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3 TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS SEWING

3 TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS SEWING

Yes, being able to sew a dress in a day ready for the evening is a great goal but unless we have made the dress before we may end up with a half finished item, that is far from perfect as well as being stressed and disappointed that we didn't finish what we set out to achieve. Not ideal before a night out (!)

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The Camille Dress : Get ready to swoon!!

The Camille Dress : Get ready to swoon!!
The Camille Dress is the latest addition to the Dovetailed London sewing pattern range and is currently exclusive to Love Sewing magazine.  In this their extra-special 100th issue, the full instructions and a link to the digital pattern of this dress is available. 

The Toni Box Bag - Let's sew some Arm Candy: African print style!

The Toni Box Bag - Let's sew some Arm Candy: African print style!

The new book from Adaku ‘Sewing with African Wax Prints’ is a project book full with colour and inspiration. The Toni Box Bag my the second project from the book and my first time creating a bag. The Toni bag is a large tote bag with a magnetic clasp. It’s lined with fusible fleece to give the bag structure and the lining can be made in contrasting fabric or like me the same fabric as the outer. 

The Jennifer Jumpsuit: The on-trend Summer staple.

The Jennifer Jumpsuit: The on-trend Summer staple.
This pattern has 4 pieces: front bodice, back bodice, front trouser and back trouser.  There is also an option to have a fully lined bodice which I didn't use at this time. The  jumpsuit came together very quickly in less than an hour.
Attaching the zips, binding neckline and sleeve edges were a breeze and instructions can be found on page 114-115; 120-121.

The Christie Circle Skirt: A simple sew with amazing results!

The Christie Circle Skirt: A simple sew with amazing results!
As a circle skirt lover, one thing I have come to realise is really important is waiting for the hem to drop. As circle skirts are made on the bias [*note that this skirt was cut on the cross-wise grain*], the fabric is likely to drop in different areas of the skirt. As such, you should wait before hemming your skirt.

The Philippa Pinafore Dress: Stylish and oh so versatile!

The Philippa Pinafore Dress: Stylish and oh so versatile!

This pattern is marked a three star difficulty (most of the other garments are two stars) and there definitely were some new techniques for me. I’d never done a half elasticated waist before, it was quite fiddly and a bit different from elastic all the way round, because you don’t pull the elastic through a channel, you insert it from the long side. It felt a bit counterintuitive and was a bit fiddly, but it worked a treat! It’s so nice to have it fitted at the back waist but still have a nice clean flat front. Definitely more half elasticated waists in my future!

 

Wax Print Lottie Culottes: A Super Comfy Staple

Wax Print Lottie Culottes: A Super Comfy Staple
The Lottie Culottes pattern was an incredibly easy sew, without the pockets they took me less than two hours from start to finish. African wax print is always a joy to sew and when the pattern is this straightforward, making these culottes is such a pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours. The instructions and illustrations were so easy to follow!

The Dorothy Dress: Work from home in style!

The Dorothy Dress: Work from home in style!
I chose to make the Dorothy dress, an straightish tunic with patch pockets, a boat bracket and bell sleeves.  For me, it's the right balance between casual and dressed up. I'm working from home for the foreseeable future, and even before the pandemic I didn't have the kind of social life that required a lot of fancy frocks, but I do love a dress, and I thought the sleeves add that extra bit of interest.