Handmade / Homemade / Sewing

It’s all about the dress

This edition of the sewing update is all about the dresses.  

First up, the Spring Dress which is a pattern I got free with Simply Sewing magazine, Issue 80 and you can buy a PDF version of the pattern on Etsy here if you want to make one for yourself.  I love this pattern so much, I have made three of these.  

The first one I made is from linen that I got at Drapers.  I have made a few things out of this linen, it is so soft and has a lovely drape.  I didn’t have a pattern in mind when I brought the fabric and so I left the frill off the sleeve on this one as I didn’t quite have enough fabric.  

I really wanted to do a colour block version of this dress so I got some broadcloth from Spotlight and made version number 2.  I love how this turned out but the fabric is a bit stiffer than the linen and doesn’t quite have the same drape.  It is still nice to wear though and should soften up after a few washes.  I left the frill off the sleeve on this one as well.

For the third one, I used the same linen as the red version in a peach and mustard colourway, also from Drapers, and I think this is my favourite.  I had enough fabric to do the frill this time and it was a bit faffy to sew but I am pleased with how it turned out and it gives the dress a slightly different look from the other 2

The next 2 are patterns from Peppermint Magazine.  They have lots of great patterns available for download from their website.  I made a Bardon Dress from orange cheesecloth which I got from Spotlight.  I think it’s because the fabric is a bit stretchy, but this is a tad too big for me.  It’s the first time I have sewn with cheesecloth.  If I make another one I will go down a pattern size.  I love this dress, it is such a comfy style and great for hot summer days.

And last but not least, the latest pattern from Peppermint, which is a collaboration with Hubba Ding, the Bowen Dress.  I made this one size smaller than my measurements and it is very roomy which is the intended style and I love it.  I made it from some rayon I got from Spotlight in a nice autumnal floral.  I am going to make another one in a smaller size for comparison.

That’s it for the dresses, stay tuned for one skirt, 4 colours


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