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Monday, 9 June 2014

Dress every day like you're going to get murdered in those clothes.


I decided to do another internet sewing challenge, this time an Outfit-a-long, where you make a dress and a cardigan, specifically to wear together.  I didn't want to buy yet another pattern that would live in the cupboard, never to be used again, so I used the Anna dress from By Hand London.  What a lovely clear pattern, with super instructions, and the dress is looking great. I didn't have enough fabric to make a maxi dress with a massive thigh high split, plus I'm not sure that would look very good on me.


It helps that the fabric is absolutely adorable, and carries a lot of the dodgy sewing and wonky seams.  I tried French seams on the shoulders, which was great, but I'm going to pink the seams on the skirt.  The skirt is made up of about 7 panels, so it swishes round beautifully when I twirl.  It's not quite finished, it needs a zip, a hem and a good press.

I'm just finishing off a sock for Simon, but after that I'm going to start the cardigan.  The designer is new to me, but her Miette cardigan is a favourite of sewing bloggers, possibly because they aren't knitters, possibly because they all seem to be about 7 with tiny little figures that suit cropped vintage styles.  I don't fancy the Miette, but the Myrna looks very nice, and I'm looking forward to knitting it.  Mine is going to be light blue, not a colour I often choose, but it matches my gorgeous little raccoons very well.


Are you interested in making matching things?  The fun I had during "me-made-May" (still can't say it) has highlighted a lot of gaps in the wardrobe, so I'm happily filling them with lots of lovely handmades; I'm aiming to knit a version of one of my absolute favourites in the next few months. watch this space.

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful fabric, I'm sure your finished dress will get a lot of wear out of it. I've got a thing about cardigans - I love them, and am about to make my first one for my daughter. I look forward to seeing the two items together.

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    1. Thank you! I'm very pleased with the fabric, it was the end of a roll in John Lewis a few weeks ago.

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  2. I agree with you, the dress fabric you chose is absolutely lovely. It sounds like with it be fun to wear and twirl the skirt! The sweater sounds pretty, too.

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    1. I've stalled a bit on the dress; I've got a zip to insert and I don't have time, as I'm just so busy at work. Rubbish.

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  3. Lovely! I'm loving knitting Miette (although I'm not tiny!) but I will deffo be making more of her patterns in the future..

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    1. Is it good? I might give it a whirl at some point; you can show me yours and I'll show you mine x

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