Fantastic Flora

Sorry it’s been a while but I’m back with a cheeky festive party dress.

This is my last Minerva Blogger make of the year and I’ll be taking a break for a while so I can focus on sewing from my ever growing stash!

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This is the Flora dress from By Hand London. I’m really pleased Minerva have started stocking BHL patterns.

I wanted to take on the Flora dress but make it my own, so I decided it needed scallops!

My indecision over the pattern was over the high-lo hem. I’m really not sure that trend and I will ever be friends.

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But when I saw this wine coloured stretch cotton fabric I had an instant idea for some scalloped goodness.

It’s pretty much like cotton sateen but with a duller shine. It feels and looks richer than its price tag but gosh does it attract fluff.

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So I made a few adjustments to the pattern, I rotated out the front bust darts into the waist and in the end I decided a gathered skirt would be easier to scallop rather than the circle skirt.

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I used the adjustable scallop stitch on my machine along with lots and lots of measuring to achieve the right number along the bodice front and back, plus I self-lined the bodice and used a hem facing to make the scallops as clean as possible.

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The dress was worn to my work Christmas party with matching satin shoes, gold jewellry and big curly hair. It went down a treat!

The perfect party dress.

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Dot Dot Dash

Afternoon all!
Did anyone get any black Friday sewing bargains? I bought a couple of pieces of fabric on sale which I’m looking forward to receiving.

Today I’m sharing my attempt at an Emery dress. And I’m not sure it’s my best work. See what you think.

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I bought the pdf of Christine Haynes Emery Dress when she offered it at 20% off. I’d been itching to try it out as I thought it would be the perfect silhouette for me.

I used a Liberty print cotton called Milla in colourway B. It’s just happy colours and makes me smile when I look at it. I bought it from Classic Textiles on Goldhawk Road on a shopping trip with some lovely sewing ladies in August before we went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Happy memories!

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So that’s why I’m pretty gutted this turned out as such a wrinkly mess!

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I made a muslin as always. I made two in fact. But when I cut into my liberty it didn’t fit?! I had to take it in at the shoulders and try and adjust my darts after construction. I hate it when that happens.

I used up the last of my good pink polyester for the lining so at least it feels nice to wear.

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Urrrgh wrinkly back.

Plus something about the neckline is throwing me off. I think it’s too rounded and not boat neck enough on me. I’m so fussy I know.

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I’ll still wear it of course. And I’ll probably try the emery again. I’ll just have to muslin it again to get it spot on.

Sigh… onto bigger and better projects right?

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Black and White and Red All Over

Penguin biscuit jokes are the best.

Quick post here today. I’ve got a pretty simple make to share but it’s definitely easy to wear.almond rock dixie diy ballet dress black and white

This is another Dixie Diy ballet dress. After my horse print version I knew I’d be making a few more as they’re great with tights and cardigans for work.

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The black and white print jersey is from the rag market in Birmingham. It was £1 a metre and I still only used two metres for the print matching along the seams.

I cut out and overlocked the whole thing in under two hours.

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I wish I’d used a straight skirt instead of the rounded one from the pattern so the dress would have a clean straight hem. Oh well. I’m not losing any sleep over that!

My mum says she thinks the dress is a little Christmassy. I suppose those geometric shapes look a bit like snowflakes.

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Right then! That’s enough from me.

I’ll leave you be and let you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Rabbits and Roses

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Another Vogue 1102 hack to share today!

This one was made from a Makower rabbit print cotton that I got from the bargainous remnant sale at Samual Taylors.

It usually sells for £10 a metre. I got two metre cuts for £2.50 each!
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I’m not sure the print is entirely me. It might be a bit too cutesy. But given the price I thought what the heckers.

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I lined it with a rose pink polyester that I got from, yep you guessed it, the remnant bin as well! £1.50 for a 1.5 metre cut. It matches the colour of the roses the Rabbits are dancing around.

Even my thread colour was named “Rose”.

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It really is the perfect staple work dress!

So I’m afraid you’ll probably see a few more from me yet. (Sorry, not sorry!)

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City Lights at Night Cambie

Sometimes it feels like I am last person out there to make a Cambie dress.

But I’m so happy to put an end to that!

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I got the pattern and this luscious voile from The Village Haberdashery. It’s called City Lights Night (say that ten times fast!). In fact everything for the dress came from the shop, a new dress kit handed to me by the postman!

The selvedge of the fabric says “Feel The Difference”. And you do. It’s soooo buttery soft and pretty close to being opaque. Perfect for a floaty girly dress.

Annie has stocked lots of the new gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics line. I’m super in love with the Gramercy prints; the colours of City Lights Night are so pretty and Central Park in Fog is so moody and romantic.

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The Cambie is such a nifty little sewing pattern, I love a fully lined dress. I used habutate lining in black which matched the weight of the voile perfectly. I love it when a plan comes together. Perfect for swishing.

The fit is pretty good I think. The darts could do to be a touch wider at the waist but that gives me a little room for dinner heehee.

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I’m also really happy that the sleeves don’t fall off my shoulders and the armholes fits nicely.

As you can see I went for the square neckline and I omitted the waistband, that combo pretty much stuck in my mind after seeing Roisin’s tape measure dress.

I’m not sure if I’ll try the sweetheart version but I’m super keen to try a button up version after seeing Rosie’s ace candy cane version.

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That’s a (pretty darn) invisible zip and I used a super fine needle as I would have been gutted to have big snarly catches in the fabric.

I decided the triangle shapes on the print should point downwards. That doesn’t seem to be how it was designed to be looked at but who cares, I love it.

And wahey, pockets! I nearly omitted them and then I thought, don’t be so miserable and put them in.


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I’m a big fan of The Village Haberdashery for four simple reasons:

  • there is a most excellent array of indie sewing patterns which I’ve no hope of getting around where I live;
  • the selection of fabrics is guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours because Annie just has cracking taste when it comes to prints;
  • and importantly the customer service is top notch. Annie went out of her way to order me the electric purple chambray for my Belladone while I was stood in the store with her. And even though she could have gotten sick of me bugging her about it, she still emailed me to let me know as soon as my much lusted-after metallic bird fabric hit the shelves.
  • Plus there are polka dot bags and a flat shipping rate, so enough said.

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The finished dress makes me so happy. That’s how all dresses should make you feel right?

I’m going to wear this out to the ballet next week. My mum and I are off to see The Great Gatsby!

Thank you Village Haberdashery.

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