You may recall my Sewing Bee related, suddenly feeling inspired to sew again, post from a couple of weeks ago. Well the lovely folks at Weaver Dee (who sponsor my blog - see the badge in the sidebar if you'd like to take a look at their site) offered to send me all the bits to make one of the dresses on my wish list and I figured that would be the best way to get going with it! Having received the stuff for free, I felt a little pressure to get on and do it... I'm also aiming to get it finished for Blogtacular next week (probably the photowalk but that depends upon the weather).
So I went for the Dotty Angel Simplicity pattern I mentioned in my earlier post. I chose these fabrics as I thought they'd be nice and summery - and blue and yellow is a favourite combination! My only concern is that it may be a little more dinner lady-chic rather than chic-chic but let's see!
I also had the added challenge of making bias binding using these little tools - they actually seem to work - not too fiddly and the instructions make sense. The result is definitely better than I would've achieved without them.
Anyway, I haven't finished yet but so far so good. Once I got over the fact that it's a US pattern - so some of the terminology is different, and the flimsiness of it (it's no thinner than any other patterns really, it's just that I've got used to the lovely thick ones from Tilly & The Buttons and Gather so almost tore it a couple of times), it's pretty straightforward and easy to follow. I think I have proven that I'd be no good whatsoever as a Sewing Bee contestant though, as I'm way too slow, but I'm quite proud that the first bit of unpicking was on the neckline so I was well into it by then!
So at the moment, it definitely resembles and dress and it fits! I'm hoping to finish it today. The only bit I'm unhappy with at the moment is the neckline but it does sit nice and flat across the chest - just might need to wear a big necklace to distract from the imperfect stitching!
I'm hoping I can get someone to take some nice pictures of me in the finished dress at Blogtacular - I'll share in another post once I have them!
It's really good to be sewing again - I'm definitely going to get on with that dressing gown once I've finished this one...
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