Wanda revisited

I always wonder if old patterns I made still work so when I was about to make this dress in silk, I thought I should make it in a fabric that was easier on my anxiety level.

Working with silk is always a raised anxiety level project so when I used this paisley damask fabric, the chill factor kicked in.

Piping worked again on the neckline at that the waistline too.

The bodice is fully lined for this version and I’ve hand sewn the hem.

This fabric didn’t need to be matched but all the seams match.
The key adjustment was made along the bust pleats. They are too wide so I had to hand stitch the outer bust pleat. It just looked weird – out of place.

Another dress pattern that works!

My little red dress

While this year has flown by I still remember buying this butterfly silk print from Selective Fine Fabrics and thinking ‘this would make a great blouse’. It’s become my little red dress.

Running in style had some really good ideas to plan a little red dress.

I chose the Wanda dress by Eliza M that I made this time last year in a snake tencil print.

The bodice pieces were already adjusted and this time I fully lined the dress.

I still used the size 12 but I moved in the bust pleats as they were too close to the side seams and not under the bust. 

The aqua piping from earlier this month was used at the front waistline.

The centre back zipper seams all matched and if I’d bought enough fabric for the dress I would have matched the print too. Over buying fabric does make the difference if you want to match prints across every seam point.

The side hem hints at the piecing I did to get enough fabric from the silk I bought.

The piecing simply looks like a shadow.

Fully lining the dress makes it sit better while the hemline looks like it’s dancing.
I wore this dress all day on Christmas Day and it felt like wearing a soft feather.

The colours in the print drew my eye so I’m pleased I was able to squeeze a ‘Wanda dress’ out of it.

Happy holidays everyone.

Loving prosecco this Summer.

Snake sass

February is when Sydney swelters, so a sassy dress using Eliza M’s Wanda dress and some silky snake print from Minerva Crafts UK sounded sumptuous.

Then I read the magic word – Tencel. Love the feel and quality of this viscose. 
Grey is also great for pairing with black or white or a contrasting colour. Or anything really.

When you look at ‘Wanda‘ above, she demands attention so I thought, maybe, just maybe, I could be as sassy as ‘Wanda’.

Online I could only find one review by Sewing Angela. So I read this review thoroughly and made a test version as a top.

The review reading and test top resulted in a lovely Summer sass dress.

A dress this simple called for piping and Minerva Crafts has a pre-made piping I snaffled for this dress.  I do prewash my fabrics and this time I also prewashed the piping too. 

So the piping came out of the wash all crumpled but it ironed up like new #phew.

This version is a 12 size at the bust and 14 size from the waist. 

It’s Summer and everything sticks to me with the humidity so a flowy, tencel dress is what makes Summer events more fun.

The pattern:
This is the first Eliza M design pattern I’ve used. The pattern is printed on brown paper bag type paper so it’s firm and noisy. There was plenty of spare paper so I was able to trace off the bodice in the redrafted sizing with the adjustments I needed.


Once I had the correct size, the two adjustments were folded out 2cm from the front bodice and took out 2cm from the centre back neckline, for a closer fit.

My plan was to use french seams for this fabric but I chose to use a three-thread overlocked edge. It’s very smooth a delicate while not creating a ridge under the seam.

What’s to love about this pattern?
The neckline, the skirt style and the fabric. 

The neckline is a sweetheart style and the fabric just flows and flows.

The challenges
The instructions don’t have illustrations to show the right and wrong side of the pattern. Only RS and WS are used so I found it hard to double check my work as I sewed.

If you have a look at the pattern photos above, you’ll see there are no markings for the bust, waist or hips, so I worked that out for myself. I need these markings so I can paper fit quicker without making a test version.

The pattern has a waistband that gets sewn inside the dress. I couldn’t figure out how (steps 10, 14 and 15) and I added piping at the front seam so I didn’t use it.

The overall instructions made sense.

This is a great Summer dress made from a lovely Summer tencel fabric that I can dress up or not. I’m still glad that I’ve made this dress and definitely using tencel fabric. 

Thanks Minerva Crafts!
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