Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lilian Dress - PR

'Inspired by the dynamic Lillian Weber - the woman who sewed more than 1000 dresses to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, PatternReview will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the charity Little Dresses for Africa.' . I ordered the Pattern Review Lillian Dress pattern (£7.80 converted to sterling) because it was an excuse to sew with lace or contrast.
I added length to the front and back, but made the back slightly longer as I feel this is more flattering on me. Also make sure you sew from the bottom of the insert to the top as my inserts ended up longer?
Blue and white cotton floral jersey which I purchased immediately when my local fabric shop acquired it! I really love blue/cream or ivory dainty florals White stretch floral lace, it's lightweight so it shows up more of the pattern rather than the lace detail.
I think this dress would be lovely for a dress down Friday given that cotton jersey is very tshirty but it's also a simple and smart shape.  I want to try ruffle shoulder sleeves with this dress. You could also tape the insert to the front and use it as a staple jersey dress pattern.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Strawberries & Cream Vienna

Vienna Tank PDF Sewing Pattern
Viscose jersey £8.99 Minerva Crafts I only purchased a metre. I love the smooth feel of viscose jersey and the prints are nice and bright.  Cream coloured broderie anglaise from 2015 when I made a dress (unworn), the skirt was panelled so there wasn't enough for a button down blouse. I was able to cut the yoke on a centre seam, the ruffle and ribbons from it - and enough for another. I cut a size 4 which is a uk 10-12.

The sewing is a labour of love, a whole morning, but it produces a gorgeous vest which is also fancy - and it works well for layering. I wore my olive green version in January by the sea.  If you are using a ditsy print or plain fabric you can sew the front 'facings' to the outside for a contrast.
 I won't wear it as a bow but I think it is so lovely tied together too.
Itch to Stitch Vienna Tank Ad 250 x 250