August Garment of the Month

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? 

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have wondered where you were! Very cute dress! Looks super versatile!

    My summer sewing went pretty much as planned. I'm moving on to fall though!

    1. Thank you! I know, it was so strange writing a blog post again - felt like ages. I am excited too for fall sewing. I have a few knits in my stash that are waiting to be made into some transitional pieces.

  2. I like your color choice as it is very pleasant.
    My summer sewing went well. I did stray from my monthly choices. I have one more outfit that I want to finish and wear before October.

  3. Great dress, and a nice fit too.

  4. Very pretty! And you got a beautiful fit on this version. Lovely.

  5. Like this dress very much. It looks like the sort of garment that will be suitable for multiple occasions and will take you into Autumn with the addition of a jacket or wrap.

  6. Lovely dress and I think the fit is already fabulous. You look gorgeous in it!

  7. I love the pattern! And the dress - really suits you :-)

  8. This looks really gorgeous on you, even though it not your normal. And you have nailed the fit.

    No wonder the mojo disappeared - traveling for work must be quite draining.

  9. I love this dress on you. It fits you beautifully and the colors are fantastic on you as well. Great job!

  10. Cute lady and dress is cute too. Did I read a yellow lining?


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