Polka dot fun

Last time we travelled I experimented and wore dresses 80% of the time. I enjoyed the experience and found I had less-stress choosing what to wear each day.

Initially I felt a bit over dressed. Wrap dresses like this Sew Over It Eve dress is a great shape for travelling.

This version of Eve is a test dress. The fabric was a cotton remnant from the Fabric Cave.

Using an all over print like this gave me the opportunity to get the fit right.

Honestly I love the fact that it has a waistline, but it’s also a waistline that can change without being obvious.

Even the skirt back width is forgiving.

On the pattern I did a forward shoulder adjustment and lowered the skirt centre back hem to cover my rear.

The pattern does offer a short flutter sleeve option as well as a high-low hem skirt.

If you take a closer look at the inside of the neckline, you’ll notice stay tape is used to finish the neckline. They beauty of the stay tape is you can ease any neckline gaping on the stay tape so the neckline closes against your body.

Now to work on a border print version using a John Kaldor print from Minerva Crafts.

Spring surprise: Vicki’s choice

I love for John Kaldor fabrics. Vicki (Minerva Crafts UK) recently brought in some new prints for Spring and she surprised me by supplying me this awesome print. 

We have still had some lovely warm days here and this such an awesome fabric to sew and wear. It doesn’t crease. It’s such a lovely microfibre fabric.

This Simplicity pattern (7156) has been used before and I love it because it offers a number of bodice and dress length variations, so it was value for money when I bought it and it just keeps giving. 

Our weather is so humid, a loose day dress like this works well for me. This time I’ve sewn a midi length dress.

Print placement
I put a bit of effort in placing the print the right way on the front dress to suit me.
This took a little bit of thought and it has paid off.

I do love these dark colours! And the fabric doesn’t crease.

Technical details
– The seam allowances are overlocked. 
– I’ve used an invisible zipper.
– Bias binding has replaced the sleeve facings.
– I’ve kept the neckline facings.

The back ties make this dress a bit more fitted if you want it that way.

Skirt alterations
The skirt shape was adjusted for my sway back and curves at the time and while I’ve gone down a size, my shape is the same – curvy.

Most weekends I’m a jeans/shorts type of person but when there’s a lunch or afternoon tea to go to, a pretty dress like this fits the bill.

This John Kaldor fabric doesn’t need to be lined. It has a lovely weight to it, falls nicely and doesn’t crease! Oh. I’ve already said that. So really this fabric is perfect for travel too:)

I have a wee bit of this fabric left for a future project too.

Thanks again Minerva Crafts UK.