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Summertime Midi Skirt

Pattern Review: New Look 6346
I am getting on well with my Summer Sewing plans! A couple of weeks ago I sewed up this simple midi length skirt pattern - New Look 6346. Initially this skirt pattern passed me by. Looking at the pattern envelope I found the skirt was too wide. However when I saw Mimi G's version of the midi skirt I knew that I wanted to try it. 

I cut a generous size 16 and sewed this straight out of the envelope. I was worried that the skirt would be too wide but actually I think it is perfect as it is. One thing that I would say is that fabric choice is critical. This would not have worked for me if I had picked a stiffer fabric. I french seamed this as I didn't line it and didn't want the fabric to fray. I didn't have enough fabric to pattern match this, but looking at the photos I don't think that this matters too much. 

The fabric is viscose poly cotton blend. I can't remember where I purchased this from but I do know that it was from a Lond…

I Spy a Floral Print!

Pattern Review: New Look 6301
I am addicted to floral prints! I would say a good 85% of my stash is made up of floral print fabrics. Following on from my last two garments (blogged here and here) I decided to stick with the current  floral theme and sewed up this New Look mock wrap dress

My sewing group are currently running a Summer garment sew-a-long and I thought that a this floral fabric would fit the bill. I did sew it knowing that Autumn/Winter time this will be paired with a cardigan, tights and boots so I am really classing it as a transitional item :-)
I cut a size 14 for this dress. For the top of front bodice pieces (i.e. the cleavage) I cut the size 18 lines as I knew that I would want a little extra coverage. This worked perfectly and means it is work appropriate without a camisole underneath - win! 

I changed the construction process slightly for the bodice. I attached the front to the back at the shoulders first so that I could fit and remove some excess (1") fr…

Palazzo Pants

Pattern Review: Palazzo Pants Tutorial by Pinkchocolatebreak
Hello! Well my sewing mojo is well and truly back as here I am with another pattern review. This time with a DIY Palazzo Pants tutorial. 

I have a pair of super comfortable RTW pajamas that are like this and they are so great to lounge around the house with (in fact I rarely wear them to bed!) that I have been on the lookout for a Palazzo Pants tutorial. The tutorial says that they take 20 minutes. I am a slow seamstress so it took me 1.5 hours at a very leisurely pace from start to finish. 

There are a number of tutorials online but the one that I went with is by Pinkchocolatebreak. You need an existing pair of pajamas or pants to do this. I used a pair of slim legged tracksuit bottoms rather than pajamas and it worked out fine. I ended up having to take an inch in at the waist but other than that I had no other alterations. I didn't do any finishing on my seams as I was testing this tutorial but next time I would fini…