Deer And Doe Myosotis Dress

deer and doe myosotis dress

I have so many opinions about the Deer And Doe Myosotis Dress! Which makes for a good sewing pattern, don’t you think? Nothing worse than indifference, after all.

I was inspired to sew this after trying on a dress in COS. A cotton dress that cost £80. Nah, mate, I thought, placing it back on the rack. I own a sewing machine.

And I LOVE my Myosotis dress. It’s a loose-fitting shirtdress with a tiered skirt. I would never have considered this pattern if I hadn’t seen Rachel of The Foldline wearing it at The Sewing Weekender. I thought she looked absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t stop gazing at her. I was sold.

So, the Myosotis. Once you nail the bodice fit, you’re laughing – but you do need to nail the bodice fit.

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Top Five Autumn Sewing Projects

One day you’re walking through parched fields, slathered in sunscreen. The next, squirrels are scampering before you and leaves crunch beneath your feet.

Ah, Autumn! The time of year when women clamber back into their tights and cardies and breath an audible sigh of relief. I don’t have to lay eyes on my own flesh for the next six months. Is there anything more satisfying?

Yes! Sewing for autumn. It’s a whole new season of inspiration, just as you thought you couldn’t churn out yet another Ogden cami. So, I thought I’d do a quick round up of projects for this time of year.

PYJAMAS

gingham pyjamas

I seem to collect pyjama patterns the way other women collect cats. I have several! You can’t really go wrong with a PJ sewing pattern as the fitting is close to negligible. The last pattern I worked from was the Kwik Sew 3553 and it was perfect.

If you like your bedtime toasty, hunt out some brushed cotton. A quick Google search turned up this and this.

If you prefer to stay cool, I recommend a quality viscose. I sewed a pair of pyjamas from this viscose at Stoff & Stil and I love wearing them.

pyjama sewing patterns

Of course, the ultimate question is whether or not 2018 should be the Year Of The Onesie? People seem to have strong opinions on these, so maybe I’d better move quickly on!

QUILT

To go with my pyjamas, maybe I should finally sew together these quilting squares. Any tips? I have 42 squares here and am a quilting novice.

quilting squares

COAT(S)

You absolutely cannot beat a coat for a satisfying autumn make. Or if you’re in the groove, make two! I use my Sew Over It Lola coat in chambray as an early Autumn outfit and then shrug on my pure wool V9275 longline bomber jacket as it gets colder. Both are easy to sew and have been worn on heavy rotation.

Sew Over It Lola Coat

bomber jacket

Ridiculous Posing Optional

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Can There Ever Be Too Much Content?

sewing patterns

One Of My All-Time Favourite Patterns

When I was recently interviewed on the Stitcher’s Brew podcast, one detail of sewing that Almond Rock and I touched on was the rise and rise of sewing pattern companies. When Amy and I began sewing about eight years ago, there were The Big Four – Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity and Butterick – and the only indie was Colette Patterns. Burda fitted in there somewhere.

Boy, has that picture changed.

The Foldline’s database of sewing patterns currently runs to nearly 250 pages of content. That’s a lot of patterns to sew. Interestingly, Tasia (who used to run Sewaholic) recently shared on Instagram that her sewing productivity runs to 21 items a year.

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See You At The Handmade Fair? Discount!

handmade fair

Yay, it’s The Handmade Fair this weekend at Hampton Court! Such a lovely part of London. Are you going? I am!

Kirstie Allsop Handmade Fair 2017

I attended for the first time last year and LOVED it. Don’t feel anxious about rocking up on your own – that’s what I did. It’s so friendly that you shan’t feel alone for long. The fair is great energy, loads of activities, the shopping is TO DIE FOR and there is a prosecco tent. Job done!

Handmade Fair Prosecco Tent

handmade fair 2017

handmade fair timetable

If you’d like a discount on your tickets, you can apply here and enter the discount code DYMT. This shall give you the following online discount:

Ticket Type Full Price Saving Offer Price
Entry Only £16 Save £4 £12.00*
Full Experience £33 Save £5 £28.00*
VIP £95 Save £10 £85.00*

I intend to be there on Saturday, so give me a wave if you see me! And if I’m dithering over buying some fabric, feel free to enable me.

HandmadeFair2 2018

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Sew Over It Marguerite Dress

sew over it marguerite dress

Ooh, how long has it been since I sewed a pretty dress? Too long!

This is the Sew Over It Marguerite Dress. I was instantly sold on the details. Those flattering gathers, cute sleeve cuffs and super feminine aesthetic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Lisa Comfort really understands the female body.

Way to flatter a woman’s figure, Lisa!

how to sew a party dress

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M7575 sewing pattern – free with Love Sewing magazine

M7575 sewing pattern

I was recently invited to sew the M7575 pattern that came free in August’s Love Sewing magazine – and I loved it so much I made two!

This is my second iteration sewn from a polyester bought years ago from The Man Outside Sainsburys. This pattern really suits a fabric with drape.

M7575 sewing pattern rear

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Sewing Weekender 2018

sewing weekender

Woven labels courtesy of Sew Me Sunshine

How often in life do you expect to meet a soul mate? Once, if you’re lucky?

How about meeting a hundred soul mates over a weekend where all you have to do is nothing more than sew, chat, listen, learn, eat, drink wine and devote 48 hours to nothing other than yourself, your sewing and your friends?

If that sounds appealing, you need to attend a Sewing Weekender, as organised by The Foldline and English Girl At Home.

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Sewing With Sequins

how to sew with sequins

embroidery

Do you ever sew outside your comfort zone? I recently decided to take my own sewing experiences one step further by enrolling for a sequin embroidery workshop with the Royal School of Needlework, hosted at the Bath Fashion Museum. And if that’s not a sentence to make you swoon, I don’t know what else to write.

But I’ll try. 😉

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The Maker’s Atelier Magazine, Autumn/Winter 18

velvet press board

Meet my beloved velvet press board, scooped up for me from a car boot sale. I barely use it but love owning it. A bit like this brass tape measure, I bought myself from the same car boot sale (different day, same venue).

What can I say? I loves me a car boot sale.

brass tape measure

I wouldn’t actually use this tape measure in my dressmaking. Woven tapes become stretched and distorted with age. But I enjoy owning it.

The Maker’s Atelier second quarterly magazine release (kindly gifted to me) inspired me to dig these items out. The theme is velvet, and what a sumptuous production this magazine is. I defy you not to utter gasps of delight as you turn the thick, snow-white pages.

makers atelier magazine autumn winter 18

makers atelier magazine velvet skirt

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Button Band Tip

how to sew a button band

I am currently sewing a blouse that asks you to attach a button band to a pre-hemmed front pattern piece. Above, you can see where the base of the button band meets the hem of the blouse front.

Whenever you have a junction like this, you want the two sections to meet up closely and accurately, so that there’s no ‘jump’ in the hem’s line.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a trick when attaching two sections like this – I end my row of stitching just short of the finish line. Can you see below, the little gape?

button band detail

sewing a button band

That little bit of leverage allows you to adjust and tweak the way the fabric sits, when you flip the rear of the button band over and sew it down. This, in turn allows you a smooth and accurate meeting point along the hem. Job done.

Sometimes, sewing is about knowing when not to sew. Sometimes, it’s the empty spaces that count! Do you have any tips like this, learnt from trial and error?

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