Showing posts from June, 2013

Lace Prom-Style Dress

Pattern Review - Butterick 4443
I wore this last weekend to celebrate my godmother's birthday. It was great to catch-up with family and the weather was fab. I was planning to wear this the following weekend, but my sewing mojo needing relieving and out popped this:-

Butterick 4443 is another one pattern where the line drawings and pattern reviews led me to purchase as opposed to the envelope picture. I was attracted to the simple bodice variations, but was worried by the slightly 'mumsy' looking model with the ill fitted gaping neckline.....

I feel pretty pleased with how this dress turned out, although I did spend alot of time perfecting the fit. I really shouldn't say 'perfecting' as (of course) I didn't bother to do an FBA. I cut a size 14 - the skirt was full enough at the hips so I didn't have to grade out to a 16. I took approximately 2.5" off the front and back at the waistline, and graded the seams out as they went up the bust. The only oth…

First Kwik Sew Pattern!

Pattern Review - Kwik Sew 3844
I have seen a number of lovely tank tops of late and it quickly made me realise that I have a hole in my wardrobe/pattern collection. Although I have sewed a simple top before I wanted something more casual. That said, the first thing that I sewed this pattern up in is black lace - not that casual at all. 
I had seen this Kwik Sew pattern a couple of times and been a bit stubborn about buying it. I am going to admit my prejudice here. I have previously avoided Kwik Sew patterns like the plague, as I couldn't believe that these patterns are priced higher than the average easy pattern, and at the same time have such terrible models/envelope pictures!
However, I  gave in and used my Sew Direct member discount to purchase it at half the price.  I think that it was worth it.

It's  really the fabric that steals the show here. This fabric was purchased to make a going out dress (currently on my sewing table). I purchased the fabric from Fabricland at a…