Too easy

Remember this dress I made for Sewessential UK?

We’ll I’ve used Simplicity 1425 View D for this new top. It pairs well with my navy and red skirts.
The colours in this print are so uplifting. It’s the John Kaldor Hermione red blue fabric.
It’s not easy to find a print that’s as strong as the red in this skirt.
I’ve used an invisible zipper instead of the centre back buttons – because I can’t reach that far. 

John Kaldor fabric is easy to sew, wear and as always…doesn’t crease:)

This outfit became one of my Me-made-May pieces that I wore earlier this month before it got cold.

Memory lane

Gold sequin lace

I finally found the time to use this remnant from Minerva Crafts with Olive pattern by Lolita patterns. 

The original Gold logies dress made from this gold sequin lace fabric last year is so lovely to wear. I wore this dress to a function recently so it was time to use this fabric one more time. 
Here’s the original dress worn last year,

While it’s Winter here, we had some warmer weather so I tried on the pink floral versionfor work and found it still fits nicely. The v-neck change I made is my favourite. Then I made the pattern up twice in again and decided it was time to finally use this sequin lace fabric. I couldn’t find my original test pattern so I had to re-trace my pattern pieces to fit from the final printed pattern.

The seams are 3/8” wide so the seams are overlocked. My original dress also has overlocked seams and when I wore it again, as it felt so lovely, it was easy to decide to use the same seam finish.

This lace does move quite a bit so I cut out the lining layers first and then used these as my pattern template over the lace. 

When sewing this top together I used the underlining as my seam guide and adjusted the lace as I went along.

I used paper scissors to cut the sequin lace fabric. The sequins are sewn on in swirls so while the carpet did sparkle a bit as I sewed; there wasn’t a torrent of sequins. I’m still finding a sequin here and there in my sewing room.

The selvege on this fabric has a lovely lace finish to it was, so I placed the sleeve hem and peplum hem on it so I could make the most of this feature.  

I made sure the lace finish was lower than the pattern hems.

I tried to use the rolled hem foot on the interlining hems but the result was really bad so I ironed the hems finely and then sewed these using a normal sewing foot.

I can pair this top with jeans or an evening skirt.

I’ll show you the two earlier tops soon. I used Liberty art fabric from Minerva Crafts.


Call it Summer madness – #pineapples. Here’s the top/skirt pineapple combo I made last year.


Then Darn Cheap Fabrics put up pics of their pineapple print fabrics on IG. All I’m saying is their phone purchasing service is quick, just like their mailing service.

Here’s a simple romper – made in one day. McCalls 6362.

This pattern is designed for wovens and since this fabric has very little stretch, I made it without a zipper in the back but used lace elastic at the neckline and armholes. I’m rethinking this and about to add a zipper at the centre front neckline – in black of course.
I’ve used this as a go-to piece when the weather is hot/steamy and I’m lazying around the house. Well I don’t lazy too much when I can sew instead.

You know how they say ‘what you do on the first day of the year, you’ll do all year?” Well I cut and made this dress on NY Day – Vogue 8949.

I’m aiming to blend into the garden.

I originally used this dress pattern for my December Minerva Make and it’s such a great fit and my current fitted go-to dress for Summer – ‘now with sleeves’. Yes. It’s fully lined. 

The day I wore it is was great to wear but I felt a bit meh, so I added the zipper to the front right seam for a ‘bit of interest’ and raised the hem to just above the knees.

I keep the zip closed for work. 
Now I’m thinking of applying a longer zipper in the front skirt seam for an evening version. 

Uhm … I have enough of this print left to make another dress but this fabric is fairly firm (linen) so I’ll have to pattern dive and find something with interest.

Minerva make – Cocktails

It’s always party/cocktail time in the lead up to Christmas so a new party frock using a great John Kaldor print from Minerva Crafts and Vogue 8949 fits the bill.

‘Ta dah’ hands
 The party dress kit from Minerva Crafts includes the pattern, fabric, lining and zipper.
The John Kaldor fabric is soft with a slight sheen. It’s easy to sew and lovely to wear.
Vogue 8949 is lined and you can also interline the pattern pieces for a more couture finish.
I didn’t test this pattern. I did my pattern changes on the pattern tissue and then made this dress using 10 at the top and 12 on the waist and hips. The tech notes are here.

Construction challenge
While I was working on the skirt I have a kerfuffle moment with the centre front panel.
This was my sewing dilemma.
I made sure the centre front panel lined up with the bodice and waistband.
Sam made the dots line up beautifully on her posh frock earlier this year. She’s really clever.
Then I kept wondering what I could do about it.

And then the back dots lined up in a way but the pieces lined up perfectly.

The pieces lined up beautifully and I stressed about the dots.
And I stressed about the print. From the view of everyone non-sewer that has seen this dress, they loved this.
The sewn in peplum feature is really pretty.
My hems are always lower at the centre back.

So I wore this dress to dinner on the weekend and loved it. On a warm night, catching up with friends, this dress is a winner with our warm weather. I can’t hold a grudge when this dress feels lovely and fits so well.

As they say, “if it fits, wear it!” Enjoy the festive season everyone.

Peppy eyelet

I just couldn’t get on with my current projects until I gave this pattern another go. Peplums are everywhere and I have a summer holiday coming up in June so I made this top again in a white/purple eyelet from My Hung Fabrics to wear during the day with shorts or skinny jeans.

The adjustments this time were
– reduce the bust darts and centre back darts by 1.5cm
– add 1.5cm at centre seams on peplum, so the flounce is untounched
– drop the neckline and fix gaposis
– redraw the base of the cap sleeve.

And the neckline is now a v-neck.
Here’s the redrawn sleeve pattern. I took more off the sleeve length at the base on the sleeve, using a french curve. The peplum is still 2″ shorter than the pattern.

There’s a row of purple piping on the edge of the cap sleeve. The sleeves are lined. Bias binding is used to finish the neck edge, hem, zipper seams and sleeve edges. I’ll be wearing this as you would a basic white top.

I have visions of using this pattern for a casual jacket but for now, I have to get back to my planned project commitments in between cleaning the house. I know – both situations are sad:)

School teachers always tell you to sit up straight.


Enjoying a few rays before more cleaning.

PS: I’m ignoring the fact that ‘winter is coming‘. Can you tell I’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently? Love it.

The Great British Sewing Bee episode 4.
Congratulations to the finalists. You lucky sewers in the UK can put your hand up to be part of series 2.