It has been ages since I last posted! I have been travelling to with work to Chicago, Vancouver and Abu Dhabi and my fabric stash has grown considerably as a result. However, my sewing mojo disappeared for the month of July and August, but finally it seems to have returned.
This pattern is New Look 6049 which I have made previously here. I was keen to try this in a non-stretch fabric as I was sure that it would affect the fit. I was right and as a result this version is slightly tight across the bust. I added 2.5 inches to the length and went out to a very generous size 16 at the hips to ensure that I would have ease to walk and sit comfortably. My final adjustment was to increase the narrow shoulder adjustment I had made previously. The neckline now lies flat which is great.
The fabric costs £3 and there was only 1 metre left when I picked it up at Nags Head Market in the Holloway area of London, close to where I live. I had originally gone to the market to get some meat from the butchers and somehow came home with 6 metres of fabric!! I have no idea exactly what the fibre content is, but I know that there are some man-made fibres in it. It washed beautifully and was a dream to sew with. I lined the dress with yellow lining from Simply Fabrics for £1 per metre.
This is not usually a colour that I would wear, but I am really pleased with how it turned out, and the more I wear and look at this dress the more I love it. I am also delighted with the fit. Only some minor tweaks and I think that I will have the perfect shift dress pattern for my shape.
You can see my Pattern Review here.
My September garment of the month is going to be view E of McCalls 6562. At the moment I feel as though I have a gap in my wardrobe for nice tops I can wear on a night out with jeans. I will play it by ear and see if there are any other items that take my fancy, as I am just happy that my sewing mojo is back and I am making a dent in my fabric stash.
How did your Summer sewing go? Did you accomplish everything that you set out for?