Maya zvezdochka dress

First off I have to say I had the most amazing day on Saturday. I was helping celebrate 150 years of John Lewis with Lisa Comfort and some awesome sewing bloggers. It’s going to take a whole post, possibly two, to do it justice! That’ll be my next post.

But today we took a little walk near the river. There is a lovely garden nearby where I forced sweet talked my other half into taking photos of my new dress.

almond rock mccalls 6833 denim star print dress

This is McCall’s 6833 which is a sort of bustier bodice and I added a gathered skirt instead of a pleated one. Again, this is a dress barely anyone seems to have made! Not sure why. I think it’s super cute.

almond rock mccalls 6833 denim star print dress

almond rock mccalls 6833 denim star print dress

I used a star print stretch denim from Remnant House in a nice indigo blue. They also have it in black. It’s very stretchy and quite thin. My original plan was to make jeans but they would have turned out more like jeggings and I’m not down with that.

almond rock mccalls 6833 denim star print dress

It was so stretchy in fact I could omit the zip!

The dress came together okay. There’s a bit of faffing aligning the darts of the bust cups with the darts of the bodice. Plus it’s pretty low cut so I have to be careful not to lean over too far.

I really like it with the gathered skirt though and the fabric’s stretchy-ness keeps the bodice fitted enough to make me feel like I have a teeny amount of va va voom. I know I’m such a dork.

almond rock mccalls 6833 denim star print dress

So there you have it! What do you think of my dress? Did you know about this cute little pattern?

The dress was happily a wearable muslin for another dress which I’ll be sharing soon. So much to post about, I can’t wait!

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Spring florals (Part 1)

Hullo everyone! I’ve just gotten back from a few days away and am really happy to have a new dress to share with you, which I finished just before I left.

I’m going a bit nutty for super big floral dresses right now. Be warned for my next few posts.
I’ve just finished my second and will soon be starting a third.
Here is my first though.

almond rock simplicity 1880

These beautiful blooms are from Textile Express… I posted a pic on instagram of my fabric sample and it inspired Vicki Kate to purchase some too.

almond rock simplicity 1880

It’s one of their lovely cotton lawns from Japan. You remember my aeroplane fabric from this shop right? Very high quality prints with lovely drape. Check out the rest of their cotton lawn, I dare you.

So back to me larking about in the park.

*DANGER: Lots of pointy elbows coming up!*

almond rock simplicity 1880

This is Simplicity 1880 which the lovely folk at Simplicity sent to me for review quite some time ago. I made a shirt version but now have finally made the shirtdress!

almond rock simplicity 1880

The pattern calls for buttons only on the bodice but after making this up I kept getting distracted by the lack of button continuation. Am I the only one?

So I hacked my skirt up the front, added a placket and more lovely pearly buttons. Heehee I love breaking the rules and ignoring instructions!

almond rock simplicity 1880

I do love the notch collar; it’s so classic. And I worked hard to make the print look pretty on the collar, see the hydrangea peeping through? That’s my favourite bit.

almond rock simplicity 1880

Other pattern alterations included adding a skirt lining and omitting the waist pleats for gathers (both without any major issues). I’m very tempted to make a matching belt to cinch the dress it in a little further. I also made bias-binding for the armholes and used the back facing from the wrap dress variation as Sunni suggests here in her 1880 sewalong.

I hope you like it! Who else has made this one? Add a link in the comments in case I’ve not stalked yours before now.

Well I think that’s quite enough of my razor sharp elbows for now. Toodle pip!

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