Pattern: By Hand London – Georgia Dress
Description: The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a panelled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!
Fabric used: Black cotton sateen and snake sequin material
Okay, so this is a tester version that I wanted to get a bit creative with an include my snake skin sequin material but to be honest I can’t really see myself wearing it. Although, that’s just the fabric I’m talking about, the pattern itself was pretty awesome. I’ve already run down to Spotlight and purchased some cute, lightweight printed denim material that I want to use instead (a little bit more me). But hey, why not show you guys my glitzy version! hehe!
Pattern: Self drafted pattern
Description: A cute baby doll dress with full pleated skirt.
Fabric used: Wool challis
I haven’t worn this dress in about ten years but I really wanted to take a photo of it because it was one of the first dresses that I got my mum to help me make. Admittedly, she did make most of it but it was so exciting to see the process of drafting up a pattern and stitching it all together. Thinking about it, it was one of the main reasons why I wanted to learn how to sew myself.
I would love to revamp it a bit now and take off the big buttons (which was actually in at the time hehe) and replace them with either no buttons or something a bit smaller. I absolutely love the white piping in it though, it makes it a very cute baby doll looking dress.
Pattern: Lekala Dress with Wrap Skirt
Description: A stylish dress with square neckline and mid length open wrap skirt.
Fabric used: Navy Floral Cotton Sateen and the Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I have made this dress before with a number if modifications in my previous Lekala Dress post. Like always, when I like a pattern…and I really, really like this pattern, I’ll make it a few times. The first navy dress below is basically the same as the Lekala pattern, with only a few modifications to the front neckline.
Pattern: Butterick 5949 Dress
Description: Lined dress has close-fitting, pleated, bias front bodice variations, waistband, and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I am a pretty big fan of Spoonflower fabrics, even selling a few designs online myself on my Sixteen Stitches Shop. You can go through the designs and make a favourites gallery of all the fabrics you love. These are fabrics that at times you just can’t find in store and if you can get really creative you can even make the fabric yourself!
The blue water colour fabric below by Joan McLemore is one of my favourites, which I’ve now purchased a few times for different dresses.
Pattern: New Look 6107 Skirt
Description: Straight slim fitted skirt with back zipper.
Fabric used: Blue lightweight linen
I needed a plain, slim fitted skirt to wear with a few outfits I had purchased this summer, one being a Witchery top that needed to sit flat. So I scoured my patterns and came up with this one. This skirt was incredibly simple to make and takes very little time. You could knock out a few of these in a night and is perfect for beginner sewers. I have since made a blue demin one in the same fabric as my latest BurdaStyle Smock dress and plan on making a black one to cover my basics.
Dress pattern: I’d love to be able to give you a pattern for this dress but it’s a huge mash up of different pattern pieces. I’ve basically drawn the front myself because I wanted something a bit ooh.. la la.
Fabric: Lace overlay, cotton lining.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Smocked Back Dress
Description: This heavenly corset style dress is lovely and versatile with a front snap placket, hip pockets, and a fitted smocked back bodice. It is easy to make with sewing instructions that have step-by-step images so even if this is your first sewing project you’ll be able to follow along!
Fabric used: Blue lightweight denim and Black Cotton Sateen
This BurdaStyle pattern is just soooo cute! It said easy in the description and it certainly was. I managed to knock this dress out while I was watching an episode of Outlander! (Minus the hand sewing and fabric covered buttons)
Pattern: Vogue Dress 1449
Lined, sleeveless dress (close-fitting through bust and fitted through hips) has neck band, jewel neckline, seam detail, drop-waist, pleated flounce, bias armhole band and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco
As soon as I saw this Vogue pattern I knew I wanted to make it because of all of the amazing drop waist patterns out there. One of my absolute favourite drop waist versions is House of Pinheiro’s Saiph Tunic.
So this pattern itself was really easy to make and didn’t have too many pattern pieces like Vogue normally does. For sizing I ended up cutting a 10 but I had to take it in about two sizes. So I would suggest doing a muslin first because you’ll probably find it to be quite a large fit. Especially with this stretch cotton sateen.
After I made my first beach Senna Tote (Craftsy Pattern) I was thrilled and wanted to make it again in this awesome fabric I got from Spoonflower. I always wash my fabric first and noticed that it did fade a tiny bit but it still looks effective.
Echidna Sewing January Project
If you’re interested in a sewalong head over to the Echidna Sewing blog, where they will be featuring a new Charity project each month. This month’s sewalong is dedicated to Aussie Heroes – A blog encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags for Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas, and to express our gratitude for their service.
The project is to sew a laundry bag themed for men, since that’s what they are currently needing. So, I had a look on Pinterest (as you do) and came up with this design below. It’s almost designed to look like a punching bag!