Spring Sewing Swap


I really have to say a massive thank you to Kerry for organising the Spring Sewing Swap.  Through this bit of selfless shopping and fun I discovered teafortwodiary written by Jen and Elena.  My swap partner was Jen and I had an absolute blast shopping for her!

She also did some truly epic shopping and stash diving for me!  Look at the loveliness that I received!


There’s 3m of that beautiful poly – from Paris no less, the cutest little buttons, trim from Cloth House a dress which provides an interesting bodice for infinite skirt variations and a lovely card.  I think the fabric is destined to become some sort of maxi – I just need to decide on a pattern!

I have done a little bit of sewing too, in the last month.  I made a shirt for Boy’s best friend’s birthday – covered in dinosaurs but as I was attaching buttons the morning of said birthday I don’t have any pictures (bad blogger!) but he loves it and it got a ton of unsolicited compliments when it was worn to the Dinosaur Park!  His parents seemed to love telling people that it was a one of a kind and their friend made it for him!  I also got the biggest hug – I hope they don’t get ‘too cool’ for unique clothing anytime soon…

I’m also a hem and some binding away from finishing the Staple Dress that I bought as part of the last Pattern Parcel.  Shirring wasn’t too bad but my machine made some really strange noises whilst doing it – I think I may actually have to mess with the bobbin tension settings next time I take any shirring on – screeching squeaking is not good!

Oh and just to give you all a giggle, we took the rabbits in to have preventative fly-strike treatment and saw a rabbit specialist nurse.  Turns out Buzz is a boy and Woody is a girl.  48hrs later, Buzz became an ‘it’.  Hopefully we won’t get anymore surprises with those two!

So, you never know, I may leave it less than a month to make a reappearance here…  See you soon?!

Vogue 2903 – Fabric

So, back to Vogue 2903!  As of Saturday just gone I’ve got three weeks…  Eek!

On the Wednesday after we’d returned from holiday I had a day off where I was by myself. Much as I love Husband and Boy, it’s nice to have some alone time where I can get things done and think clearly.  As this was all prior to the bombshell weekend, thinking revolved around fabric for V2903.

I knew that I agreed with you all that teal was the colour to go for, so armed with my swatch I went off notion shopping.  I’d intended on getting lining, underlining, thread and zipper, and then ordering the dress fabric.

In the end I ended up buying the fabric for the dress from a home-dec fabric store!  The sample above is the best representation of the colour…

This is what I chose.  It’s a teal dupion style fabric with a slight sheen/sparkle and a slubby texture.  It’s actually several shades darker in real life, but the bright sunshine has kinda bleached out the photo!  Like the taffeta I was originally looking at, it’s entirely man made (polyester) but has more weight than the taffeta.  It also drapes better, presses pretty well and basically I love it!  I hope you don’t mind me going off piste a little?

I also aquired some lightweight calico and dress net to underline with.

And some lining.  Both the lining and dress net were described on the bolt as ‘petrol blue’ but I love the tonal aspect as there’s wasn’t a perfect match to the dress fabric.

Gah, the flash has bleached the colour on the dress fabric AGAIN!  It’s three different colours in three different photos!

On the way home I also bought some fabric dye.  Looking in my bag of fabric on the way back to the car the natural calico fabric was just too jarring against my teals and petrol blues.  OK, it’s only an underlining and the dress will be lined so no-one’s really going to see it.  But I’d know.  And the more I thought about it, the more it was bugging me!

So, after pre-washing the calico I took my first foray into dying fabric.

Just as a note:  When they say wear gloves, wear them!  I stuck my hands in for about 30 seconds and the blue has only just (10 days later) come off my cuticles.  For several days it looked like I may have a slight circulation problem with my hands!

I also finished off my flat pattern adjustments.  Please be aware these are just to fit my body – the pattern its self is really well drafted and goes together well (it did at the toile stage, but I’m ahead of myself…).  Here’s what I changed:

Full Bust Adjustment
Sleeve width adjustment
Shortened the bodice by 2″
Took 8″ off the drafted length of the skirt

After the toile I also added more of a curve under the bust and at the waist.  I’m also going to use the narrower yoke, rather than the wider one.  I thought I’d prefer the wider yoke but I was wrong!  Heh, another good argument for the toile – you can check that you like the style decisions that you’ve made!

Tonight is fabric cutting and basting the dress fabric to the underlinings so that the dress fabric is on the outside, then the dyed calico and the dress net uppermost.

Help Me Choose!

Righty O.  Now that my wrap dress is all done bar the hemming (and I am sooo pleased with it!) I really must start thinking about my dress for Brother in Law’s wedding.

As you know, I’ve already decided on this pattern:

A Vogue re-print of a vintage pattern.  I’ve read reviews and that the yoke and sleeves are attached together and then inserted in the dress (apparently).  I also know that I need 5 yards of fabric (eek) plus a bit of contrast for the yoke.

I’ve decided on a taffeta for the main part of the dress and after my last online musings about it, Ginger suggested a charcoal colour, Symondezyn suggested Navy and Anne a dark gold or bronze colour.  Originally I’d been thinking about a dark teal.  So with these new ideas in my mind I ordered some swatches.

Unfortunately my budget does not run to silk taffeta, so these are all polyester.  I’ll underline the bodice in cotton muslin (the fine cheesecloth fabric) just so it’s nicer against my skin

So, from left to right we have a dark teal, a colour called ‘Slate’ which is somewhere between Navy and a gold/bronze colour, and a dark grey/silver called ‘Pewter’.  I love all three colours!

I scored a gorgeous pair of black sued Mary Jane style shoes on eBay which I intend to wear with the dress with back seamed tights or stockings.  All of the above colours would work really well with this idea and I just can’t choose at the moment!  I’m looking for your advice; Teal, Slate or Pewter?

I’ve made a little poll up in the top right corner, so vote away!

Brave or Stupid?


As I type, I’ve loaded the acetate lining for my shirt dress into the washing machine and it’s going round and round and round… Most of the advice says dry clean or hand wash. So I’ve stuck it into a 40’c wash cos that’s what the dress will be washed at. Am I brave or stupid? Or both? Am I feeling
lucky? I’ll let you know in 2 hours 10 minutes….

Fabric For Sale or Swap!

Liberty on The Line

After my post here about the Liberty Lawn and a chat with Annabelle I’d like to re-home my Liberty somewhere it will be appreciated.  So here’s what I’m thinking…

Would anyone like to swap this fabric for fabric from your own stash or patterns or anything else you’d like to offer in exchange?

Or would anyone like to swap this fabric for money? Oh, OK then, buy it!

Here’s the essential information:

Liberty Tana Lawn in the Nina print, dark blue / navy colour way
2.5 Yards
54″ Wide
Pre-washed, but will probably need pressing again

Make me an offer, either in the comments here or drop me an email!  I’m happy to ship internationally too!

Another Giveaway…


Alexandra Henry Lawn!
But I can’t take the credit for this one.  The beautiful Debbi at My Happy Sewing Place is holding a give-away for two metres (2.2 yards) of fabric from Fancy Moon!  It’s open internationally until midnight on the 11th November GMT. 

So, go visit Debbi and Fancy Moon and enter, you never know your luck!

Also, on the subject of give-aways, don’t forget to enter my give-away here for a Minoru Jacket from Sewaholic!