Sway Dress V2

I really love the simplicity of the Sway dress by Papercut patterns. It’s fast and easy to make, and feels so swishy to wear.
IMG_5440Again, I have made my dress with a viscose from The Remnant Warehouse. This crepe-like viscose in teal has sketched stars all over it. The design almost reminds me of some of the Atelier Brunette fabric designs, though not quite as refined, and was purchased for a fraction of the price 🙂

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I made only a few minor changes to the pattern this time. I cut both front and back on the fold as I had the fabric width to do so and the front seam isn’t necessary. I used the round neck style for both front and back. I slightly raised the back neck for a little additional coverage during our cooler months, though looking at the photos I think I may have the dress on back to front in these photos – doh! I guess that just emphasises the versatility of the pattern.

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Unlike last time I made up this dress, this time I included the pockets. I also plan to wear this with a purchased belt, so didn’t make a coordinating tie.

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Before hemming, I hung the dress for the bias to drop for over a week and I really think it needed it. It was a hot mess before I tackled the hem. I think it is mostly straight – it’s never easy to tell – but plan to just walk and swish to hide any hemming imperfections!!

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I imagine in winter that this dress will work well with black tights, brown boots and a cardigan. Naturally it will also work well in my day job – no sitting restrictions and not black 🙂

Now, I did offer some fabric to a reader in one of my recent posts. The winner of 2m of check fabric identical to my hidden check midi skirt is…..

Winner

Yana!! Congratulations! I’ll email you shortly to get your address.

 

 

Hannah Dress by Victory Patterns

Talk about a queue jumper!!

Thankfully, my school holidays have coincided quite nicely with the release of the latest pattern offering by Victory Patterns, the Hannah dress. When this pattern first dropped I knew I had to have it. Initially, I thought I’d wait to see what other people make with it, but then that rational voice in my head was overpowered by an impulsive, sewing obsessed, crazy lady that hit ‘buy’ without even considering how she’d print that brand-spanking-new pattern baby. 

You see my printer is currently dead. So without my work printer due to school holidays, I relied on my father to print this pattern for me. Sounds easy, but here’s where I need to add a big disclaimer to my review of this pattern – my dad did not print this pattern to scale. Any reasonable person would say thanks, and then wait to make it with a pattern printed correctly. Me? I just guesstimated that I should make one size bigger and it would work… well it mostly worked.

So this pattern review will not include a review of the pattern sizing (note the length of my dress – eeek!) , although I believe it would be OK when printed to scale as the proportions seem right.

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Let me say that I LOVE this dress! I love the look and I really, really, really loved making it.

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This is my first time making a hidden placket and the pattern instructions were spot on. I followed them to the letter, which is rare for me and the finished result is perfect. As a result of my pattern printing issues (curse you pattern not printed to scale!!) I found the neckline a wee bit too high, so chopped a little from the front neckline before finishing so that it sits where I prefer. This is just a personal preference thing for me, not a drafting problem.

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That back design just rocks!

It doesn’t happen often, but the Hannah dress construction baffled me almost to the end. When tackling a pattern with such an unusual design it is wise to read over the pattern instrutions before sewing, but even then I could not conceptualise how the dress would come together. Because of this I pretty much followed all of the instructions on the pattern (shock!!) and really enjoyed the process of making.

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I think the construction of the dress is really clever and I liked that Kristiann included instructions for when to finish seams, as I really wasn’t sure how or when they would be finished.

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I really love the deep pockets and the relaxed look of the dress.

The fabric I have used here is a poly, rayon, linen blend from My Hung that has a little stretch. It is extremely drapey, which I think you need with this pattern to achieve a nice look with those back folds. One note when selecting fabric for this frock, along the back neck where all those folds meet the neckline, there are 5 layers of fabric, add to that the binding for the neckline and there can be a lot of bulk to manage. My fabric is about the weight of linen and it worked, but it did need some convicing, You certainly wouldn’t want anything thicker as it would be hard to manage. I think this frock would look fab in a sandwashed silk, which is a plan of mine. A nice viscose would also work well, but my next, which will hopefully happen soon will be made from rayon.

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The shaped hem is lovely, but one of my few modifications was to remove most of the high/low hem. Due to my pattern printing issues, my dress did turn out shorter than it should have. It was too short for me to wear to work, so rather than add a false hem, I chose to shorten it more and plan to wear it with skinnies or leggings to work.

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I really enjoyed making this dress and already plan to make a second with some great rayon that I bought today from Tessuti. When I make my second I plan to start with a pattern printed to scale 🙂 The only change I intend to make to my second it to lengthen the skirt and remove the high/low hem, which is just a style preference for me. I love this dress and I highly recommend the pattern. I don’t often gush about a pattern, but I really love everything about this frock.

Jump on it peeps and make your own Hannah dress!

The Hidden Check Midi + a GIVEAWAY

Sometimes you buy a piece of fabric with no real sewing plans, it just appeals to you and you get it. Stash enhancement is good right? I purchased this poly/cotton remnant from The Remnant Warehouse and when I got it home I didn’t even like it. What was I thinking? How can I ever make anything from this? Then, like it lightning bolt, inpiration struck and I found myself sewing at night during the last week of the school term (crazy!) to make this. 
IMG_5373If I could have a crush on an item of clothing, it would be this skirt. I love it! I am completely in love with pleated midi skirts at the moment and very pleased to find that they seem to be in mainstream fashion too, like this one and this one from Gorman. Pleated midi skirts are so hot right now! (BTW the second Gorman skirt is just lush! But can you believe it’s not even lined! Imagine the delicate silk CDC sticking to your tights or undies – ick! Not what I would want from a $200+ skirt).

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Anyway, I didn’t follow a pattern with this skirt, just worked with the check fabric to create deep pleats and attached the skirt to a straight waistband. I really love the violet colour on the fabric so had to think about fabric placement  to get two violet horizontal lines on my finished skirt. It’s all about the detail 🙂

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I love how the skirt appears to have a stripe along the top, graduating to a check along the bottom, but as you move, you can see the hidden checks. I found the best way to achieve this look was to press the pleats towards the side seams – so the pleats on the front left of the skirt are pressed to the left and the front right to the right, and repeated on the back.

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I added side pockets for life functionality and a invisible zipper runs along the side of one pocket to close the skirt.

I’ve worn this skirt twice since finishing it and it’s already shaping up to be one of my most complimented garments. I’ve even been stopped by two strangers asking about it.

Now as I’m sure you’ve gathered, I am often terribly rushed purchasing fabric these days, often with three nagging kiddies in tow. This means occasionally I slip up and get things that I don’t realise. Nothing too terrible, but I happened to purchase two identical remnants of this fabric from The Remnant Warehouse on the same day. Doh!

As much as I adore this skirt, I certainly don’t need two. So here I am offering my second piece of this fabric to one of my readers. Nothing much to do, but leave a comment on this post and you will go into the draw for 2 meters of this fabric. I’d love to see what someone else makes with it!

Good luck and entries will close 5pm Sydney time on Wednesday, 20 April. 🙂

A Mythical Midi Dress

I’ve been lusting over this fabric since it was first released. I don’t get very caught up in fabric releases from quilting designers, but this was one I had to have. I needed a dress with a herd of Pegasus’ flying across it right? The colours aren’t quite right in these photos. The blue is far more teal, but I had to play with the photos as the lighting today was crap and I’m a pretty crappy photographer.

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This rayon is designed my Anna Maria Horner from her Fibs and Fables range. I love sewing with rayon, but I especially love the swishy-ness when wearing rayon. Swishy, but stable and considerably more suited to everyday wear for me than silk.

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The pattern is a modified version of Simplicity 2215. I haven’t included the front buttons, which is the main change from the drafted design. As you would probably guess, I modified the pattern by cutting the front bodice on the fold along the center front line.  Unfortunately, by modifying the pattern in this way, I didn’t get the right fit across my upper bust and have sewn two small darts on the front neckline to perfect the fit. I also think the pattern is drafted with a little extra ease to accommodate a shirt underneath as pictured on the envelope. The armscye is also a little lower than usual, which also I realised a little too late. Thankfully it just covers my bra.

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The other main change was to lengthen the skirt to my new favourite midi length. I’m completely in love with midi skirts at the moment and I especially love a pleated midi.

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I plan to wear this dress during winter with tights and boots, so I lined the skirt in some coordinating bemburg lining, which you can now get from The Remnant Warehouse. It really is so much nicer than the acetate stuff that you get at Spotty and other shops like that.

I really don’t need any more dresses, but I figure this one will work at school as I can still sit on the ground with the kiddies during group work without worrying.

Now that I’m on school holidays, I’m sure there will be quite a few more posts over the next few weeks 🙂