Party frock 

When I saw Croft Mill’s tweet about a Sew an share competition that was all the encouragement I needed to make myself a party dress. I recommend you to take a look at the link as there is still time to enter! 

  

This pattern was one of my 12 patterns received as my prize from the Simplicity Bloggers Challange and I had just the fabric in mind, although I did find that it was a bit more transparent than expected so I choose to line as well. 

I lined by cutting the front & back pieces as the dress & sewing as one but this did make it slightly bulky on gathered neckline so it would probably have been better to have drafted a lining using the facings.  

   

I love the casual but dressy feel of this dress, especially the useful pockets! The cold shoulders, although a little fiddly to do, really make the dress feel different along with the open back. 

 
I’ve already worn this to a couple of different festive events & will be packed for my hols☀️I think versions of the other views need to be added to my future sewing list too!  

 

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Traditions 

Hope u all had a fantastic festive season. 

For us it’s all about family & like many families we have our little traditions. When my children were little I always made my girls a new dress for the celebrations and my son would often get a cute little waistcoat. 

Last Christmas, after the birth of grandbaby number 2, I thought this was a tradition that needed to be reborn. This year I found the cutest little owl cotton at my local remnant shop, dug the old waistcoat pattern out the box & spotted a perfect little dress pattern in the Burda sale. 

  
I love the shorter dress with the frilly pants (I can see some of these will have to be done for the summer) but as she would probably be wearing tights I opted for the longer version. The dress should be faced with bias but instead I added a lining as a facing which added warmth too. To do this I just duplicated the dress & attached around neck & armholes before the side & centre back seams. 

   
 

Both patterns were really easy to make & quick..although as usual in the Christmas rush I was running out of time so the machine came to work with me! Buttonholes between clients…what else would u expect from a sewing hairdresser😃

  

Sew & sew…

It’s been a busy time in my sewing room but not with things I could put on my blog! 

I have completed a few tutorials for the fantastic Minerva Crafts which were great fun to do but took ages as I wanted to make sure I was taking pics & adding text that would really help the reader. 

With a daughters wedding next year the making for that has begun but it’s all a big secret for now😃 

Christmas sewing which will be shared once Santa has carried out his deliveries!

Finally I was lucky enough to take part in pattern testing for Paprika Patterns. The Zircon, which was released this week, is a sweater/dress with a fantastic geometric yoke perfect for wrapping up in for these chilly days.

 A stable knit is recommended & I used a lovely soft jersey which makes it a super comfy top but I think I will use a slightly heavier fabric for my next version. There are some fantastic versions pictured on the Paprika Pattens site & if your quick there is a discount on the pattern & suggested fabric. 

I haven’t used many PDFs patterns but found this one pieced together easily & the instructions were great. I thought the shaped yoke looked a bit daunting but following the steps slowly it fitted into place neatly. As I was pattern testing I really did make sure I read each instruction fully so I could give helpful feedback.  

   
I love my finished make & really enjoyed my experience pattern testing. It made me take my time, concentrate on each step & hopefully my observations/feedback helped!