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Skirt Sew-a-Long: Completed Project

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Pattern Review: Vogue 8711 My sewing group ran a skirt sew-a-long through February and March. I picked an oldie but a goody, Vogue 8711. I absolutely love this pattern and have made it twice before, once in my blogging lifetime here.

You might recognise this fabric from my last tank top but for those of you not up to speed, this jersey was purchased from Simply Fabrics in Brixton priced at £2 per metre. 

I sewed this straight out of the envelope, cutting a size 16. The only minor alteration was that I reduced the waist elastic to ensure that waistband was snug enough. This fabric is thinner than the jersey that I used for my last skirt so it definitely falls differently. This fabric clings less, which isn't a good or bad thing, just different.

I have one other confession to make which is that I didn't trim the seams back enough when sewing this. The lovely Giselle photographed this for me a couple of weeks ago, but when I looked at the photos on my computer I could see all of t…

April Garment of the Month - Dress for Easter

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Pattern Review: Butterick 4443 Happy Easter!
After spending Saturday in sunny Brighton, today in London is a such a contrast. Grey and miserable, but the perfect excuse to curl up in bed with a coffee and catch up on sewing blogs.
So here is my April garment of the month - another version of Butterick 4443.

I have made this previously here and I really love the style of the dress. I picked up this crepe like fabric from Goldhawk Road priced at £3 per metre sometime last year. I knew instantly that it would be great for another version of the dress. It drapes perfectly. As the fabric was quite thin I underlined all of the pieces with some stretch lining picked up from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, priced at £1 per metre. 

I cut a size 14 and made my usual alteration to take in the waist and under the bust. I was very proud of myself as last time I made this dress I altered the skirt to make it shorter and remove some of the fullness. For this I traced a new skirt piece (something I don&#…

Transitional Sewing

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Pattern Review: McCalls 6209 Between the crazy month I had work-wise during March and all of the constant fabric shopping, I had actually been working on some sewing projects. One of them is McCall's 6209. I thought that this would be a great Winter/Spring transitional garment.

So if any of you follow Mimi G's blog, you will know that that this is pretty much a rip off of her fab version. If I had not seen her brilliant fabric choice, there is no way that I would have touched this pattern with a barge pole. I don't know why, but for some reason I found the pattern envelope really unappealing. 
The fabric is a wool and polyester mix that I bought from Toto Fabrics in Poitiers, France whilst visiting my Godmother. I paid €10 for 2 metres - not bad at all. The fabric was a dream to work with and feels lovely when wearing it. In fact it feels like I am wearing a blanket outdoors.

This pattern is supposed to be one of those super quick 1 hour sewing time patterns. This was defi…