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.

almond rock dixie diy ballet dress black and white

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.

almond rock dixie diy ballet dress black and white

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.

almond rock dixie diy ballet dress black and white

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!
almond rock vogue 1102 makower rabbits

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.

almond rock vogue 1102 makower rabbits

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”.

almond rock vogue 1102 makower rabbits

almond rock vogue 1102 makower rabbits

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!)

almond rock vogue 1102 makower rabbits

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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!

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.


almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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.

almond rock cambie city lights night art gallery the village haberdashery

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Sew Bossy! An Adventure With A Wax Print Dress

Hello hello!

This weekend was a real fun one. I went to the SewBrum meetup. There were lots of familiar faces and nice new ones to meet and chat with. I shopped up a storm getting some right bargains. They’re all washing as I type, and my brain is cooking up sewing plans for them.

But the real reason I’m posting today is my Sew Bossy dress!

almond rock sew bossy what katie sews wax print lea dress

I partnered up with Katie of What Katie Sews so head over to the blog to see what I sent her.

Katie sent me this gorgeous wax print fabric. It reminds me of sweets and also croissants (sort of) which makes me happy. I also got the Léa dress pattern from Jolie Marie Louise.

It’s a really cute woven dress with a heart-shaped neckline, front button closing, a back vent and front pockets. Princess seams help create an hourglass silhouette, even with my limited curves.

Plus it’s just like a H&M dress I used to have that I wore to death, so yay for second chances.

almond rock sew bossy what katie sews wax print lea dress

All this gave me a rocking ride with print matching! How do you think I did?

almond rock sew bossy what katie sews wax print lea dress

I’m pretty happy with the entire front, the back princess seams and the waist seam. Only the centre back and the side seams didn’t pan out as I hoped, but you can’t have everything right?!

almond rock sew bossy what katie sews wax print lea dress

Sewing with wax print was interesting; it’s got a nice stiffness that worked well for this dress. I had to make sure I didn’t melt the wax with too high an iron!

I overlocked all my insides so the dress is neat and snappy. I used pink for binding the armholes and blue for the pocket linings, plus black buttons. It’s fun to have a colour scheme.

almond rock sew bossy what katie sews wax print lea dress

So there you have it! I’ll definitely be making this dress again. Maybe in a pretty jewel coloured cotton sateen as a party dress. What do you think?

Thanks Katie for Bossing me about so well! Heehee.

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Pass The Wine – Vogue V1044

Phew, what a project. This is Vintage Vogue 1044, an original 1956–1957 pattern.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

I started off thinking of this as a shirtdress, but that seems flippant.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

It’s a mid-length dress with a pleated button-front bodice, and has a front and back yoke that extends into kimono sleeves. The skirt is gathered, but also designed with a snap closing in front and inverted pleats.

Everything came together when Kath shared a photo of this pattern on her instagram account. You could have bowled me over when she offered to send me her copy. I had been searching for a very long time for a copy in my size and it was like a dream come true when the post turned up from Australia.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

I chose this dress for my Vintage Pattern Pledge as a challenge to myself, to prove I could handle a complex pattern that used vintage techniques. And I think I’ve been pretty successful with it!

The pattern suggests Crepe, Shantung, Batiste or Taffeta but I picked this wine coloured Linen as I knew it would be well suited for the pleated bodice while still having enough drape for the skirt. Plus the colour is lush! Covering buttons for the bodice just seemed like the right choice too. Plus there was Gutermann thread in a perfect colour match.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

Taking time and effort with this pattern was very important to me. I made three muslins of the bodice to correct fit and practice the complicated placket instructions.

During a bout of internet research I found some brilliant tips for this dress: I changed the order of some of the steps (e.g. sewing my darts after my pleats and stay stitching my corners before assembling the yoke). I also reinforced the sharp corners where the yoke joined the bodice with squares of silk instead of the suggested seam binding.

The yoke facing is entirely hand-stitched and so was the epic hem (I added some lace trim to the hem for a sweet touch). The visible seams are pinked which gave me the chance to use my Grandma’s pinking shears she used when we sewed as a younger woman.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

I was very respectful of the pattern up to a certain point but I just couldn’t get along with the snap front skirt. It gaped and didn’t hang right, and to be honest seemed rather unnecessary. I instead recut a standard skirt and unpicked the right side-seam to hand-sew an invisible zipper.

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linen

It’s a shame, but I had to up the exposure on the camera to show the details, the colour is a beautiful rich red. I feel so elegant in this dress. And I’m even happier that the dress matches a pair of shoes I already own, yippee!

I think the only thing I wish I’d done was add pockets. Maybe next time?

almond rock vintage vogue 1044 linenRight, pass me the wine. It’s time for a celebratory drink!

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