Pattern Reviews

My Ulimate Summer Dress and the Vaporetto version

I’ve loved Sew Over It’s ultimate shift dress for a couple of summers now and have made several sleeveless versions, always lined in the perfect nude rayon from Sew Over It  https://sewoverit.co.uk/product/rayon-pastel-nude/

Using the lining makes for a much nicer dress which glides better over lumps and bumps and does somehow, help stop as much creasing with wear. Anyway I’ve made several versions of this dress including these summer day dresses. The perfect, or should I say Ultimate, casual dress for a warm day.

The dress itself is a really simple dress to make and ideal for a beginner.

So what do I mean by my ‘Vaporetto’ version. Well, a few weeks ago I spotted an amazing dress a lady was wearing on a Vaporetto, whilst I was on holiday in a Venice. The boat was full of the most beautiful people, all dressed up in gorgeous outfits, think they  must have been going to a wedding. I couldn’t help myself, I rather creepily had to take pictures to remind myself of this beauty. I pretended to be taking selfies!

I’ve since been obsessing about the dress wondering how I could make my own version. Well I’ve only gone and done it and in ‘my opinion’, smashed it! I love the result. The fabric is a viscose linen’ again from Sew Over It ( lined in rayon),  and I’ve used 6cm wide cotton lace from a EBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282285394764

Hope you like my version.

Pattern Reviews

Sew Over It Kimono Jacket

I’m back! Well, kind of. It’s now nine weeks since I ruptured my Achilles and, as you’ll see, I’m wearing my big ol’ clodhopper boot. Two weeks until I see the consultant, and I can now mostly fully weight-bear in my boot and I’m *almost* walking without my crutches, so I can finally hobble around my sewing room – hurrah! It’s slow going and I’ll still have a long road to recovery once the boot’s off, but I’ve definitely got my SewMoJo back – YAY!

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling about that and crack on with my review of the Sew Over It Kimono Jacket…

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I bought this beautiful fabric from Sew Over It quite a while ago and it’s since sold out. It’s sooooo pretty, but it’s chiffon, so it has a mind of its own and tends to fray quite a lot too, so although the pattern is really straightforward, I wouldn’t recommend making it from chiffon if you’re a beginner.

The body measurement chart puts me firmly in a size Small (10-12), but having checked the finished measurements I went with the XS (8-10). I measure 37,28,39 and it’s plenty big enough all over. The curve under the arms has more than enough room for a long sleeve tee, but not for anything thicker, which is fine as I’m only planning on wearing vest tops or tees underneath. I went with the shorter length as I felt it would suit my height better. (The longer one would probably look like a dressing gown on me, though there’s a thought for a future project…)

It comes together very quickly; under normal circumstances you could have this whizzed up in an afternoon, but it took me a couple of days, as I have to keep stopping to rest and elevate my leg. The sleeves are super-easy to sew on; there’s no easing, just a straight line either side to attach them, then another from the cuffs down the sides to the hem.

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I decided to use French seams throughout, including on the neckband, as it gives a much neater finish, hiding all that fraying, and it makes the seams stronger. Sewing around the underarms was quite tricky, as it’s quite a tight curve, so I used lots of pins and took it slowly.  I’ve used French seams plenty of times before, but it still seems alien to first sew with the wrong sides together!

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I machine-hemmed the sleeve cuffs and the hem – even though roll hemming chiffon is normally recommended  – as I feel that the row of stitching mirrors the neckband nicely and also adds a bit of weight and stability to the fabric. My hand-sewing isn’t the neatest and I usually only do it where it’s not going to be seen, so the only part I did by hand was slip-stitching the neckband on the inside.

Aaaaand, that’s all there is to it! Once my boot’s off and I can wear jeans again, it’ll work perfectly as a feminine touch to a simple jeans-and-cami outfit, but, for now, here I am wearing it with a denim skirt combo…

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Pattern Reviews

Flint culottes

I purchased the Megan Nielsen Flint shorts and wide leg trousers pattern as soon as it was released, along with the fabulous Rowan pattern. How I had not heard of this indie pattern company before is unbelievable, I really must do more research in future and not just stick to my trusty favourites. Both patterns I truly love, so no doubt there will be more Megan Nielsen patterns in my future.

I made these in a blush pink crepe twill from Sew Over It. It’s a perfect choice and a dream to sew up, I’m currently eyeing up the navy twill they have, think that would make a fabulous cropped pair of Flints.

I played it safe with the length and shortened the trousers to fit just below the knee. Having said that I’ve seen some fabulous full length and cropped length Flints appearing in blogs and on Instagram, so think in my next pair I’ll be more adventurous.

The flints come with the choice of a clever tie waist or button waistband. No zips are required. I went one better ( in my opinion, for how I want to wear them ) and used 2 trouser hooks, so I didn’t need buttonholes and also the waistband is nice and has a nice clean unfussy finish. As I plan to wear them with either Sew Over It’s Ella top, Papercut Patterns Coppelia wrap top or even one of my (many) Rowan bodysuits, I think the waistband chosen is perfect, although I could have done wih a firmer interfacing.

The pattern itself was remarkably easy and quick to make up, there is a sewalong but in all honesty the instructions are excellent, so I didn’t need to refer to the extra guidance in the sewalong.

Size wise, I went with the instructions and they’re accurate . Other than the length, I made no alterations. I think with this style, as long as you get the waist right, you can’t go far wrong with fit.

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