Hello, nothing for 2 years then twice a month.
I couldn’t resist through sharing these dreamy Lady McElroy fabrics.
When I got back from holiday at the end of May I went to Leeds and found Fabrics for All there I met Neil, Sarah’s husband, and although I had only gone to buy fabric for a Washi dress I was tempted by three.
Usually I go home, wash them and move onto the next temptation. Is that just me? Now I am determined to make what I buy and enjoy it. No more saving fabrics. I think that comes from when we were little and we had ‘best’ clothes we had to save for special occasions and that meant some were never or hardly worn. Also I work in an office in accounts and when I started I was included in official meetings so always wore formal and dark clothes. Now I am no longer included I am wearing what I want and what gives me most pleasure. Also going grey means I need to wear brighter and warmer colours to avoid disappearing.
So, ramble over, on to the 3 fabrics.
Jersey left, lawn middle and viscose on the right.
Having just bought the Regan Top by Sew me Something I was quick to cut out the short sleeve version. I have broad shoulders and struggle with sleeves but raglan sleeves fit much easier. This is such a well designed pattern. The pdf goes together perfectly. Going by the finished size I was happy to cut a size 14 needing only 1m for the short sleeve version. Past Karen had bought some pink ribbing and I cut this for the collar, cuffs and waistband. I am really pleased with how this turned out. Too many necks on me are really wide and I hate that drafty gap. This neck on me is perfect. The pattern also has long sleeves and can be made in sweatshirt, terry, fleece and scuba as well as the lighter jerseys. I can see this becoming my go to pattern in cooler weather and have seen some lovely long sleeve versions on IG.
This is a size 14. Pattern as pdf cost £10.00. Fabric cost £14.95. Great value for money and this pattern will be used many times. Really pleased with the results.
Next I moved onto the lawn. It’s name is Siesta Beach, OMG this fabric is so smooth and cool to the touch. It has a really close weave and the first thing I did was put a new needle in my machine and it deserved it. These are some amazing versions of the Kingfisher Top by The Sewing Revival on IG and I had to join in. This is a woven top with a jersey trim and a great way of using up odd smaller pieces of jersey as contrast. Again a very easy raglan pattern, the pdf went together well. This pattern is very different in that you buy a group of sizes. My bust size 41 put me as a XL size 16 so I bought the group M-L-XL I cut the large as its a loose fit and I am really pleased with size.
This is great with jeans, trousers and skirts and I like the length both loose and tucked in. As this only has trim on the collar and sleeve cuffs it really doesn’t need a lot of jersey. Again a great scrap buster.
This is a size large. Pattern cost £7.77. 1m Fabric cost £14.95. Great value again and yes there will be many more of these. They will be so useful at home and at work.
Last but by no means least this viscose named Pimpernel. A gorgeous red/orange that I had marked to become a Washi Dress I hadn’t realised until Me Made May that this had an elasticated back, making this the Menopausal Dress of Dreams. Seriously my waist line changes size by the hour never mind the day. This fabric has a little stretch to it almost like a crepe and this made it a little harder to cut out. Plenty of pins were used to line it all up before cutting. Sewing it was a dream. Shirring was a new experience. I read all the advice and watched a few YouTube videos recommended on the Made by Rae website. Seriously just give it a go, it’s like fabric magic.
The little cap sleeves are lovely and after adding them you bias bind the armhole and sleeve which leaves them lovely and neat. Because of the fabric I had to leave the dress hanging for a bit before trimming the hem then I just turned the hem up and sewed a double turn. This gives it a bit more weight and I think it hangs nicely.
Can you tell I love it!!
I made a large and the only thing I think I will change is to lengthen the bodice a little just to move the shirring down a bit. The pattern was about £11 converted and the fabric was £14.95 pm and I needed 2m. I will make loads more of these as I love it. On IG there are winter examples too and there is also a Washi expansion pack with different collar and sleeves.
Right, off to cut out something else while I am in the sewing flow.
Happy Sewing folks,