I have been trying to write this post for a whole week now but life keeps conspiring against me! The weather keeps being too rubbish to take photos and now we have no internet at home for a few weeks! Aaargh! If I look really tired in these photos it is because I was, I've had a poorly child for the past few days and took the opportunity of a break in vomit watch and a break in the weather to quickly take some photos! (The child is all better now and back at school which means I am back in work and able to use the work internet - yay!).
This dress is the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift dress which I hadn't really given a though to until I bought this fabric whilst out on my recent trip to Goldhawk Road when Marilla suggested it would be a great fit for the fabric. The fabric is so deliciously soft that I was tempted to make pyjamas from it but I needed a new dress more! We went out to a dinner thing last weekend and at first I thought I needed a posh frock but when I actually read the dress code and realised it was smart/casual I decided to make this. Which was a bit of a shame because I had some plans with some silk and a gold skirt. Oh well, there'll be a next time!
I started this dress on the Thursday night, hand sewed the hems on the Friday night then wore it out on the Saturday night - perfect!
I was a bit unsure what size to make as going by the pattern measurements I should have made a size 12 but I have put on a few pounds recently so decided to err on the side of caution and make the 14. The fit is fine so I am happy with my decision and the only change I made to the pattern was to lower the bust darts by 3cm which I have to do to most patterns. I also decided to line the body of the dress to give the fabric a bit more substance. I finished the back with a button and loop rather than a hook and eye, thinking it would be easier for me to do up myself as I do find hook and eyes so fiddly.
I am so happy with my new dress and had a fab time at the dinner thing. I am so pleased I made a new dress for it, it gave me a bit of a confidence boost and helped me enjoy the evening so much more because I wasn't worrying about what I was wearing.
Because I loved the pattern so much I went straight on to make a jersey version in some fab stripy ponte roma that I picked up on the same shopping trip. I felt like I bought a lot of fabric that day but actually I have used most of it already so my guilty feelings are lessening somewhat!
For this version, I cut the back on the fold, kept the rest of the dress as it was and added bands at the neck and cuffs - with anchors on! This dress is the bees knees. It is definitely a pyjama dress and I love it! Since I finished it (last Tuesday) I have worn it 5 times, it is sooooo comfy!
|Checking out my stripe matching!|
It was also incredibly quick to make since the majority of it was made on the overlocker. I think I made it in 2 hours, which is quick by my standards. I do spend an awful lot of time staring at the television when I'm supposed to be sewing!
As I actually finished my dress in time I rewarded myself by sewing up some lovely lounge wear, none of which deserve a whole post of their own. I made a pair of peach hudsons, a banana Lark Tee and a Linden with a gold glitter stag's head!! Words cannot describe how much I love this jumper and I will not actually be wearing this as lounge wear until after the festive period (after spilling red wine down the front on its first outing!). The morning after I finished it I realised that the quality of ribbing I used just wasn't up to scratch so I made the decision to unpick it and replace it with some gorgeous red and white striped ribbing I bought from KitschyCoo. It's true love and I will be wearing this to every festive event I have to go to this Christmas, starting with a Guide party on Monday night!