|Gold sequin lace|
|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.
When sewing this top together I used the underlining as my seam guide and adjusted the lace as I went along.
I made sure the lace finish was lower than the pattern hems.
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.
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.
|‘Ta dah’ hands|
|This was my sewing dilemma.|
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.|
|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.
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.