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.


Lovely fabric remnants can’t go to waste, hence this silver/lace frock using White Tree fabrics

I don’t have unfinished objects (UFOs) but I do have ‘fabrics in waiting’. There are ‘notions in waiting’ which accounts for why some of my clothes don’t have the same lining colour or exact matching zipper.

I’ve used Simplicity 1425 again as a dress. At some point I’ll used Simplicity 1425 as a top. I love using this top as a dress at the moment. It’s a lovely Summer style.

There wasn’t a ‘balanced piece’ of lace left so the back of this dress is bare – needs ironing.

There was plenty of silver fabric to make a dress but only a variety of odd shaped lace pieces for this dress. I used all of this lace that I had for the earlier Karen Millen style dress

This silver/lace dress is inspired by her work. So the lace balancing work is on the front of the dress.

The back has no lace because I didn’t have enough lace to balance the overlay without it looking ‘unfinished’.

There was a bit of hand sewing involved. I used this hand sewing time to decide if adding odd bits of lace on the back was worth it or just an exercise in ‘bad design’ taste. The conservative side of me won on this occasion.

This little silver number is fully lined and needs to be because the silver fabric feels rough. The smoothness of the lining makes this dress easy to wear. I was very delicate with ironing both fabrics because they don’t need much heat and I don’t want to melt anything. This may be a ‘dry clean only’ dress. Off to the press it goes:)

Seeing (sewing) in the new year: lace

Green is my year-round favourite colour. When I saw a few green lace fabrics on Pitt Trading’s IG account, I was at the store asap because they have lots of end of designer rolls.

I welcomed in the New Year with this lace dress.

I find working with lace is like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle and I love jigsaw puzzles.

The lace:

This has a two-row repeat – large flowers and smaller flowers.
This lace is sofe and was lovely to sew with.

This lace has additional embroidery to the flowers so it was easy to know which was the right side. 
Here’s how I layed out the back skirt pieces with the pockets before cutting into the lace.

The lining:

I draped this lace over blue, grey, purple, skin-toned and white fabric. 

Blue lining was my favourite and lots of you  loved the blue lining too. The blue adds more depth to the green so blue fabric won. 

See what I mean about the blue fabric?

A fitted bodice was a must with an interesting neckline accentuate the lace so I chose Simplicity 1425 View C.

The neckline wasn’t a deep as I thought it worked.

The back is plain so it was easy to sew in an invisible zipper and line up the seams. The pattern is designed for buttons at the back and not zippers.

I chose to balance the lace on the back bodice instead of trying to match the lace at the zipper seam.

I ran out of time to add a sassy, pencil skirt so I added my basic A-line skirt with side seam pockets. 

I wore this dress to the NYE party we went to.

Without making a test dress (not like me) I sewed up this dress with the side seams sewn up last. This made it easy for me to size it down to fit me.

I made the 12 size based on the pattern information but realised I should have made the 8 with a 10 waist. 

I also had to shorten the front bodice pieces, which meant a bit of unpicking and resewing but I was on holidays so I had the time to do this.

I did a full bust adjustment on the bodice and it sits nicely on me.

Here’s my second try at making Simplicity 1425, using Pitt Trading fabric from the stash.

This pin-striped top above is my second attempt and tweaking the pattern. This also gave me a better idea about sizing. Did I mention I took out 10cm out of the side seams on the dress. 

Mr V took these photos way after midnight.

It’s all good! 
I’ll be using Simplicity 1425 again for a dress/top this Summer.

Pitt Trading has their Summer sale on and if you can’t get to the store, they have some of their fabrics listed on their website now. From the website sale fabrics, I bought spot dot and cascade.

All the best to everyon for 2016.