like wearing times pj's to work. It is very pretty fabric, so soft to touch and easy to sew.

My idea for Moreish March was to make a pile of T shirts that will work for work and play but alas
work has been difficult  and all consuming. I have had some very difficult students and classes and this makes me exhausted, so sewing and blogging have definitely taken a back seat.. Luckily though I now have a 2 week break and not too much school work to do these holidays.
Here in Sydney the weather is still really warm so these holidays I am going to try and catch up with my sewing and T-shirts will definitely be a priority.
 Also I have gone back to painting this term, which I must admit, has been keeping me sane.

                                         Happy Sewing !