I was asked to make the bottom green dress in a size 7 and to give some feedback on the pattern and tutorial which were emailed to me. I decided to use some of this pretty fabric from Sew La La. Its so sweet and not too expensive!
I love tutorials that use photos rather than just written instructions or diagrams so this was perfect for me although at this point I really wasn't sure if I had followed the pattern correctly. I just couldn't see how this would resemble a dress in any way!
Luckily once turned inside out it began to take shape and started to look a bit more like the top of a dress should. How could I have doubted myself??
I then had to overcome my fear of buttonholes. In 41 years of sewing I have managed to avoid ever sewing a buttonhole. They are actually really easy - its a revelation!!
The finished dress. I was so pleased with it. It actually looks like it should!!
Little puffy sleeves
A cut out back
and the best thing - it fitted perfectly and was worn to a school disco the very same day!
The pattern for this dress is going to be launched in the next day or two and Lily Bird Studio have very kindly offered readers of my blog a 15% discount on any patterns purchased before Monday 25 July. You just have to enter SEW15OFF at the checkout. You can use it on any of the patterns from her website or etsy shop. She also has a facebook page here. Keep your eyes peeled for future pattern testing opportunities! I have already bought the following 3 patterns to try out and can't wait to get started now.
Lots of other sewing this week too. My first big order since I gave up work and stated sewing full time! 26 personalised pencil cases for some children leaving a Pre-School. My friend is the Manager there and so we matched particular fabrics to particular children. It was so much fun going through my stash to find something everyone would like.
I found a piece of transfer paper lying around so was able to print out the names of the children onto tape and add them as little tags to make them individual.
We added the coloured pencils from their Bookstart packs and they ended up being a perfect little gift. Hope they like them!
Wanted to say a huge thanks to Emma from Oscar and Rose Photography for taking some lovely family photos for us. They were gorgeous and we managed to find the only dry half hour slot this year!.
We even got a shot of me sewing!
Another huge thank you to the lovely Abby of Bubs Bears who has sweated and sewn for hours and hours making us 8 'Grandma' Remembrance bears from very difficult fabrics including cardigans and thin scarves!! They are absolutely beautiful and a wonderful way of using the clothes from a loved one. Izzy and Sam and all their cousins will have one each and each fabric holds special memories of their grandma.
We got first choice!