Sunday, 15 November 2020

Sew Beautiful ITS Palmero Dress

Sew Beautiful by Kennis Wong Book Tour!  I used burgandy Indonesian crepe for the Palmero Dress, this was lightweight and flowing, I think the pattern needs a lightweight or gauzey fabric because of the relaxed fit, the gathered tiers and the elastic at the neckline and sleeve hems. My change to the pattern was to sew the sleeve hem elastic at 2 x 9 1/4 inch elastic and sew the elastic butted onto woven fabric instead of overlapping elastic and a little narrower but it still fits pushing the sleeves up at the elbow.

I also wore it without a bow just knotted to a wooden belt ring. Jule et Lily Grapes Pendant. New favourite dress. The book from Itch to Stitch is just gorgeous. I would pay the price of a book for this dress pattern on its own! I've ordered more lightweight crepe fabrics to make more. I think you could make a lovely skirt from the pattern by cutting the blouse front and back at the waist and adding an elastic casing. I would like to make the top version in a cotton lawn too.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Sew Beautiful ITS Mornington Dress

Sew Beautiful by Kennis Wong Book Tour! I've sewn all four of the woven patterns from this book and there are options for top or dress. I sewed the Mornington Blouse or Dress in 2.1 metres? of Cotton Lawn in Lilac. I lined it in a soft beige crepe blouse fabric, it doesn't crease so there is only the outer layer to iron! This dress is beautiful because it's simply, dreamy and the body is fully lined so you can use airy light fabrics or the same fabric, I used a lightweight microcrepe in beige, which I had already. The sleeves are unlined but you could line them instead of hemming, but I think they drape better as one layer. I've ordered some beautiful lightweight cotton lawn for a delicate Mornington Dress.

Pride collection Jule et Lily necklace, Pastel Rainbow.
This easy to sew projects book is not like sewing books which are geared toward beginners to replace fast-fashion, instead this book offers garments with lovely details for beginners, intermediate or advanced sewists alike, you can create a timeless and elegant capsule wardrobe. There are formal, everyday or even athletic options, there are four woven and four knit patterns. Sew Beautiful is Pre Order for release in December, you can also add it to an Amazon Wishlist. It would make an excellent Christmas gift that keeps on giving!
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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Itch to Stitch Anza Dress - Chambray

Itch to Stitch Anza Dress or Jumpsuit in pale blue Cotton Shirting courtesy of Minerva for review. This is a 60 inch width cotton, it's soft and opaque so brilliant for skirts and dresses or culottes. It has a twill pique weave of navy, blue, and white, it's a warmhand fabric with nice drape. Minerva photos to follow. I pattern tested the Anza Dress in 2017! I will have to source a fabric to make the jumpsuit version. It has beautiful pleated patch pockets, an elastic and drawstring waist, cuffed sleeves, button front and an elegant curved hem.

I cut the front pocket lining and side pocket lining in John Kaldor teal peachskin, the print is quite loud but I saved it for linings. I sewed the hem with a narrow hem foot. 15mm pearlised cream buttons, the blue and pearl reminded me of the beach.