Daisy Chains and Ribbon Ties

Ooh this is so exciting! I’m able to show you the finished dress from the John Lewis sewing bee that I talked about in my last post.

So let’s recap, on the day I picked a beautiful fabric called “Daisy Chain” which has yellow, white and blue daisies and white tulips in garlands.

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And this AKO for Vogue pattern which has cuckoo cover art but very nice line drawings. I don’t understand why this woman looks so angry!? Maybe she doesn’t like that loopy hair do? I like her shoes though, mega cute.

almond rock john lewis daisy chain V1102

Anyway! The weirdness about this dress is that it has a lined bodice but also has pattern pieces for interfacing facings. Now I would never bother to interface along the neckline of my lining only. I’d either use a facing or a lining. Not both!

Lisa, Freia, Charlie and I all sort of shook our heads over this. I made an executive decision to turn the interfacing pieces into proper facings and not line my bodice.

So here it is!

almond rock john lewis daisy chain

Can you believe I had coordinating yellow sandals?

Not sure where the sunshine has gone!

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Come on then, let’s have a look at the back!

almond rock john lewis daisy chain V1102

I used a lovely butter coloured zip with a cute pull tab, and turquoise satin ribbon bow. Not seen is my satin butter yellow bias that I used to hem this epic circle skirt! By the way I took quite a bit off the length of the skirt as I’m only 5ft 5 and it was entering midi-dress territory.

I switched out the fabric bow for a few reasons: 1) the original bow was hemmed (not fully lined for some odd reason), 2) it was humongous, 3) this ribbon perfectly matched the turquoise in the flowers!

On a separate note, it’s very odd to see a photo of your exposed back. I love how it dips though.

almond rock john lewis daisy chain V1102

I think for modesty’s sake I’ll generally be wearing this beauty with a cardigan. But it’ll be great fun when I slip it off and give everyone a surprise with the bow.

almond rock john lewis daisy chain V1102

almond rock john lewis daisy chain V1102

I’m so thankful for the chance to make this pretty little number. I don’t want to take it off!!

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The John Lewis Sewing Bee – with Lisa Comfort

What a happy thing to be writing about.

John Lewis 150 years #150

As I mentioned in my previous post, this past Saturday I was very happy to help celebrate 150 years of John Lewis with Lisa Comfort and some awesome sewing bloggers.

John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

Left to right: Freia (who assisted Lisa during the day), Lisa, Fiona, Elena, Clare, Charlie, Roisin, Me and Emmie.

We held our very own sewing bee in the Haberdashery floor of the Oxford Street premises. We cooed over the fabric, patterns and supplies and stitched up a storm  with the lovely Lisa, our celebrity host and founder of the Sew Over It sewing cafe and shop. There was lots of cackling and pink cheeks amongst the spoolettes as we gossiped over our work.

The photos are the wonderful work of our photographer Brian Doherty Photography, Kim and Holly from John Lewis and the lovely Charlie (who managed to find time to sew and snap pics!).

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John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rockJohn Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rockJohn Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rockJohn Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rockJohn Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

One of the cool things JL have done to mark their anniversary is to launch a line of heritage print fabric by bringing back special edition archive prints and putting a modern twist on them by rescaling the prints and using the 150 years colour palette.

John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

 For instance the colourful brick print was originally a 1950s John Lewis dress fabric.

I went with white, yellow and turquoise floral print called “Daisy Chain” and an AKO for Vogue pattern V1102, a backless dress with a bow. It’s finished and photographed now so expect a post about the dress VERY SOON!

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Charlie took this lovely photo of me. I’m so focused!

Amazingly we all managed to choose different fabrics. And I’m pattern twinsies with Charlie, who also went for the Vogue pattern.

Everyone was so lovely to us during the day, making sure we had everything we needed. Each blogger had an amazing prym toolbox chocca full of notions and gadgets. The shears cut like BUTTER!

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We took the group photo on the new rooftop garden. It was pretty amazing up there and JL have planned some swanky parties to make use of it. Very jealous!

John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

Look at Roisin’s pretty dress. “Winner Winner, Quorn family roast dinner”.

John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

I might even have to buy myself a few metres of some of the other stunning fabrics on offer during this 150 year celebration. Possibly to recreate this little beauty!

John Lewis 150 years #JL150 almond rock

So all in all an EPIC day. I came home exhausted and hoarse and thoroughly happy. I’m so so grateful to have been included on such an amazing event.

More on my finished dress soon!

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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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