Absolutely Dotty!

I was so lucky to get the chance to review Wendy Wards new book in conjunction with Minerva Crafts.

A beginners guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics.

As you can tell I love my dotty dress. It’s so comfortable to wear.
Read the review here for more details.

Winter skirt in spring!

Not really sure what season I should be sewing for as it’s so changeable!

I really wanted to make another skirt from Simplicity 8342 as I love the feminine shape but as my summer version has sat patiently in the wardrobe since our holiday I decided on a warmer version.

The plan was stretch denim but searching through the fabric stash I came across this woven backed scuba which I think I bought from Fabricland. Not actually what the pattern calls for as it has no stretch but I now had a look in my mind now so decided to go with it and team it up with a Black Faux Leather dress fabric purchased a while ago from Fabricgodmother for the waistband and frill.

As I wasn’t using a stretch fabric I used the finished measurements to decide on the size to cut and it seemed to work well. As the fabric is a little bulky I topstitched each seam to keep seam allowance flat.

For the waistband I cut a longer length to have a tie back instead of a closure. Not sure if I really like this now I’ve worn so it may be altered!

As you can tell I’m happy with the rest of it and it matches perfectly with my shiny shoes!

Now to find the denim I was originally looking for so I can start another😃

Franki Top

Last month I took part in the testing process for the Franki Top from The Wearable Studio which has now been released.

This boxy style top has 2 versions with a high/low on both. I chose the ruffle version.

With a straightforward construction I cut out one evening and put together the following one using a Viscose from Fabricland

I measured between sizes so opted for the lower one, due to the loose style, and it fitted perfectly.

Sorry for the slightly blurred pics I was busy dancing about at work!

Although I don’t usually do frills I like the ruffled edge and the little feature of the sleeve ties. I received some lovely compliments while I was wearing it so this could become a spring staple😃

Thinking of sunshine

With more cold weather hitting us I’m looking forward to the warmer weather by sewing something summery.

I was given this beautiful fabric for my birthday last year and wanted to make a simple design that would show off the pattern.

I decided on McCalls 7563 and went for view A but with long sleeves.

I also lengthened the body sections by 20cm as I plan to wear tucked in mostly.

What a great quick make. With only 4 pieces I cut out one evening & stitched the next.

I’m sure many more variations of this will find their way into my wardrobe as I dream of sunny climates😎

Fabric from Stone Fabric